Rustic mountain cabin boasts idyllic indoor-outdoor lifestyle in Montana


Architecture studio Cushing Terrell has designed the outside-inside house, a rustic mountain cabin located in Deer Lodge, a city in Powell County, Montana. The property boasts beautiful views of Rock Creek yet is positioned at a narrow point between the creek and a public access road. This pushed the design toward a linear floor plan, perched on top of a ridge.

Redefining the rustic mountain cabin is a challenge of integrating vernacular, regionalism, and a touch of modernism. “Early in discussions with the client, we identified a driving force for the project: interaction of the house with the site, and creation of space that felt part of the surrounding forest, blurring the line between the outside and inside spaces of the house,” states the architect.


What We Love: This rustic mountain cabin in Montana features expansive glazing throughout to create a seamless indoor-outdoor connection. Not only do the large windows help to flood the interiors with natural light, but they also frame captivating views of the breathtaking surroundings of this idyllic mountain setting. 

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Note: Take a look at a couple of other inspiring home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this home, Cushing Terrell: Wyoming farmhouse offers an exquisite mix of antiques and vintage pieces and Dream house retreat boasts unforgettable views of the Teton Range.


Interior spaces are open to allow light and air to move through them. The home fosters a close relationship with the landscape and the site, and scenic views were heavily prioritized. Visibility of the creek became the central node around which the rest of the spaces are organized.


To maximize the views and connection to the exterior, the study is cantilevered eight feet over the edge of the topography, creating a glass viewing box with views up and down the bend of Rock Creek. The main living space is the culmination of the house.


The living room and kitchen open to a screened, open-air, outdoor living space via large, operable glazing doors. When both are open, the house is truly one with the site, as it fills with cool breezes and the sounds of moving water.


The main facade facing the road provides visual protection; solid walls with small punched openings and a solid interior wall conceal the glass hall to the master bedroom.


The facade is mostly opaque, except for the entry, allowing a sneak preview of the creek through a glass breezeway.


The back of the house facing Rock Creek is completely transparent and visually connects to the landscape. When inside, the house disappears to create a feeling that you are living amongst the trees.




Photos: Heidi Long

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3 years ago

the indoor folding glass wall partitions look kind of dumb to me. what purpose do they serve in rooms that appear to be open anyway?

3 years ago
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well in Minnesota you’d have the separation because of weather and temperature. We have a kitchen and dinning space that opens to the outdoor space with these doors and it makes the indoor space feel not only larger but also safe from the elements in the summer if its raining or too hot to be outside. and then you feel connected to the inside to make a cocktail or something.