Luminous three-story, shingle-style cottage on Whitefish Lake

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With a secluded setting and pristine water views, this shingle-style cottage is nestled on Whitefish Lake, Montana, owned and designed by the principal of Landmark Builders. The owners had lived nearby this property and when it became available, they jumped on the opportunity after coveting it for so long. The main challenge was the topography, so the builder had the site lowered eight feet to bring it closer to the water. Extensive retaining walls were constructed and a twelve foot basement was created, taking six months just to get the lot they way they wanted it before they could even begin construction.

The couple created custom features that would cater to their lifestyle needs, which was to host their six grown children and thirty grandchildren in their new home. The couple wanted an architectural aesthetic that is in keeping with their surroundings, so they opted for a shingled, cottage style home. During the winter months, the area can be quite dark, so the interior materials needed to be kept light and airy, selecting white woods and expansive windows to draw in natural light.

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The result: a sprawling three-story shingle-style cottage encompassing 6,800 square feet of living space with a great room showcasing soaring ceilings and windows engulfing views of the lake. There is also a kitchen on the main level and even on the lower level to make entertaining a breeze. Every floor offers powder rooms and guest bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The property additionally has a garage spacious enough to hold five cars, a workshop, guest house and a beautiful stone potting shed.

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What We Love: This shingle-style cottage offers beautiful rooms and plenty of outdoor living areas for entertaining guests and enjoying outdoor activities. Not only is this home stunning both indoors and out, its pristine lakeside setting is breathtaking, we could imagine sitting on the terrace and enjoying the sun setting over the water…. heaven! What are your thoughts, would this lakeside cottage be your idea of a dream house?

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Outside, the cottage has plenty of covered porches and decks to offer inhabitants spectacular water views, while the main and lower level terraces have fireplaces to keep guest warm year round. There is also a boathouse and a dock to enjoy spending time on the lake or to just be closer to the water.

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The interiors were designed by local design firm Traditions, which is owned by the wife. The designer applied an eclectic mix of styles, new furnishings mixed with antiques. A layering textures helped to tone down all the white wood, making the home feel more comfortable and infusing it with warmth. Black and white is the designers favorite color combination, so she applied those colors throughout the main living space.

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The living room walls feature white tongue-and-groove planks that contrasts beautifully with the reclaimed wood flooring, beams and ceilings.

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The design of this powder bathroom was inspired by a trip to a secondhand stone, where the designer found a collection of local newspapers. Hand-selected based on interest, they were applied as wallpaper for guests to read about the history of the area.

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A stone-clad potting shed pictured above features its own porch to sit out and enjoy the pristine water views.

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Photos: Courtesy of Landmark Builders

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