“Keith and Wendy were attracted to the idea of having some open space while continuing to be a part of a community,” explains architect Andrew Brechbuhler of Brechbuhler Architects PLLC in Bozeman. “They had built homes in the south and had recently purchased and remodeled a home in California. Now they wanted a place that gave them the ease of California living mixed with the elbow room afforded by living in Montana.”
Finding two lots together in a cul-de-sac enabled the Gordons to devise a larger footprint for their dream home, including a separate “casita” for long-term guests. The choice to go with a timber-framed design was simple — no matter how many styles they toyed around with, the couple kept coming back to the idea of combining an open plan with superb craftsmanship.
“We always knew we wanted life centered around an open area that would be large enough for our friends and family to be there with us, yet comfortable for Keith and I to have our own space, too,” shares Wendy. “We wanted a contemporary design to suit our tastes, but one that was rustic enough to make every space have an earthy warmth to encourage relaxation. Real craftsmanship was also key.”
The idyllic setting they found also warranted a seamless transition between outdoors and in, and this played a prime role in the home’s overall design. The couple worked carefully with Andrew to come up with a floor plan that met all of their needs.
“The design centered around the double-height great room,” explains Andrew. “Since this is the main space for entertaining and relaxing with family, it needed to extend to the outdoor spaces seamlessly. A larger footprint allowed for expansive outdoor living and enabled us to properly capture the view to the Bridger Mountain Range. We also carefully oriented the home to maximize privacy.”
The result of this meticulous planning is a 5,700-square-foot timber home that marries form and function, while showcasing the beauty of traditional wood craftsmanship within a contemporary clean-line design. Reclaimed timbers from a local supplier make a sophisticated statement.
Built by Dovetail Construction of Bozeman, the entire home is a true work of art, showcasing fine craftsmanship while capturing majestic views. “The team were builders extraordinaire,” gushes Wendy. “They are fully invested in their projects and take the quality of their work very personally, as they would in building a home for themselves.”
Inside, a serene, neutral color scheme defines the space. “We wanted to make sure that the palette was neutral enough to let views of the Bridger Range captivate when in the space,” says Teresa.
Artistic touches abound, as both of the homeowners are artists in their own right. “Comfort, with a bit of artistic eclecticism, were definitely drivers in this project,” shares Teresa.
Textile art, sculptures, wood pieces and custom lighting fixtures are just a few of the owners’ creations that lend a splash of vibrancy and personalization to the home. Several unique log lighting fixtures, crafted by Keith, reveal his passion for woodworking. Not only does the new home afford ample space for showcasing custom pieces, it also incorporates a spacious 1,200-square-foot wood shop on the lower level.
“Keith’s passion for craftsmanship and woodworking requires space,” says Wendy with a laugh. “His new wood shop is dreamy — and his honey-do list is long!”
With a finely crafted home and views that leave people speechless, it’s unlikely that Keith will run out of projects or design inspiration anytime soon. But even if his to-do list doesn’t get any shorter, he has a glorious new home that’s sure to make him proud for many years to come.
Architect: Brechbuhler Architects PLLC