Rustic farmhouse with views over Yellowstone River: Lazy Heart Ranch

Brechbuhler Architects have designed the Lazy Heart Ranch which is nestled gently into its beautiful landscape of Bozeman, Montana. The inviting residence features custom entryway with a frontier flagstone walkway, reclaimed timber, and an outdoor grill. Beyond the house is a spacious shop. There is also a seasonal creek, which is crossed with a 14′ long stone slab to access the hot tub and paths to the outbuildings.

What We Love: Lazy Heart Ranch offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere to enjoy year round. It provides the homeowner with additional structures to entertain and enjoy hobbies. The surrounding property is completely breathtaking, with rugged mountains, a meandering stream and tall trees… Readers, what do you think of this home, could you picture yourself living here? Why or why not, please let us know in the comments below!

Above: The flagstone path transitions into the covered entryway, with reclaimed siding and local plant species. A stepped entry roof showcases the natural wood hues, helping to blend the home into the landscape.

Above: The original log structure at right has been repurposed into the ultimate indoor entertainment space, with the new garage/shop opposite.

Above: View to the barbecue area is adjacent to the main entry, with a small flagstone patio and stone slab steps. This outdoor space introduces the informal lifestyle that is enjoyed inside the home. Steps lead down to a boulder slab bridge and the guest bedrooms.

Above: A stone slab crosses the seasonal creek. Most of the trees on the site have been carefully preserved.

Above: Understated doubletrack driveway leads to the beautiful homesite.

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Above: West facing windows view the Yellowstone River and the frequent sighting of bald eagles. Majestic mountains surround the home.

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Above: The walk-out lower level engages the landscape. The elevated deck allows for bear viewing from a safe spot. The large cottonwood trees provide natural shade from the sun and allow this home to remain cool in the hottest summer temperatures.

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Above: A main level mud room serves the purpose of dog food storage and dog dish location. These custom cabinets provide plenty of storage for daily use coats and are just a step away from the outside.

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Above: An aged Fir beam with a waned edge serves as the bar top. The reclaimed barnwood extends across the banquet and bar and is highlighted on the custom cabinets in the kitchen. Behind the reclaimed barn wood is a pantry cabinet and the Thermador refrigerator and freezer.

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Above: The custom banquette features reclaimed corral boards. It provides a quiet spot to read in the morning light and enjoy breakfast. The owners use the comfortable space for card games and fly tying. The steel base mimics the design of the steel handrails.

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Above: The kitchen features natural soapstone countertops, reclaimed timber framing and an apron-style farmhouse sink. A large bi-fold wall in the great room blurs the lines between indoors and out.

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Above: The light-filled stairwell leads to the lower level, with reclaimed timbers and custom-fabricated steel railings. Ample windows allows for extended views out of the home and into the screened porch.

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Above: The screened porch is must where the weather remains pleasant deep into the seasons. The freestanding wood stove allows for additional heat when the night chill rolls in. This stove pivots 270 degrees to direct the heat to the respective sitting area.

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Above: The rustic fir built-in bunks are a welcoming spot to recharge. Small nooks built into the bunk provides a reading lamp and a space for your travel journal.

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Above: This rustic bathroom welcomes the guests to the wild west. Polished concrete floors provide a durable and attractive backdrop, while radiant in-floor heat offers additional comfort.

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Above: This spa bath, en-suite to a guest bedroom, provides a large soaking tub for relaxation. The cabinet has a custom copper countertop and along with a custom steel framed mirror above.

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Above: Material reclaimed from the property was used on the master bedroom wall. The antique wood has a timeless patina.

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Above: The master bathroom was designed for privacy, but also with a strong connection to the site.

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Above: The great room opens up to semi-formal dining room and the screened porch beyond.

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Above: The RAIS fireplace brings additional warmth into the home with high efficiency. The plaster fireplace provides a spot for sitting along with an area for wood storage. The ceiling features reclaimed timber trusses.

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Above: The expansive bi-fold door in the great room helps to blur the indoor-outdoor boundaries.

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Above: The elevated screened porch has a steel and wood staircase that leads down to the slab steps.

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Above: The architects designed a new Garage/Shop for the property. Used for storing the items enjoyed while exploring the great state of Montana. A steel awning is offset by the grey siding. An expansive window allows plenty of natural light to filter into the space. Highlights includes: glass garage doors, gooseneck lights, metal roof, and a custom-built carriage door.

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Photos: Courtesy of Brechbuhler Architects

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