Atop a massive rocky outcropping, this elegant home, designed by award-winning architect, Joe Magaddino, is barely visible in the stand of trees that was preserved during construction. Warm and natural materials such as, new and recycled woods, native stone, and hand-forged steel detailed with natural mica add to the natural beauty of this magical getaway.
The clients wanted a log home reminiscent of the historical lodges in nearby Glacier National Park. Steve, with award-winning architect Joe Magaddino, imported the massive logs from Canada to construct this open and grand home to the delight of the owners. The use of indigenous materials such as, log and stone throughout, tie this large home to the land.
This beautiful vacation getaway features local stone inside and out with hand-hewn timbers and high ceilings. The main house (upper 2 photos) features extensive outdoor space with a large stone patio, built-in stone cooking area, and beautiful landscaping. The owner takes care of business while on vacation in the separate office (lower left) that is just a short walk from the main house across a heated stone walkway. The guesthouse (lower right) completes the cohesive design of the family and business getaway located on a beautiful northwest Montana lake.
Old World Mountain Castle
This house is a dream come true for the homeowners. The 'castle' effects begin with the copper trimmed turrets that overlook a beautiful meadow of grasses, trees, and wildflowers with the occasional bear sighting. The extensive stone masonry work on the outside of the house is amazing and adds to the 'old-world' feeling that the owners wanted to impart. With stone fireplaces and arches, hand-hewn beams, and a beautiful circular stairway, the interior definitely has a make-believe story to tell with a happy ending for the homeowners.
Steve designed and built his own house on the high banks of a mountain stream surrounded by evergreens, cottonwoods, and aspen trees. Wildlife abounds even while sharing the log-fenced pastures with the horses. It is a testiment to the design and natural materials used on the house such as, natural cedar siding and stone and brick masonry, that it blends so well with the landscape. However, it's the added details - large porches with Victorian-style posts, spindles, and brackets, balcony, and turret - that make a statement that this house is something much more than a typical Montana country house. The inside of the house features custom-milled oak trim, crown moulding, wainscotting, and cabinetry. With the stenciling and wallpaper throughout the house, it's hard to believe that this house hasn't been a part of the landscape for a century or more!