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Home is where your heart resides. It is an expression and reflection of your sensibilities, values, aspirations, and lifestyle. Are you an explorer? A nature lover? A hiker, dreamer, pragmatic thinker? Gourmet cook? Do you crave the minute details that catch your eye and cause you to pause? Are you a connoisseur of the finer things in life? Are you hoping to live “greener?” If you answer yes to any of these questions, then this meticulously designed and crafted 6,969 sq. foot (per architect/ 5,100 sq. ft. per appraiser) home will resonate with you.
Paying homage to the setting, materials, and aesthetics of Montana today, the home, completed by Highline Partners and Todd Thesing in 2009, is dramatically situated on 20 acres of undulating hillsides adjacent to Bozeman’s iconoclastic “M” trail and the Bridger Mountains. Access to the extensive trail system and state lands is seamless. The grass-covered hills, ideal for horses, provide stunning 360-degree views stretching to the distant horizons and encompassing the entire valley. Views are protected, and the neighboring 300 acres is in conservation easement.
A collaboration between the owners and renown Bozeman architect Frank Cikan, the 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath home creates a low impact on the environment both from its use of materials that are harmonious with the surrounding hills, and with “Green” building inspected for future LEED Certification by Bill Schwahn. Energy efficient, with many systems installed to minimize its footprint, the home is equipped with a 7Kw Solar System that is the largest residential installation in southwestern Montana. Off-the-grid living is a distinct possibility.
Driving up to the house, you may imagine you are in the Tuscan hills or California Wine Country due to the combination of materials: wheat-colored plaster Dryvit, stones, and reclaimed timbers accented with the Vokna energy efficient sienna-red window cladding. The placement of two-story, stone-faced towers anchor the structure in the imposing natural landscape and add to the Italian flavor.
The entry, with a wide front porch covered with reclaimed wood timbers and planks crafted into an imposing curve, welcomes you into the core of the “public” spaces. The front door, arched to mirror the porch roofline, opens into a spacious foyer, the center axis of the grand gallery hallway with slate flooring and deep-hued moss-green plaster walls ideal as a backdrop to art. Your eye, however, is instantly drawn to the living room, with its near-cathedral vaulted wood ceiling and bank of windows showcasing the south-western facing valley vistas.
The term “Great Room” is over-used, however, in this home it is an understatement. Bookended on the living room with a stone wall (with second story balcony in library overlooking the space) and wood-burning fireplace that includes a hearth stone for sitting, and on the opposite end with a matching stone wall alcove for the kitchen’s 6-burner w/ griddle, 2-oven Viking Range, this room is both invitingly cozy and awe inspiring. The world outside is always present, and can be contemplated from the built-in window seat, or easily accessed through french doors opening to the outdoor entertaining areas. Wide planked reclaimed Georgian pine floors and soft earthy-palette plaster walls warm the space. The transition from living and dining areas to the kitchen takes place not only due to the dining built-in sideboard with granite top and glass doors, and the kitchen island, but also the transition to the Indian slate flooring used in the adjacent hallway and other rooms in the house.
The gourmet kitchen is equipped with top of the line appliances and materials. The counters are honed black granite with flamed Utuba granite on back splash, setting off the pickled-wood custom cabinets. The farmhouse sink is situated for panoramic views. All appliances are stainless, including the Liebherr French door refrigerator with freezer drawers. The wood-topped island has a bar sink and seating area. A powder room, off the kitchen in the grand hall, is stylishly outfitted with a vessel sink, as are most bathrooms, adding an element of “contemporary” and “modern.”
The main-floor master suite, located at the south-west corner of the home, with doors opening to a private covered deck, has the wide plank pine floors, a walk-in closet with built-ins, and a bathroom fitting of a fine spa. The raised his and her sinks on the Travertine counter are a counterpoint to the Victoria Albert oval tub, the glass-fronted shower includes a rain shower, glass mosaic tile floor, glass bench, and Travertine walls complementing the ribbon Travertine flooring in the room.
Other bedrooms are equally lavish, with many similar details, coloring and materials slightly altered. Upstairs from the master wing of the grand hall, is a staging alcove with built-in cubbies that leads to a work-out room with rubber flooring and a carpeted bedroom suite that features a large love seat overlooking the valley, a sliding barn door to the stylish bathroom and a glass-faced shower with stone pebbled tiles. All carpeting used within the house is 100% Virgin Wool.
At the other end of the grand hallway, beside the Great Room, is an inviting den with double doors, a stone fireplace, built-in TV, carpeting, and doors to the outside. A full bathroom acts as a powder room for the den and also a bathroom for the guest room that has matching built-in bunk beds, with the lower bunks queen-sized and upper bunks full size. Another bedroom, across the hall, on the south-east corner of the home, has a full bath, carpeting and large picture windows.
A staircase beside the den takes you to the library overlooking the living room. The wide planked wood floors, dark stained alder bookcases, built-in corner seat and stone fireplace invite you to linger.
Also, from this hall, you access the lower level, which is 1,100 sq. feet with a half basement ready to be finished into a media or rec room with egress windows and the core mechanical room.
The main floor includes a large mud room/laundry off the 3 car garage with the slate flooring, built-in cubbies, Bosch Washer and Dryer, and storage. A smaller garage, for “toys”, has a private entrance to the home as well as access to the larger garages. The very private tower office is accessed from here, with carpeted stairs that open into a spacious office evoking a tree house due to windows on all four sides. Built-ins simplify and enhance the workspace.
Bill Costigan wired for the home for sound, cable, CAT5. All paints used are VOC, railings are hand wrought iron through-out. Trim wood is alder. Timbers, soffit wood, and accents throughout are reclaimed woods.
This home has been built in such a manner that it can be LEED certified and more than likely an owner could live off the grid. It is registered for LEED certification.
The owners and builders are happy to discuss the many technical features that have been installed in order to be a LEED building.
Some of the features include:
- A 7Kw Solar Array system that is set up for electricity and located for prime southern exposure. It is not a tracking array. It is photovoltaic panels.
- House is plumbed for solar water but is unfinished. Meanwhile, water is from solar photovoltaic.
- A subterranean geo-thermal water-to-air ground source system is in working order
- “R” Values: rigid insulation throughout. Walls: R49, Ceilings R60
- Windows: Energy Star qualified Vokna windows and doors with U Value .25
- HRV (heat recovery ventilation system) to preheat fresh air insures quality air. Insulated ducts inside the house.
- 2 septic tanks, with a 4 bedroom approval in place. Grey water downspouts for rainwater are installed, but tank has not been installed.
- Radon system installed