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Crimson Bluffs Interior

Upon entering the Crimson Bluffs Home from the west-side entrance, you are greeted with a brightly lit and well organized foyer. This mudroom area has custom built-in cubbies and a closet for storage of seasonal clothing, shoes, and gear. Eventually there will be a custom built-in bench for sitting down and removing shoes. A door to the north of the foyer leads to a small and quiet office/wool dying and spinning room. Natural sunlight entering through the entry door is also shared through the glass door of the office.

Warm sunlit entry foyer

This is custom-built shelving in the office/wool dying and spinning room. All of the custom finish carpentry and built-ins were crafted by Dan Harrigfeld of Cadillac Custom Cabinets of Townsend, MT.

Simple clean shelves over cabinet

Exiting the foyer to the east, you walk into an open floor plan which includes the kitchen, dining room, and living room. You immediately have stunning views of the Big Belt Mountains to the east and the Crimson Bluffs to the south. Views of the Missouri River can be seen just down the hill to the east and northeast.

Open sunlit Livingroom

The upper and lower operable awning windows are specially designed to promote passive cooling in the home. Cool air enters the home from the north and warm air exits to the south. The homeowners report the home is staying at a very comfortable interior temperature during the hot summer months without running any electric fans or venting devices.

Open floor plan with awesome view

There is an open kitchen with a custom wood slab counter top. Notice the fun pocket windows along the west-facing wall. They are specifically designed to minimize the amount of glaring western sunlight entering the home and provide snippets of views of the beautiful hillside behind. They serve two other important functions: senses of security and privacy. The homeowners can see from their kitchen and living room small views of the road and who is entering their driveway, but drivers-by cannot see in.

Basswood ceiling modern home

The natural wood ceiling gives the home a bright and organic feeling. The lumber used is basswood, which was brought to Montana by the homeowners from their native home of Minnesota- a homage to their roots.

Views of the Missouri River can be seen to the east. The deck with cantilevering roof overhang and custom cable railing is just outside of the sliding glass doors. The deck is a cool and shaded place to rest outdoors during the warmer months.

Main space Windows and views

Views to the south are of the Crimson Bluffs hillsides. Notice the tiled radiant hydronic floor soaking up the sun’s natural energy on this February 15th day. The passively collected solar heat is actively distributed throughout the first floor by the radiant floor in a strategy we call “Sun Smart Radiant Heat.”

Passive solar floor plan

The upstairs spaces have 360 degree views, ample natural daylight, and and open airy feel. Wildlife such as bluebirds, sand hill cranes, pelicans, moose, and deer are seen right from their couch or kitchen island.

Awning over Picture windows equal good venting

 

The main upstairs floor also includes a half bathroom, a walk-in pantry, and an open stairwell leading to the lower floor.

Simple clean Pantry design

These are the stairs leading to the lower level. The stairs were designed and built by Marks Lumber of Clancy, MT and were installed by Dan Harrigfeld.

Thick wood tread open staircase

The custom welded ties for securing the railing to the stairs were fabricated by a high school student from Broadwater High School in Townsend as part of a shop class assignment. The steel was leftover from the exterior custom awnings (fabricated by Mark Pelletier). Most materials of this home were carefully selected to be either recycled or sustainable/long-lasting, so it was great to reuse these metal scraps. The inclusion of this student into the construction of this home really illustrates how the Crimson Bluffs Home was a community project. Like it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to build a house!

Modern rustic stairs

The lower level includes a master bedroom with master bath and walk-in closet, a guest room, a guest bathroom, and a large, sunny family room that can double as another guest room.

This is the view at the bottom of the stairs on the bottom floor of the family room. There is a custom rustic barn door leading to the guest bedroom. The south-facing windows are letting in the February sunlight for passive solar heat gain.

Passive solar daylight walkout basement

The guest bedroom has a custom crafted rustic bed frame by Cadillac Custom Cabinets. It’s hard to to see because of the glare, but there is a beautiful view of the Missouri River through the window.

Modern meets rustic bedroom

The downstairs guest bathroom is naturally bright. The ample natural day lighting in this home saves significantly on electric lighting costs and creates a feeling of comfort.

Modern meets rustic vanity

The master bathroom with custom vanity is a mix of modern and rustic.

Cool clean bathroom

The master bedroom walk-in closet has custom cabinets for great organization.

Walk-in closet with built in shelves and drawers

The photo to the right is looking down the downstairs hall from the master bedroom. The ceilings on both floors are the natural basswood.

The lower level also has an unfinished room for storage, laundry, and the home’s mechanical systems.

