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This sensational modern cottage in Montana has dramatic lakeside views

cottage modern lake house exterior

This modern lakeside cottage was designed by Pearson Design Group, nestled along the rocky shores of Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana. The property was on a steep incline and had several water issues which made it a challenge to construct this home. After a site visit, the architects conceptualized a five-level vertical camp that begins at the top of the hillside and meanders its way down — via stairs and bridges — to the lakefront cabin.

The first issue to address was how to connect the dwelling with the lake when there is a 60-foot vertical drop. PImmensely vital, the pre-construction planning phase played a pivotal role. Nearly a year’s worth of effort was invested in establishing the fundamental infrastructure, which encompassed intricate water management due to the presence of numerous springs on the property, as well as the meticulous construction of foundations and retaining walls.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTURE Pearson Design Group INTERIOR DESIGN PDG Interiors BUILDER Denman Construction ARTISAN Sandmeyer Design

cottage modern lake house exterior

Beginning at the top of the hillside is the main house that encompasses just over 3,000 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The lakefront cabin offers 1,000 square feet and features a bedroom, a sleeping porch, one-and-a-half bathrooms, a rooftop deck, a kitchenette, and an outdoor kitchen — perfect for entertaining during the summer months. For these lucky homeowners, it’s like having two different houses on the same property, one for the summer to reside by the lake and one at the top for the cold winter months.

cottage modern lake house exterior

Created using the shou sugi ban technique, charred wood timbers form an artistic privacy screen at the home’s entrance level, resembling a striking piece of artwork.

cottage modern lake house entry

What We Love: This modern lakeside cottage steps down its steeply sloping site to maximize views of the lake from every room in the home. We love the rustic modern details on the interior that offer a laid-back vibe, making you feel like you’re always on vacation. Interior selections add to the comfortable and warm feeling this home offers, with a mix of modern and vintage pieces and hues inspired by the beautiful lake.

Tell Us: What elements in the design of this dwelling do you find most appealing? Let us know in the Comments below, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Montana: Absolutely stunning mountain house with luxe details in Big Sky and Step inside this inviting ranch house with cozy interiors in Montana.

cottage modern hallway looking into the living room

cottage modern living room with a window seat

cottage modern living room with a window seat

cottage modern living room

Above: Offering panoramic views of the lake, a deep window seat (accented by vintage sconces above) commands attention. The sofa and chair were sourced from Norell Furniture, a company based in Aneby, Sweden. Emitting both warmth and a distinct Scandinavian vibe, the fireplace stands as a functional and aesthetic focal point. Additionally, a piece of natural driftwood sourced from the lake gracefully adorns the area above the door.

cottage modern kitchen

Above: The kitchen features clean lines and plenty of storage to keep the clutter at bay. A white quartz countertop graces the island. The swivel counter stools were sourced from McGuire Furniture.

cottage modern dining room

cottage modern dining room

Above: Placed atop a transparent plexiglass pedestal, a piece of artwork commands attention as a focal point, all the while ensuring unobstructed views of the lake from the dining room.

cottage modern powder room

cottage modern hallway

cottage modern bedroom with large windows

cottage modern bathroom

cottage modern bedroom

cottage modern bathroom

cottage modern powder room

cottage modern living room

cottage modern lake house deck with outdoor furniture

cottage modern lake house deck overlooking the water

Above: Distinguished in their individuality, every outdoor living area has its unique character. The rooftop deck (positioned atop the lakeside cabin) offers the perfect summer gathering spot. Its adorned with a sofa and chairs sourced from Restoration Hardware.

cottage modern lake house exterior

cottage modern lake house exterior

cottage modern lake house patio with a fire pit

cottage modern lake house exterior

Above: Dramatic landscaping is achieved through the presence of large boulders, fulfilling both an aesthetic role and functioning as a means of erosion control. The prevailing weather patterns originate from the west, while the eastern shore of the lake is occasionally subjected to aggressive wave activity.

PHOTOGRAPHER Gibeon Photography

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