The designated cook doesn’t have to worry about missing out on seeing the wildlife with the view from an oversized pass-through connecting the kitchen to the breakfast nook. It provides the same view of the Bridgers that is seen from the great room. The pass-through takes on the appearance of a fireplace, framed by a stone wall which also hides the vent for the six-burner gas stove that is positioned to look like a hearth.
Ambient lighting is used throughout the house to accent various architectural features. Uplights and recessed fixtures highlight subtle features that might otherwise go unnoticed, such as an old wagon wheel and pots that are mounted on the rock wall above the stove and the vertical timber beams in the great room.
From the kitchen and great room, the faint, soothing sound of a waterfall is heard coming from an adjacent “winter garden” room. A rock wall provides the backdrop for the waterfall and 28 passive solar skylights form the pitched roof of the sun-drenched room, nourishing the collection of plants and flowers, and the frequent respite-seeker that occupy it. The glass ceiling also sheds natural light on the adjoining laundry room, making laundry tasks a little less mundane.