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Rustic mountain retreat in Big Sky resembles an old lodge

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This rustic mountain retreat was custom designed by Connecticut-based architects Brooks and Falotico Associates, located in the ski resort town of Moonlight Basin, in Big Sky, Montana. The design of this homestead was inspired by the look and feel of the lodges in some of our first national parks. The architects applied a massing technique to the exterior facade, which helps to keep the scale of the home more modest and inviting. Material selection is key to the success of this technique.

A family vacation home, the 5,500 square foot timber framed structure was constructed out of reclaimed lumber, which helps it to blend into its surroundings. The interiors are very symmetrical, designed to maximize the views of the surrounding mountainscape. Upon entrance into the home, you are welcomed into a spacious great room with voluminous ceilings and fabulous mountain vistas.

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The goal of the design was to create a sanctuary where the homeowners could escape to the mountains and enjoy a place that is nature-oriented. The materials are very organic and adds to the beauty of the home. The homeowners also had a deep commitment to sustainability, wishing to tread lightly on the site. In addition to the use of reclaimed materials, the architects installed wind generated and geothermal power—a windmill at the back of the property takes advantage of the high winds off the mountains.

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Above: The two-and-a-half story great room is centered around expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that perfectly frames the Spanish Peaks in the distance. The slate flooring compliments the rustic aesthetic of this mountain retreat.

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Above: The walls are comprised of weathered Idaho pine, while the stone of the fireplace surround features stones that match the rock embedded in the nearby mountains. Working with the homeowners on a past residence, interiors studio Lynn Morgan Design helped to create a fresh design aesthetic to the home. Veering away from typical cabin style decor, the designer added a contemporary flair with organic elements.

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What We Love: This striking rustic mountain retreat is a heavenly oasis to relax and enjoy a peaceful setting surrounded by mountains. The great room is stunning with its soaring ceilings, expansive glass windows capturing the views and rustic wood walls and stone fireplace. This is a dream vacation home for those who love the mountains.

Readers, what do you think, would this be your idea of the perfect vacation retreat? Let us know why or why not in the comments below.

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Above: On the second level there are four master bedroom suites, all with the same layout. A unique tree branch spindle staircase leads you up to yet another level, where you will find two sets of bunkrooms, each with five cozy log bunk beds and two trough style sinks. A cool escape for the kids!

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Photos: Gordon Gregory

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