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Custom Home Project “Majestic View on Middle Foys Lake”

THIS KALISPELL BUILDERS custom home project involved a full home redesign with the client wanting “a rustic-elegant feel” – nothing too formal but nothing too ultra-casual, either. The back windows were enlarged which offer views of a lake and Glacier National Park. Textured wooden beams were added to vaulted ceilings and swapped out a too-small fireplace for a bigger one made of stone. Columns were replaced with massive stone pillars that better suit the 5,200-square-foot home’s large scale.

Originally, the living room had two doorways on either side of the fireplace, which looked awkward and chopped up the room. That made way for a wall of bookcases that once belonged to the owner’s great grandfather, which fit the space so perfectly they look built-in. In the kitchen,  a pantry was created, knotty alder cabinets were intalled and a new island countertop that has a timed heater that warms it up before breakfast on winter mornings.

The master suite’s entrance was one of the awkward doors off the living room, so the entrance was moved to another wall. A cozy sitting area off the bedroom has a gas fireplace, and in the master bath, the new custom-made shower’s three glass walls let in light and a spectacular view.

The client’s mostly monitored the 10-month renovation from Houston with the Kalispell based-builder posting updates on a secure website nearly every day, with photos and a report on the home’s progress. Throughout, the home’s furniture and décor area mix of pieces from Texas and Montana. The heavy wooden dining table was custom made by a local woodworker in Kalispell, but the alligator-textured dining chairs are from San Antonio. The bathrooms are all filled with hardware and decorative items made by artisans in Montana, but the massive antler chandelier in the entryway was delivered by truck from Houston.

Each of the guest bedrooms has a theme that celebrates one of Montana’s outdoor pleasures: fishing, canoeing, skiing and ice skating. But “everyone wants to sleep in the bunk room,” the client says — a room that sleeps seven, with five custom-made single bunks and one king-size bed.

Excerpts from:
Montana’s Finest Homes Magazine, Vol. III, No. 1
Houston Chronicle Escapes, Vol. 114, No. 328