Here’s a tip of the 10-gallon hat to the American past.
This retreat in Bigfork, Montana, draws on the heritage of the Old West with its rugged chinked-log construction. But beyond the exposed beams and reclaimed wood, the log cabin home is all new West – and a modernized model for western living today.
Set on a mountainside among pines, the house is in the family friendly, private community of Saddlehorn, which overlooks Flathead Lake.
Walls of stacked boulders line the driveway. The first level and portions of the second are clad in stone. Planed beams complete the exterior.
The rustic ambiance continues indoors with forged steel hardware, hewn stonework, galvanized metal and concrete floors. The chinked log walls, vintage fixtures and push-button lights add to the vibe.
The open-concept living room, dining area and kitchen have a lodge-like feel. A stone fireplace occupies one side of the room, while a bank of windows brings in light on the other. Heavy ceiling beams emphasize the horizontal lines of the log walls.
The great room opens to a landscaped patio with an outdoor fireplace. Stone steps along the side of the house also lead to terraced space, which is sheltered by boulder walls.
An exterior stairway leads to the 1,644-square-foot home’s flat roof, which is designed as a viewing deck and stone garden. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
A separate guest house has been designed for the half-acre property by Seattle-based architects Olson Kundig. The foundation has already been plumbed and wired.
Saddlehorn residents have the use of a waterfront member’s lounge, a separate boat house, a three-season pavilion overlooking the lake, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and more than five miles of walking trails.
The community is close to the village of Bigfork, Flathead and Whitefish lakes and Glacier National Park. Bigfork offers fine dining, art galleries and a vibrant theater and performing arts scene.
Flathead Lake, surrounded by millions of acres of wilderness, is the largest freshwater body of water west of the Mississippi.
Hunting, fly fishing, boating and golfing are among things to do in the area. Winter pursuits include skiing and dog sledding.
Glacier Park International Airport is about 37 miles from the property.