An Elegant and Rustic Montana Home On 15 Acres

The Big Hole Fishing cabin located in Twin Bridges, Montana is a modest but elegantly refined fishing cabin that is truly a part of its site along the Big Hole River. The main residence with its 3,850 square feet of space has low-slung rooflines and natural building materials that echo the high alpine prairie’s palette, while thoughtfully designed exterior spaces protect from the elements. The traditional yet classic details give the impression that this cabin building has been lovingly maintained for generations, and that it will continue to provide shelter and joy to the families inhabiting it for generations to come.

The American West speaks to the wild countryside with its wide-open skies and finds joy in a timeless, enduring landscape. This land is part of a shared heritage and an indelible backdrop to the lives of those who settle there. When you approach architectural design as more than just combining a series of rooms, your range of influences stretches further as well. At Miller Roodell, their design aesthetic steers them toward the textures, color palettes, and building material choices grounded in this region. Ultimately, their goal is to build spaces that help you experience the surroundings, instead of merely insulating you from them. It’s a result they believe can only be achieved by including everyone in the process—from the clients themselves to the contractors and craftsmen, to the material suppliers, and on down the line.

By listening, exchanging inspired ideas, and being transparently honest, what might have been a sterile process becomes an enjoyable exercise in creativity. After all, your home will be more than a house, so it follows your architect needs to be more than a designer. At Miller Roodell Architects, they welcome that role and have found that a fulfilling collaboration results in an exceptional home. The following are some of the steps to designing a home to include site selection, design, and concept to reality.

Site Selection. Before any building project begins, a site must be selected. The sites attribute both positive and negative are taken into account. Factors such as access and approach, sun angles, drainage, views are all considered. Once a site is selected, the designer then moves on to the fundamental aspects of creating a hierarchy of spatial relationships and functions for the building project.

Design. This is the time to start designing. Broad strokes outline the basic rooms and how the rooms are impacted by the building site’s natural features. Once everyone has a general sense of the layout and how it interacts with the land, they can move on to more detailed drawings. Building materials are discussed and the aesthetics of the finished project start to come into view.

Concept to Reality. This is the bridge between design and the actual building. It is a time of intensive communication as the designers make sure all parties involved have a complete understanding of the project. From 3D modeling to photos, realistic renderings to one-on-one conversations to the construction documents themselves, this is the time during which it all becomes real.


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