A cozy home designed for an empty nester in the Gallatin Valley of Montana


45 Architecture has designed this luminous and cozy home for an empty nester, located in Bozeman, a city and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana. After living in a sprawling farmhouse with an equally sizable property, the homeowner realized it was time for a new lifestyle experience, as that of an empty nester.

Her younger son had left the nest and she felt isolated. She opted to move into downtown Bozeman and downsize her living. Her forever home was created to be bright and airy, low-maintenance, and slightly unconventional. Encompassing 2,623 square feet of living space, this dwelling has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms

Above: The exterior facade of this home is beautiful, from the architecture to the porch swing and the macrame owl that can be seen through the large picture window.



Above: The entry into this home is warm and inviting thanks to corral-board walls, a lower ceiling height, a built-in bench, and a large picture window bringing in light and views.


Above: The kitchen features an open layout kitchen with plenty of space for cooking and entertaining, while the custom oak cabinets and leathered granite countertops add a classic, sophisticated touch. Open shelving gives the space a light, airy feel and provides plenty of storage for cookware and serverware. With its stunning features and inviting atmosphere, this kitchen will be the perfect spot for creating unforgettable meals.


Above: In the dining room is a wonderful place to gather for meals with family and friends, featuring a large cherry table and dining chairs.

What We Love: From the welcoming exterior facade to the open and airy living spaces, every detail in this home is fabulous. The floor plan is the perfect size for comfortable living while being able to accommodate guests. For this empty nester, finding the right location and taking the time to select the perfect design elements, she was able to create a luxurious and comfortable environment that will be her sanctuary for years to come.

Tell Us: What details do you find most inspiring in the design of this empty nester home in Montana? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Montana: Rustic guest cabin surrounded by the breathtaking Bridger Mountains and Montana home with minimalist design highlights surrounding landscape.


Above: The living room is an inviting oasis of relaxation and comfort. An eye-catching soaring ceiling with exposed beams gives the room a grandiose feeling, while the Flatwillow moss rock-clad fireplace adds an air of rustic charm. The perfect place to cozy up with a book, or just enjoy the warmth of the fire, a built-in bench, and comfortable sofa provides ample seating to accommodate friends and family. An antique Stickley rocking chair adds a classic touch to the space.


Above: The thoughtfully crafted stairwell is visually striking, where wide-plank hickory floors provide a beautiful contrast to the custom-fabricated stair railing and blackened steel risers.


Above: The soothing walls of the bedroom, awash in painted poplar, provide a tranquil atmosphere ideal for winding down after a long day. An elegant iron bed frame is the centerpiece of the room, allowing for a peaceful night’s sleep. To complete the ambiance, a carefully curated assortment of artwork creates a sense of comfort and belonging.


Above: Fir boards hung in a horizontal pattern brings inviting warmth into this half bathroom. The mirror on the wall was sourced from West Elm.


Above: The backyard is an outdoor oasis with a fire pit for gathering with friends and family. Additional highlights include a gardening box and a garage/office space for extra functionality. The exterior facade features Flatwillow moss rock for a beautiful, rustic aesthetic.


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Toni Ueland
1 year ago

The beamed ceilings need insulation. Are the walls insulated? The winters in Montana get really cold!! I am a local Montanan. This house doesn’t look practical.