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'Mountain Modern'
Posted on April 21, 2022 @ 3:02AM

'Mountain Modern' has become the most asked for design character in Big Sky and Bozeman.   This 'style' is favored by designers and homeowners that want clean shapes with natural elements.  Open floor plans, use of local materials, exposed craftsmanship, pleasing color palettes and low maintenance landscaping are all timeless features that make for easy living in the mountains.  Here are my top 5 components of a Mountain Modern Home.

  1. Simple but unique shape of the structure.  These homes tend to be boxy with low pitched roofs and have large windows with natural light.

  2. Local, utilitarian materials - exposed timbers, reclaimed beams, local stone, exposed steel hardware, and concrete floors and walls.

  3. Oversized windows and slab wood doors, void of panels that would clutter the clean lines of the modern feel and date the structure. Aluminum framed multi window garage doors add to the modern flair and give the home a fun element.

  4. Natural Color Choices compliment this style.   Using reclaimed wood, stone material and steel accents.these elements work best with neutral color palettes of white, grays and blues rather than bolder reds, yellow and greens.

  5. Simple landscaping - natural grass, native boulders, and flagstone patios seem to work well.  They will blur the lines between natural and man made.  Bring it back to natural.

Author: Noelle Child

Native to Montana, Noelle has always loved art and design. At a young age, she was consumed with creating something from nothing. She attended Montana State University and The Art Institute of Seattle - and traveled abroad to Indonesia, China, and South Africa to study design. In her studies, she gained a great appreciation for the beauty and history of many cultures, which has further inspired her work. With over two decades of experience in residential and commercial design she is currently based out of our Bozeman studio. Noelle’s skills include managing all facets of residential projects from conception to installation. She has experience with high design, custom furniture, lighting, art, rugs and more. Noelle is passionate about building relationships with clients and helping them express their characters.