Big Sky Beauty

A ranch-style home brings a touch of au­then­tic charm to cen­tral Mon­tana.

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A ranch-style home brings a touch of au­then­tic charm to cen­tral Mon­tana.

Tucked into the lush val­leys and Rocky Moun­tain range of cen­tral Mon­tana, you’ll find this sprawl­ing, ranch-style abode. Or then again, maybe you won’t.

In­ten­tion­ally de­signed to blend seam­lessly with its nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, the home that was de­signed by Nat­u­ral El­e­ment Homes of Sweet­wa­ter, Ten­nessee, is a nod to the old houses that once graced the prairies of the West. “The home­own­ers wanted to cre­ate a home that would fit nicely with the Mon­tana ranch life­style,” says Robert Lam­bert, owner of Nat­u­ral El­e­ment Homes. “They wanted it to feel like an au­then­tic old house, yet pos­sess mod­ern con­ve­niences and com­fort.”

To achieve that lived-in feel, the home­own­ers and their de­sign team opted for hy­brid con­struc­tion, com­plete with an­tique log faces and dove­tail corners with chink­ing; re­claimed barn wood; rusty cor­ru­gated metal; and lots of lo­cal stone. Re­claimed ma­te­ri­als also were used in­side for the ceil­ings and ceil­ing beams, floor­ing, in­te­rior doors, in­te­rior trim, shelv­ing and many of the fur­nish­ings. “Most ev­ery­thing on the ex­te­rior is re­claimed,” says Lam­bert. “Only the win­dows, roof and stone are new.”

The fin­ished house fea­tures nearly 7,000 square feet of liv­ing space (in­clud­ing out­door ar­eas), five bed­rooms and can com­fort­ably sleep eigh­teen peo­ple. It also in­cludes a home the­ater, gym and poker room. Dubbed the Lucky Man Ranch, it’s meant to in­spire all who visit so that they leave re­freshed, re­laxed and, says Lam­bert, “in a much bet­ter state of mind than when they ar­rived.”

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