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Montana ranch house embraces its striking river valley location

This spectacular ranch house was designed as a family retreat by , located in Sheridan, Montana. A couple based in Seattle commissioned the architects to create this vacation home for them and their extended family. They wished to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of this property, which features an agricultural river valley defined by three mountain ranges.

“Its a relatively remote location—with access to fishing, hiking, and hunting—includes the sentinel presence of the mountains, a perfect environment to experience a sense of connection to the natural landscape,” states the architects. “The river valley, with a history of mining and agriculture, in recent years has also become a destination for outdoor recreation. The river runs through this property and is used today for both agricultural irrigation and fly-fishing.”

Likewise, the design of the house and its site embodies the current duality of the valley’s culture: Sited adjacent to the river on a flat field once used for raising cattle and harvesting alfalfa, the house abstractly references the simplicity and scale of the region’s agricultural buildings. Its long roof responds to the scale of the vast landscape.

The ranch house property also includes two man-made ponds stocked with trout for daybreak fishing right off the deck. Man-made berms accentuate the edges of those ponds to obscure neighboring buildings and create a foreground for views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The effect enhances the sense of a spatial sanctuary.

The house accommodates a master suite, a guest suite, an art studio, an exercise room, a game room, an entertainment bar, and extended outdoor living spaces. Wood, chosen as the primary material for its connection to the surrounding landscape, is complemented by Montana stone veneer, concrete landscape walls, smooth wall plaster, and blackened steel metalwork. The interior design of this retreat was commissioned by Seattle-based designer . He designed interiors that reflects an understated modernism.

What We Love: This stunning ranch house showcases a mix of wood, stone and steel to create warm and rustic interiors. Expansive windows perfectly frames both the river and rugged mountain views, making this a peaceful and relaxing retreat. We also love the extended deck that overlooks the river, another wonderful spot to enjoy some fresh mountain air.

Readers, what are your thoughts on this ranch house? Any details in the design that you would have liked to have seen done differently? Please share with us in the comments below!

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Photos: Aaron Leitz

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