Architecture, Interior Design, Kitchen Layout, New Home Build

Mountain Modern Design

In this post, you can check out the progress we’ve made on SketchUp. We’ve made some major changes-Designed a Single-Level Floor Plan, Moved the Master Retreat and Added Special Places In Between. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are truly enjoying this process and look forward to working with our future partners-Architect, Interior and Landscape Designers, and Construction Trade Professionals.

View of the fireplace flanked by windows that will have Swan Range views.

Upon entering, the Swan Range views will draw your eye to the large windows flanking our fireplace. We’ve made our focal point this eye-catching fireplace, which will feature the mountain views you see below. We moved the fireplace because we needed space on the TV wall for the TV Cabinet and Floating Desk with Shelves.

Swan Range views from the Fireplace Wall, as well as Living, Dining, Kitchen, Master Bedroom and Covered Porches.

Our current house design should fit our raised site, but we will get a better idea the next time we visit. We’ll accomplish this by staking out our house site, including window and door placements. We’ll also measure the site’s slopes, some of which are gentle and others more dramatic. Although disappointed to postpone our June trip, it didn’t feel right to fly from So Florida to NW Montana while COVID19 cases were increasing, due to folks not wearing their masks. Lets all take a moment to lift up friends, colleagues, and our nation in prayer-Help us love, heal and thrive! Amen!

Current single-level Floorplan with Great Room at center. Master Retreat with Patio on right. Covered Porch, Guest rooms, Guest Bath, Laundry, Mudroom, Utilities and Garage on the left.

We’re starting to chose finishes and finalize budget numbers. A light wood veneer for all the cabinetry will help keep the space bright. We are also chose medium-tone wide-plank engineered hardwood floors. We still have to decide between black, medium-dark grey and/or warm white for hard surfaces-Countertops, Fireplace surround and Floor tiles. Lots of big black windows will frame the views and offer plenty of natural light. You see our Quad-Window Design now, but we’re also considering a Tri-Window.

The large kitchen features a sink with mountain views, lots of storage, island and windows on the South and North side of the space.

We’ve also carefully considered our “Places In Between”-Front Porch, Entry, Window Seat, Covered Back Porch, and Master Patio. In the book Patterns of Home, the authors Jacobson, Silverstein & Winslow talk about creating places we can be apart, yet be close to the room’s activity. Take a minute to view our “Places In Between” in the slide show above. Our front porch provides a spot to watch the sunrise or remove muddy boots. The wood slats at the threshold to the entry/great room allows light into the space and provides privacy. The sunny window seat will be a cozy spot to nap or read a book. Our back porch is located near the kitchen, sheltered on 1 1/2 sides and being placed off to the side, will not block the mountain views from the Great Room.  Finally, we envision a small private patio just off the master bedroom that connects us to the garden.

Our “in-progress” living room design

Our SketchUp living room design is looking pretty good, but we still need to complete or change a few things. We need to lighten-up the TV Cabinets and Wood Trim, as well as tweak the design for the TV Cabinet, Floating Desk and Shelves. If we place our windows correctly, every seat will have a view of the Swan Range. The chairs in front of the fireplace will swivel, so one can enjoy the fire and views, watch a movie or join the conversation. The hallway on the left goes to our Master Retreat. Jim designed the long hallway, which allows more light into the Great Room as well as space for the Master Bath and Closet. 

Our Master Retreat lives up to the name with a large bedroom, closet and luxurious bath. A wooden slat patio offers a private place to be outdoors.

The Master Retreat promises to live-up to its name-Windows on three sides, Large bedroom space and Closet, as well as a luxurious Master bath. Our bath plan includes a free-standing tub and steam shower, double sinks, plenty of storage and clerestory windows that will ensure privacy and flood the space with light. A private wooden-slat covered patio just off the master will offer a spot to watch the stars by a warm fire.

I will be sharing our plans for the garden in future posts, as well as interior design tips, so be sure to subscribe below to never miss a post.

Mountain Meadow Flowers
Swan Range views from our property. After completing our house and the adjacent garden and path area, we’ll work on designing the trail that will encircle on our 12.44 acres.

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