Open House

De­signed with ca­sual liv­ing in mind, one Mon­tana tim­ber home serves as the per­fect gather­ing spot for friends and fam­ily.

Timber Home Living - - Contents - PHO­TOS BY ROGER WADE | STYLING BY DEBRA GRAHL

De­signed with ca­sual liv­ing in mind, one Mon­tana tim­ber home serves as the per­fect gather­ing spot for friends and fam­ily.

Ask any va­ca­tion home owner what drew them to their dream des­ti­na­tion and you’ll get a dif­fer­ent an­swer each and ev­ery time. For some, it’s the warm sand and peace­ful sounds of the ocean. For oth­ers, it may be the seren­ity of the for­est or a jaw-drop­ping moun­tain view. For most, it has some­thing to do with the call of the great out­doors. And that in­cludes Bill and Beth Mor­ri­son.

“We chose West Yel­low­stone be­cause it’s a bit of a smaller town and so we could just go up there and en­joy Yel­low­stone Park,” says Bill. “Plus, it’s ba­si­cally a fly fish­ing mecca. That’s what re­ally sealed the deal for me.”

Res­i­dents of Fort Collins, Colorado, the Mor­risons were also drawn to West Yel­low­stone’s close prox­im­ity to their pri­mary home and liked that, by build-

ing rel­a­tively close, they’d get to be a ma­jor part of their cus­tom-home jour­ney. The lo­ca­tion, it turns out, also led them to their ar­chi­tect, Judd Dickey of Moun­tain Tim­ber De­sign in nearby Golden, Colorado. “Af­ter find­ing my web­site on­line, Bill called me up and we talked about his ideas for the house and we talked a lot about fly fish­ing,” says Dickey.

Bill was in­stantly im­pressed with Dickey’s knowl­edge and port­fo­lio of de­signs, and he knew he wanted to build a tim­ber frame, so the two got to work quickly de­sign­ing the house. The fin­ished re­sult: A two-level, 2,660-square­foot re­treat, tucked into the tall pines that grow dense on the prop­erty — a fact that made sit­ing the home a bit of a chal­lenge. “Un­like many of my projects, this house did not sit up high with a sprawl­ing view, mak­ing it nec­es­sary to di­rect the view some­what in­ward in­stead of out­ward,” ex­plains Dickey. “This led to a more in­ti­mate liv­ing room, but a soar­ing roof to the loft, cre­at­ing a cen­ter of the house that is spa­cious and lodge-like.”

That open, ca­sual lay­out cre­ated ex­actly the feel the Mor­risons were hop­ing for, with el­bow room to com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date fam­ily, friends and vis­it­ing fly-fish­ing en­thu­si­asts. “It’s a va­ca­tion home,” says Bill, “and we have lots of sib­lings, so we wanted an open con­cept where peo­ple could

re­ally come and gather. The main liv­ing space has no TV, but it does have a com­fort­able feel and an amaz­ing view thanks to the per­fectly-placed win­dows. Even though we’re in the town of West Yel­low­stone, you re­ally get the feel of be­ing more out in the wilder­ness.”

An­other stand-out el­e­ment of the Mor­risons’ wide-open liv­ing space is the full, oak tim­ber frame, cre­ated by hand by Alan Bern­holtz and his team at Wind River Tim­ber­frames in Man­cos, Colorado. “Tim­ber frames re­ally lend them­selves to the kind of open lay­out Bill and Beth wanted and, due to the heavy snow loads and wide spans of space in this house, we got to use some re­ally big, im­pres­sive tim­bers,” ex­plains Bern­holtz.

To­gether, the Mor­risons and their de­sign and build team cre­ated a home that they’re all re­ally proud of — and had a great time cre­at­ing to­gether. “It was great to work with a home­owner

who re­fer­ring­came was up to so and the in­volved,“camped­frame raisin­gat says the Bern­holtz,where­site with Bill him time,” and Bill his adds, crew. “and“I even stayed helpedthe whole­with a few things. It was a re­ally nice ex­pe­ri­ence.”

And that nice ex­pe­ri­ence led to their dream home where Bill and Beth cur­rently spend their sum­mers and will even­tu­ally live year-round. "We're im­mensely sat­is­fied with the fi­nal prod­uct," says Bill. "I think I speak for both of us when I say that we're both in­stantly struck by the unique de­sign and tim­ber-frame we walk through the door. Our fam­ily loves it, too, and hope­fully we've cre­ated a wel­com­ing place where they'll all gather to en­joy this area of the coun­try that we've grown to love."

FAR LEFT: “We picked ev­ery­thing in the home our­selves,” ex­plains Bill, “in­clud­ing the wood floors, gran­ite coun­ter­tops and hick­ory cab­i­nets in the kitchen.

ABOVE: The home is con­structed from a full oak tim­ber frame, which means frame el­e­ments are fea­tured in many spa­ces through­out the house, in­clud­ing this cozy read­ing spot.

The loft space is the per­fect spot to ad­mire the home’s over­head wood­work, in­clud­ing the oak frame and aspen tongue-and-groove ceil­ing.

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