395 Holt Drive, Bigfork, Montana



1,760 sf home + 576 sf garage



This contemporary lake house was the 1st LEED Platinum house in the state of Montana. The design was heavily based on site conditions that would allow the house to take in the generous views of the elevated site to the lake. The clients were very persistent in obtaining the highest LEED value and wanted to use the house as a pilot for local contractors and subs to show what could be done with different price points of materials and details.


From a design standpoint, the site was the ideal site for an architect. The site faced due south and looked over Flathead Lake. This wasn’t to say the site did not have its challenges. Within the design guidelines, the building had to have limited impact on the ponderosa grove present on the site, plus there were multiple boulder structures which limited the shape in which the building could be laid out. The design is based on an axial grid which uses a number of concrete blade walls in which are both architectural features but also thermal walls. The design is an open floor plan with the public areas at one end of the house and with private (bedrooms) on the opposing end. The clients like the idea of having a constant connection with the lake and the site natural elements. Windows were located in order to take full advantage of these natural features.

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