HIGH ALTITUDE HYBRID LOG HOME
This Montana Log Homes retreat is the perfect forever home for a pair of former nomads.
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.