The chance to build a new house in this historic neighborhood in Bozeman, Montana, is so rare that a house had to collapse for these homeowners to have the chance. The area is sought after for its beauty, small-town feel and university, and has a similar feel to the homeowners’ former neighborhood in Seattle. “My clients were very respectful of the neighborhood’s mix of older styles and wanted their house to fit in,” says architect Greg Dennee of Locati Architects.
While the couple was ready to get into their new space in a new place, they brought favorite furniture, books and beloved objects and design elements from their old home. They liked bungalow style, but they also wanted more contemporary elements, like an open floor plan as well as some distinctly Montana touches. Lovers of cooking together, gardening and making wine, they also wanted a place to stomp their grapes, Lucy and Ethel style. Dennee describes his clients as fun, welcoming and wonderful; it’s no surprise their home is, too.
Houzz at a Glance
Location: Bozeman, Montana
Builder: Archer Construction
Size: 2,600 square feet plus an 800-square-foot basement; 3 bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms
Construction by Archer Construction
Photography by Karl Neumann Photography
I should clear up that no one was injured in the aforementioned house collapse; a long-neglected property finally just fell to pieces and left a vacant lot behind. The neighborhood is about 100 years old and contains a mix of styles from the era.
In keeping with the neighborhood’s style, Dennee limited the facade to a simple vocabulary of just a few elements, then made the most of them. Details on the facade create contrast; note the different colors and materials used on the siding and shingles and the white trim. The fieldstone details on the chimneys and the front porch add touches of rugged Montana style; Dennee designed the stacked stones with exposed mortar to recall the old-world way it would have been built in Montana a hundred years ago.
More modern touches were carefully balanced on the facade. While the high-performance aluminum-clad windows are a modern element, the dark coloring gives them a more historic look. The large gable is not typical of Craftsman style, but the shingles, siding and rafter tails tie it into the overall historic look.
All exterior paint by Benjamin Moore: Dragon’s Breath (shingles on bay); Cloud Cover (trim); Gargoyle (siding)