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 called me and the process began that deepened our friendship and provided a home that they have enjoyed over the past few years. Being a bicycle enthusiast, we later designed a workshop addition to the home. The family wanted their home to express their love of handcrafted log building, park style architecture and to showcase their business’ product. Throughout the design process I kept these intentions in mind and developed a three-level home with bedroom and study suites on the upper floor, master suite, music silo, great room, kitchen, dining and 3 car garage on the main level. The garage floor is a structural slab allowing a full walkout finished basement below.
This home has been featured in numerous publications, on HDTV and has played host for many industry meetings and training sessions displaying a wide array of log and timber construction techniques.