Located on a prominent piece of land adjacent to Grant Creek in Missoula, this new home meets the lifestyle goals of a young, active family. The owners, who travel to Chamonix, France, yearly to ski, aspired for a clean farmhouse/modern Scandinavian design, yet also wanted the organic, imperfect old world charm inherent in European architecture. Through strong design ideology and material palette, both aesthetics are achieved.
The design includes: a specially ventilated gear room for a plethora of skis and hockey equipment, a garden harvest and canning room, copious storage for boats and river gear, a future ceramics workshop, a porch with automated screens, two in-law units, a resistance spa and pool; and an area graded for a hockey rink in the front yard. In fair weather, a 24’ wide movable glass wall opens to connect the interior to a patio contained within the u-shape of the home.
From the living room, outdoor patio, and master suite, the sounds of the creek are ever present during spring and summer. The passage of light throughout the house over the course of the day sets the mood in the various spaces. Once construction was complete, the owners reinstalled their tree platform and zip line. Construction was completed by Edgell Building Inc. in 2017.