BEFORE BUILDING THEIR HOME near the golf course at Spanish Peaks Mountain Club in Big Sky, Montana, Brent and Susie Porlier spent a good amount of time perched on a viewing stand overlooking the mountains beyond and the meadows below. These would be the very...

AFTER YEARS OF FREQUENTING POPULAR SKI RESORTS throughout the Northwest, a family of outdoor adventurers and art enthusiasts set their sights on building a modern retreat in Whitefish, Montana. They called upon the collaborative local talents of Altius Design Group, Bigfork Builders, and Tate Interiors...

WHEN IT COMES TO DESIGNING A HOUSE IN MONTANA, one guiding principle stands above all others: You have to consider the views. After all, what’s the point of living in Big Sky Country if, even on the coldest day in February, you can’t look out...

THESE DAYS, IN THE WORLD OF RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION, cautionary tales are a dime a dozen: the stories about contractors and clients who simply don’t get along, who miscommunicate, and who part ways on hostile terms. Few and far between are the tales of smooth-sailing projects...

"I THINK YOU BOUGHT THE WRONG HOUSE,” architect Ed Ugorowski, of Design Partnership in Bozeman, Montana, remembered telling his clients. [caption id="attachment_11685" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] The heart of the home — its living area/dining room/kitchen — is characterized by floors of Topcret microcement, an Argentinian product; 200-year-old...

WHEN LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION for the remodel of their new home, Jim and Beth Hageman knew there was no better influence than nature — especially because their recently purchased property was located right on the Madison River near Ennis, Montana. [caption id="attachment_11640" align="alignleft" width="271"] As avid...

IN LIVINGSTON, MONTANA, barely a stone’s throw from the Yellowstone River, a handful of fly-fishing craftspeople are at the forefront of a burgeoning movement, creating handmade, utilitarian works of art. Boats. Rods. Flies. Not unlike the pioneering farmers of the farm-to-table movement, these men and...

THE BIG HOLE RIVER has its start east of the Continental Divide in the Beaverheads, bubbling up from a complex of high-altitude rivulets and runs, snowmelt ponds and puddles, before flowing 150-some miles toward its confluence with the Jefferson River. Along the way, the Big...

SOUTH OF THREE FORKS where the graveled Madison Road winds past cattle ranches, horse farms, and residences, there’s a unique, unmarked fishery at the Cobblestone Fishing Access site. Commonly known as Darlington Spring Creek Ditch (its original name was Darlinton, after the family that once owned the...