Minnesota Lake Home

This modern residence, located on a secluded Minnesota lake, serves as a second home for a retired couple and their extended family. A limited material palate was orchestrated to anchor the home to the site and open it to take in outside living areas, trees and lake views. Briggs Architecture served as the design consultant for this home. Lead architect is Hoffmann Morgan & Associates. Builder: Stonefield Builders – Willmer, Minnesota

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Field’s Addition

This small project provided a challenge in balancing the owners’ need for a new modern master bath added to their 1927 Federal style home. The young couple loved their vintage home but had an affinity for clean modern and minimalist design. We chose to detail the addition’s exterior so it would appear “seamless” with the original, but provided a contrasting modern interior. A point of contradiction appeared where the best position for the vanity and mirrors conflicted with the properly placed and proportioned windows of the front facade. We developed an innovative solution with craftsmen at Hallenbrand Glass, LLC of Waunakee, Wisconsin. Together, we designed a moving mirror system that allowed the mirrors to slide along a stainless steel rail,…

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Stacy Lane

The opportunity to work with a colleague that later becomes a client is a rewarding and complimentary endorsement. Eight years earlier while working as a corporate architect for Bass Pro Shops, I met and worked with my future client in his role as president of a major handcrafted log company in western Montana. His company supplied logs and timbers for Bass Pro’s Big Cedar Resort in Missouri in which I was involved in the design of several resort of buildings in the rustic and Adirondack styles. A few years later, after I founded Briggs Architecture, we continued to collaborate on some custom home and lodge designs, across the country. When it came time for his family to build a new home he…

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Rocky Top

The owners purchased property with an existing home and detached garage near the top of a mountain in western Montana. The home is a low-slung ranch with a wrap around porch, barn wood siding, exotic wood flooring and built-ins. The existing garage was unattractive and not adequate for their vehicle storage demands and it was the first building seen at the end of their access drive. They soon raised the garage and on another area of the property begin planning a new “vehicle stable” to include 5 bays with a tall 16’ bay in the center for a large RV. With the existing ranch house as a starting point, I begin designing the vehicle stable and connector to the home…

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Grizzly Green Lodge

This lodge was to reflect the character of the Owners’ interpretations of ‘Montana’ especially inspired by our national park buildings.

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Strong Residence

This is a design that emerged from the owners desire to create a home inspired by diverse sources within an Arts and Crafts linage. We created a ‘history’ in this home in a way that it appeared to have been built and added to over several generations with inspiration contemporary with different ages. Art, music, literature and architecture from over 300 years was pulled together in a cohesive unit in this composition of a private dwelling. Sources as diverse as John Ruskin, the Bible and Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” literature inspired the design throughout. General Contractor: Michael D. Smith Homes – Springfield, MO Photography by Tim Ludwig, Springfield, MO

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Blodgett Canyon Lodge

This western Montana home on a nearby creek is sited in a valley with views towards two mountain ranges one to the east and one to the west. The western mountains provided the most desirable views. Comfortably handling the late afternoon sun was a major design issue. Since most of the owners private and social activities occurred in late afternoon into the evening, dealing with the harsh afternoon sun was a design challenge. Large expanses of glass with coatings to reduce the UV infiltration were installed to capture the views. We also integrated a pergola design that projected beyond the windows, providing shading along with the careful placement of planting and landscape elements. The west elevation illustrates the massing and…

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Double Eagle Ranch Residence

The owners of the Double Eagle Ranch approached us to design a new home appropriate to their Rocky Mountain setting on the Salt River near Jackson Hole, WY. The style was inspired by western art and tradition and includes materials and design details historically associated with the area. General Contractor, Huhtala Construction, Star Valley, WY Photography by Briggs Architecture

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Flathead Upscale Apartments

The drawings shown here illustrate a proposed 100 unit residential development near Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park in western Montana. The ‘eye level’ perspective and the two single building elevation sketches represent a portion or ‘sample’ of the multi building development. The intent here was to convey the general design character, scale, materials selections and colors proposed. Two overall complete elevation renderings delineate major views from the two perimeter avenues that boarder the property. These drawings were crucial in gaining support from adjacent property owners and used for developer and county design review board approvals as well as marketing purposes.

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