The owners purchased a twenty year old “California Ranch” style home in Montana’s Bitterroot mountains. They challenged us with the task to completely remodel the exterior and interior into a “Montana Ranch”. Aside from residing the exterior and replacing finishes internally we completely demolished the living and dining areas and rebuilt them with a true timber frame structure anchored by a two- sided stone fireplace. Timber trusses, beams, columns and detailing is integrated throughout the building creating a complete ensemble made up of individual parts.

The fireplace face is flush with the surrounding inside wall surface with the mass projected to the outside also providing an exterior fireplace (opposite) for a terrace beyond. The stone chimney stack is completely outside the glass wall allowing more light and view to penetrate the interior spaces. The main entrance door was designed within a Douglas- Fir custom timber frame with glass sidelights and transoms. The intent was to set the theme for the interior by utilizing Mortice and Tenon connections, contrasting walnut pegs and unique joinery details.