This Mon­tana Log Homes re­treat is the per­fect for­ever home for a pair of for­mer no­mads.

Log Home Living - - BONUS SECTION - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Heidi Long

Af­ter mov­ing from one city to an­other ev­ery few years, Tom and Judy Mur­phy were more than ready to put down some roots. Though their ca­reers had taken them to ur­ban ar­eas from the Eastern Se­aboard to the Hawai­ian Is­lands, when it came time to find a per­ma­nent place to call home, the cou­ple found them­selves drawn to the rugged wilder­ness of Mon­tana.

The in­her­ent warmth and rus­tic ap­peal of a wood struc­ture en­ticed the Mur­phys, but logs also were ap­peal­ing for their en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. The ther­mal mass of large-di­am­e­ter logs makes them nat­u­ral in­su­la­tors against cold weather, an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion in the harsh Mon­tana cli­mate.

Af­ter pur­chas­ing a pris­tine lot with breath­tak­ing lake and moun­tain views, the cou­ple pored over log home mag­a­zines to gather ideas and to re­search log home com­pa­nies. It didn’t take long for them to dis­cover a gem right down the road - Mon­tana Log Homes in Kal­ispell.

“As soon as we spoke with the folks at Mon­tana Log Homes, we knew we’d found true crafts­men we could trust,” Re­calls Tom.

Known for build­ing cus­tom log homes tai­lored to each client, the team at Mon­tana Log Homes helped the cou­ple fine-tune their de­sign ideas. The 5,200-square-foot lay­out, which Tom fi­nal­ized with de­signer Eric Ba­chofner of Mon­tana Log Homes, fea­tures a three­cham­ber log struc­ture with a cen­tral core of com­mon space flanked by ex- pan­sive wings on each side. A loft and walk­out base­ment pro­vide ad­di­tional liv­ing space.

The build­ing process went so smoothly that Tom ac­tu­ally felt a lit­tle sad when it was over. “The project was so much fun that I was sorry to see it end. It truly was a la­bor of love,” says Tom. “We feel so blessed that we were able to cre­ate a re­treat for our friends and fam­ily. When peo­ple come over, they feel in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able here, and they al­ways want to come back.”

Look­ing at the beauty of the log struc­ture, framed by the ma­jes­tic moun­tains in the dis­tance and the seren­ity of Flat­head Lake be­low, it’s easy to see why guests are so en­am­ored - and why the Mur­phy’s know they have fi­nally moved into a place they can call home for­ever.

This 5,200-square-foot beauty is set on four pris­tine acres over­look­ing Flat­head Lake, Mon­tana. see this floor plan fea­tured on page DREAM Home 21.

LEFT: Beau­ti­ful Mon­tana moss rock graces the great room’s ma­jes­tic fire­place, crafted by Her­itage Hearths Ma­sonry in Kal­ispell.

ABOVE: This de­tailed view of the stair­case re­veals the artistry of the home’s hand­scribed lodge­pole pine. The wrought iron spin­dles lighten the feel of the logs.

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