Rustic yet refined mountain home surrounded by Montana’s wilderness


This striking architectural masterpiece was designed by one of our favorites, Locati Architects, located in beautiful Seeley-Swan Valley in Western Montana. This rustic retreat is surrounded by lush meadows, stocked ponds, streams and rugged mountains in the background. The 12,000 square foot residence features two separate structures connected to the main house by glass corridors. The exterior facade is comprised of wood, glass and stone, an ideal aesthetic in this locale. The architects maximized the vistas that surrounds this home, incorporating expansive windows throughout. This also helps to illuminate the spaces of this sprawling retreat with natural light. The homeowners are from Texas, building this as a vacation home for their kids and grandkids to gather together on a regular basis. Their property consists of a sprawling 44,000 acres, talk about a lot of privacy!


At the front of the property, is a heli-pad for the homeowner, who frequently pilots his own helicopter. Snow-capped mountains can be seen in the distance. At the rear of the site, you will find plenty of outdoor seating areas. Adirondack chairs wrap around fire pits, creating a nice ambiance to enjoy sunsets. On one side of the home you will also find a spa, perfect for taking the chill off a crisp Montana evening. And don’t get us started on that beautiful pond, who needs a swimming pool when you can refresh in nature? Imagine getting cozy in your master bedroom with views of a rippling pond, greenery for miles and beyond to mountains. Now this is a home we would love to come home to! Look on for the rest of the home tour!


There were a few requests from the homeowners concerning the design of this home. This included providing enough space for both friends and family. The idea was to give privacy to both of their grow sons and their families so they each had a private home to retreat to on the property. The design also needed to feel intimate enough for when the couple was visiting the property by themselves.


What We Love: Where do we start? This Montana retreat is simply stunning, there is so much attention to detail everywhere you look. The beautiful surroundings with natural looking streams and ponds to the rugged mountains in the distance, what a relaxing environment. The exterior facade is breathtaking and although large, it feels more intimate in scale the way the architects broke up the structure into three parts. The great room is exceptional with its soaring ceilings, stone fireplace and well-appointed furnishings. The windows throughout perfectly frames the essence of this home; a place where family and friends come to relax and soak-in nature.

Readers, is there anything you would like to add? We would love to hear your feedback on what you think of the design of this home. What is your most favorite feature?


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Above: The interiors exude a rustic, traditional elegance, with soaring ceilings, wood trusses, stone and hardwood flooring. Elegant light fixtures and fabrics compliments the aesthetic, while a picture window perfectly frames the views.


Above: Hand-forged iron light fixtures gives off an almost medieval aesthetic that is truly stunning. Leather furnishings are offset with plush fabrics that creates a more comfortable atmosphere for relaxation.


Above: A game room features a built-in bar, shuffleboard, foosball table, pool table, darts and a sectional sofa for viewing sports. This could only be described as the perfect man cave, and it comes complete with walls of disappearing glass, inviting nature inside.




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Above: The bunk room was designed and built for the grandkids when they come for family vacations. The homeowners also had a bedroom built nearby for themselves, so that if their parents can’t come, they still can come for a visit on their own!



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Above: The home gym was designed for the wife to enjoy one of her favorite hobbies. With the equipment we are seeing, this is one impressive grandmother! Glass doors fold open to reveal the beauty that surrounds, as well as helping to provide natural ventilation.



Photos: Roger Wade

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8 months ago

Seems terribly dark inside. The furnishings would be at home in the 1930s Austrian mountains.

Don Sr.
3 years ago

This home is perfect in every way Even the beams

John L
4 years ago

Sometimes big ceiling beams detract rather than enhance a room. The eye gets pulled too strongly. Nice house, but imbalanced in some ways.