Peter Lee, who designs distinctive homes, is accustomed to discerning tastes. So when he was faced with building a home that took advantage of a view of Wilson Peak, he knew he was going to need to think outside of the box.
“This home was completely set up based on view,” says Lee, president of Teton Heritage Builders in Bozeman, Montana. “I had been working in the Spanish Peaks area for about four years when a friend pointed out the property as a cool spot. It has a dynamic view and I knew I could make it work. It is the best of all possible worlds for anyone interested in skiing and golf.”
Located in the Elkridge neighborhood of Spanish Peaks, the home sits on one acre among 3,500, is situated on the 14th fairway of the Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, and includes ski access. “We really got a little bit of everything in this home,” Lee says.
Prior to construction, the site was only accessible by old logging roads, yet Lee maintained his vision. Fortunately, he picked the site knowing that the view from the proposed 5,300-square foot home would be his to enjoy personally. “I was building this home for myself, so I wasn’t constrained by another person’s ideas and guidelines,” he says. Thus, he was able to tinker around and include some unique architectural details.
Although the home is primarily log, the home also includes timber frame attributes displayed in a full arched barrel truss system. “This home is a hybrid of logs and timbers, as timbers are used only in the trusses,” Lee says. “Timbers are easier to use than logs for this particular design element. This feature could be done with logs, but it requires a lot more time and money. We didn’t need a king post in this design because the full arched barrel truss is doing all the work. Eliminating the king post allowed for an unobstructed view from the upstairs bridge to Wilson Peak.”
“The Spanish Peaks community guidelines have a very particular, very rustic architectural style,” says project architect Eliot Goss, of Jackson, Wyoming. “We wanted to stay within those guidelines, which had a significant effect on the feel and appearance of the exterior of the home.”
“The joinery and the log work is where we spent time to get the details right,” Lee says.
With the exterior of the home developed within the guidelines of the community, the interior was a blank slate for Lee to revel in possible design ideas. Yet, he had ideas on how he wanted the home to flow, including keeping the floorplan open while keeping rooms adjacent to one another. “I wanted to build and design the home the way we live—all together,” he says.
“This home doesn’t overwhelm with its mass. It sits comfortably on the site more than any other home we have done before,” says Eliot. “The heart of the home is right in the center and it becomes more human in size as you branch out to the outer layers.”
To create such a comfortable feel, Lee looked for inspiration to the Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. He wanted to evoke a classic, Rocky Mountain lodge style, which led him to designer friend and business associate Erica Jennings and ultimately to Carole Sisson of Carole Sisson Designs in Bozeman, Montana.
More about this home was printed in the Winter 2008 issue of Custom Wood Homes magazine.