Though striking to the eye, designing and building with such substantial materials requires an eye for composition lest the timbers overpower the overall layout. Through the use of good old fashioned teamwork that made the whole greater than the sum of its parts, the architectural firm TKP Architects and President Karen Keating, Designer Susan McNamara and McNamara Designs, Denman Construction and the owners set down to accomplish mixing historic and aesthetic value.
The result was a balancing act between the heft of the timbers and a stunning view of the lake through a 256-square-foot vaulted wall of windows. The incorporation of view into a carefully crafted floor plan allows the beauty of the lake to play partner in this home, with more than half of the rooms enablingwing guests to gaze on the water. The stalwart beams curve across the 22-foot high ceiling of the great room, shouldering the ceiling and providing both structure and style before they lead the eye toward an unfettered view of Whitefish Lake.
The design reflects a Montana architectural style that is influenced by the grand beauty of nearby Glacier National Park per the required architectural standards of Iron Horse. Beyond a regional style, the Homestake is rooted in more than just Western history and style. It is first and foremost a reflection of its owners, Geoff and Caroline Jones. Open and inviting, the strong structural elements are balanced with small cozy spaces for privacy as well as spacious rooms for family and friends. Every guest room has an entrance to the outside to encourage interaction with the natural beauty; a fire pit and hot tub beckon weary guests to partake in the outdoors. With room for 22 family and friends, the Homestake embraces and enhances the owner’s love of entertainment and friends.
Though the many rooms blend together like the rich series of browns that mark the color scheme, the polished feel is a result of tenacious teamwork. In an industry that is often started on paper with a set of architectural plans and then handed to a contractor, this home, as is the way of all Denman Construction Homes, starts as a collaborative effort between owner, architect and contractor. Teamwork allows a consistency of character that maximizes creative potential so that the product can unfold as one seamless structure.
The juxtaposition of open and intimate, grand yet usable, comfortable and secure, was a product of a painstaking design process. At the center of the process lies the simple skill of listening. Over a year of planning and listening went into the final architectural plans. And while listening to the owner may seem like par for the course when it comes to custom homes, the ability to synthesize western aesthetics with the personal style of the owners is what has catapulted Denman Construction to the top of their trade.