Project Name: Briar St Residence
Location: Missoula, MT
Sq. Ft.: 2,750
Year Designed: 2013

Site: This 1940’s era house is nestled at the base of Mt Jumbo in the Lower Rattlesnake Valley. The structure was almost entirely deconstruction due to the somewhat awkward second storey and various structural problems; salvaged materials were used throughout the new reconstruction and other projects.

Project: In order to meet the square footage demands of the homeowners, the home needed to remain two stories while also being sensitive to the character of the traditional neighborhood and the surrounding single storey homes at the base of a mountain.

Sustainable Strategies: The home is heated by a modern in-floor radiant heating system that keeps the house cozy yet efficient. The heat preserving ventilation system provides ample fresh air in a tight well-insulated building envelope.

Design: The architectural elements incorporated in this new design combined traditional craftsman style and modern living, achieving a unique yet timeless home. The floor plan was dramatically improved by eliminating the middle load bearing wall through creative truss designs. The kitchen, with its extensive windows and open access to the dining and living areas, reflects the homeowners love of cooking and entertaining. While other features including a timbered staircase, vertical grain fir trim and a large custom-made butcher block countertop pay respects to the craftsmanship of an earlier time. Large sky-lights in the two main bathrooms on the second floor bring abundant light and a unique view of the mountain from the shower. The old crumbling brick chimney presented an opportunity to showcase a bit of the homes history. While the addition of a covered porch and dormered roof breaks up the mass of the structure, allowing it to remain unobtrusive and integrated into the neighorhood. The renovation of the garage included a rooftop deck and furthered the usable footage of this home while providing an extension of the backyard. Overall this home is one of Missoula’s finest Craftsman style designs, receiving recognition as a Parade of Homes Winner in 2014.

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