Here’s a magical that fits right in with the holiday theme of the day. Bozeman-based architect Reid Smith created this stunning stone home design for owner Marsha Hill and her huge family which includes her husband Greg, their five children and six grandchildren – with one more on the way! This all-season getaway high in the mountains of Montana offers skiing in the winter months, tennis in the summer, and regardless of the weather it’s a warm, cozy spot for all to gather and enjoy each other’s company. The house sits atop a ridge, cantilevered over the valley below, maximizing views and enhancing its sense of height.
The stone exterior features naturally uneven blocks that deliver a rustic cabin home aesthetic, complemented by wood and stone archway that extends into the house, guiding you in.
Interiors are exactly what you’d expect from the rustic facade, with the same stone walls, wood columns and overhead arches that define its exterior. The foyer welcomes you with a massive three-sided stone fireplace worthy of Santa himself. A rustic swing hangs before it, inviting you to sit and thaw from the cold outside.
The three-sided fireplace anchors the living room, dining room and kitchen, sharing its warmth and its charm.
The traditional style kitchen is clearly a hub in this home, with a large center island surrounded by a wood surface for sipping wine and keeping the chef company during meal prep. A banquette around the corner offers a separate sitting and eating area – just for the kids! A bold black and white backsplash is an instant focal point in this country kitchen.
The formal dining room is a delicious, dramatic space outfitted with a fit dining table and seating for 14.
A small sitting area with a daybed overlooks the ski bridge. The what? The site’s steep slope made access to the home and hills difficult, to the architect incorporated a 31-ft, tall elevator tower leading to the home through steel doors. At the tower’s base, a ski room provides storage for gear and convenient ski-in, ski-out access.
An indoor teepee surrounded by a forest of wood pillars.
Bunk beds! The kids’ sleeping area adjoins to the master bedroom.
The ski room at the foot of the elevator tower is as cozy as they come, wrapped in wood and complete with sled-inspired ottomans and a hot chocolate station.
The powder room is the only modern style space in the whole house, with textured animal-print wallpaper and an onyx vessel link.
We love this log wall, featuring cut log in various sizes.
Each bedroom was inspired by one of the five children, with a design and name that followed suit: Rushing Buffalo, Silly Moose, Dancing Fawn, Hungry Bear and Gray Wolf.
photo credits: Reid Smith Architects & Gibeon Photography