Born of the Wilderness

Using stone, timber, log, glass, and steel, this home reflects the dynamic character of the rugged Rocky Mountain West.

It’s as if it were forged from the wild country that surrounds it. From its Douglas fir posts to the native stone, to the circle-sawn white oak, to the cedar shake roof, the Old Barn Timber Frame is a natural extension of the surrounding Big Sky country. A man-made structure that blends into the surrounding panorama.

Located within The Club at Spanish Peaks, not far from Big Sky, Montana, and in the center of some of the finest snow skiing in North America, this very inviting home offers 4,700 square feet of livable space.

On the far end of the home is another distinctive aspect – a guest room that is actually a wing unto itself. It too steps down, right into its own private corner of the house.

“The guest wing even has its own private deck,” noted Donaghey. “The owners wanted something very special for their guests. It definitely separates itself.”

The great room, too, is certain to impress guests.

“The owners wanted lots of high timber in the room,” said Donaghey, “and their wish was fulfilled with solid beams reaching up to the vaulted ceilings.”

“The home, as a whole, is actually a ’timber frame hybrid,’” Donaghey went on, “built of timber and conventional 2-by-6 framing. The Douglas fir beams have been kiln-dried to prevent any warping or twisting.”

“We also used a lot of knotty alder for trim,” Donaghey continued. “The tongue-in-groove ceiling is Douglas fir as well, which blends naturally with the fir-covered landscape.”

Along with granite countertops in the spacious kitchen, a mixture of natural stone and ceramic tiles was used in the bathrooms.

The classic barn-style sliding doors were custom-made by a partner company in Idaho, while the cabinetry was cut by another partner in Montana. “We really like to work with the custom shops that specialize in the high-end residential side of things,” Donaghey said.

The stone used for the fireplace and in other masonry throughout the house is Chief Cliff, a durable quartzite that’s mined nearby. Its subtle blend of greys, umbers, tans, and splashes of gold make it the ideal backdrop for the rich tones of the fir and oak.

What makes the home’s appearance even more striking are the reflections of sky, forest and mountains splashed across the numerous large windows.

“The wine room is another very cool feature,” Donaghey said. Quite literally, cool. Located below ground, just off the rec room, the natural temperature of the earth, usually around 55 degrees at that depth, helps to keep the cellar ideal for both white and red vintages 12 months of the year.

The chilly earth also holds a plentiful water table, providing the H2O necessary to feed an effective and economical geothermal heating system. Additional wells on the property provide drinking water.

And wildlife? “We’re in the Yellowstone range, just 90 miles from the national park,” Donaghey said, “so we have black bear, moose, elk, deer, wolves, mountain lions, wolverines … you name it, and the critters are there.”

 Teton Heritage Builders was founded in 1996 by Peter and Matt Lee in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Their mantra was, and still is, “to create exceptional handcrafted custom dream homes…that reflect the character of their distinctive surroundings.”

Teton Heritage builds custom homes throughout the Big Sky region, including Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Visit them at


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