Rugged timber and stone ski retreat nestled in Montana’s “Big Sky Country”


This rugged timber and stone modern ski retreat is located in Big Sky, Montana, designed by Montana-based JLF Architects in collaboration with New York City-based interiors studio Haynes-Roberts. Created for a family with young children, the intention was to have plenty of the warmth and beauty of a Western house but infuse it with a hip, up-to-date sensibility. The structure was created to be authentic to the region, but it was pared down to communicate a 21st-century lifestyle.

Typically ski retreats are adorned with bear skin rugs and antler chandeliers, but the homeowners vision was instead to create a mountain home with sophistication and contemporary style. The design of this 6,000 square foot ski retreat was inspired by weather-withstanding barns that are typical to the local environment. Above: The fireplace stone (full dry stack) is Montana Field Stone Moss Rock, installed by Sandoval Masonry. The wood on the ceiling is corral board from Corral Boards.

Project Team: Architect: JLF Architects / Builder: On Site Management / Interior Designer: Timothy Haynes & Kevin Roberts


The architects designed the framing elements from large weathered barn timbers and clad ceilings and floors with reclaimed wood planks and built fireplace surrounds from locally sourced quarried stone. The prominent staircase was designed with steel and glass elements to add clean lines into a historic shell. Rich textures and warm gray tones in the building materials helped to serve as both complement and counterpoint to the furnishings. Above:  The area rug is a custom piece made by Beauvais Carpets.


The designer’s wished to add hip 1960’s overlay to this wood and stone ski retreat. Vintage pieces were added to evoke a bit of the James Bond era to the home. The furnishings are comprised of clean minimal lines, tactile fabric in a “dark neutral” palette blend with the surrounding walls and seems to recede into the landscape. The design was meant to feel exciting and sophisticated, and while it does not fit with the typical image of a rustic Western residence, it has a sense of timelessness tailored to its mountain environment.

Above: The kitchen countertops are polished concrete. The flooring product is called Thresher, it is old reclaimed loft barn wood. The product needs to be hand sanded, and is relatively soft in nature. The finish consists of 3 Coats of Bona Natural Finish over Watco Medium Walnut Danish Oil.


What We Love: The design of this beautiful ski retreat stays true to the region, not competing with the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. The contrast of the clean lines with the rusticity of the wood and stone is simply exquisite. Every detail in this home has been done to perfection, from the gorgeous barn wood flooring to the exposed beams on the ceiling and the inviting furnishings and textural area rugs. Stunning! …If this was your home, is there any details you change or do you think it is move-in ready? Tell us in the Comments!!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other popular home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of JLF Architects: Farmhouse-inspired residence with a fabulous greenhouse in Pennsylvania and Modern-rustic homestead showcases views over the Teton Range.


Above: The family dining table was custom designed for the space, consisting of a smooth oak wood.


Above: The floor is covered with a custom designed silk rug. The stone around the fireplace is Montana Field Stone Moss Rock, installed by Sandoval Masonry.


Above: The stone veneer feature wall behind the bathtub is a full thickness stone which requires a structural ledge. This material can be sourced through Quarry Works in Gallatin Gateway, Montana. the manufacturer of the bathtub is Boffi and the model is #QAGISR01 White-Gobi. The flooring is called Thresher, an old reclaimed loft barn wood. A water borne glitza was used to protect the wood floor.



Above: This staircase was built with reclaimed wood treads bolted to a steel stringer.


Above: The stone on the exterior facade is called Montana Moss Rock, harvested from Central Montana.


Photos: Audrey Hall

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