Basswood ceiling modern hallway

Crimson Bluffs: A few more interior photos

Crimson Bluffs: A few more interior photos

Mark went to Townsend in mid-February to take interior photos of the Crimson Bluffs Home as the interior finishes are finally complete! We’ve posted most of the photos and a better description on our website here, however, we have a few more to share here on our blog. We along with the homeowners are thrilled with how beautifully this home turned out. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this project including Katie the homeowner, who did an amazing job organizing the interior design. The style of this home is modern rustic. On the day that the photos were taken in February, this passive solar home was soaking up the sun’s natural energy, yet staying at a comfortable temperature.

The upstairs of this home has an open kitchen, living room, and dining room with a vaulted ceiling and 360 degree views of the Missouri River, various mountain ranges, and the Crimson Bluffs Hillsides.

Modern Kitchen

All of the custom finish work and built-ins were crafted by Dan Harrigfeld of Cadillac Custom Cabinets of Townsend, MT.

Daylight interior

The natural wood ceiling gives the home a bright and organic feeling. The lumber used is basswood, which was brought to Montana by the homeowners from their native home of Minnesota- a homage to their roots.

Douglas fir cabinets

The upstairs powder room is simple and clean. The high rectangular operable awning window provides privacy as well as a spectacular view of the Missouri River.

Daylight Powder room

View of the powder room from the open living room with the mudroom in the background.

Douglas fir doors against white walls

The railing of the open stairs leading to the lower level of the home. Notice the fun pocket windows along the west-facing wall. They were specifically designed to minimize the amount of glaring western sunlight entering the home and provide snippets of views of the beautiful hillside behind. They serve two other important functions: senses of security and privacy. The homeowners can see from their kitchen and living room small views of the road and who is entering their driveway, but drivers-by cannot see in.

Pocket windows

The stairs were designed and built by Marks Lumber of Clancy, MT and were installed by Dan Harrigfeld.

Open wood staircase

A view of the lower level family room looking out onto the eventual south-side patio area.

The custom rustic barn door to the guest bedroom.

rustic interior barn door

The custom-built rustic guest bed frame.

rustic bed

Quinn Creek Interior photos

A Naturally Lit, Sustainable, Passive Solar, Green Home, Near Bozeman, Montana

The Quinn Creek Home is a naturally Lit, sustainable, Passive Solar, Green Home, Near Bozeman, Montana.   Quinn Creek  has “Sun Smart Radiant Heating” designed by Greenovision Home Design and contracted by CWJ & Associates. It is located in the mountains just east of Bozeman, Montana. We wish to thank CWJ and all of the subcontractors for their excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail. Many thanks to Rebecca Moore and Krista Hunton for designing the interior paint scheme that compliments the tiling and kitchen finishes chosen by the homeowners.
A bright Modern Montana Kitchen
Kitchen with wood ceiling
Well lit Modern Kitchen
A Naturally Lit, Sustainable, Passive Solar, Green Home, Near Bozeman, Montana

small windows in Mosaic
Winter Sunlight and Passive solar gain
Awning window over Picture window equals good ventilation
Window shelf
Open Walkout floor plan with abundant sunlight
Passive solar tiled floor for warmth

When you enter the home from the north, you are greeted with an immediate view of the Gallatin Mountains. The entryway has an integrated, custom designed and built mudroom with a built-in bench for taking off shoes as well as cubbies and closets for storage. The upper level has a vaulted ceiling and an open floor plan with a kitchen, living room and dining room that provide spectacular views of the Gallatin, Absaroka, and Crazy Mountains. There is a large custom designed and crafted bookshelf all along the western wall. Pocket windows create a fun pattern of views along the eastern wall. There is also a pantry and half bathroom on the upper level.

An open stairwell leading to the ground floor is located in the center of the building. A long, narrow window provides views and natural illumination as you descend the stairs. The ground floor includes an exercise area, a guest bedroom with bathroom, an office, a reading room, and a laundry room. The office has a custom crafted polycarbonate sliding barn door. Bringing the polycarbonate into the home (it is also used on the exterior awnings) creates a continuity between the exterior and interior.

A few steps down from the ground floor is the master bedroom area, its own module secluded from the rest of the home that has a vaulted ceiling. This area includes the master bath, a walk-in closet, and a large bedroom with stunning mountain views to the south and east. The eastern wall of the master bedroom has a pattern of pocket windows like those on the upper level.
Sunlit open floor plan
tall Picture window with awning window below
Large LVL bookcase and baltic birch coat cabinet
Baltic birch coat closet
Bench, cubbies and coat closet in mudroom
Bright well lit modern stairway
Tall stairway window
Polycarbonate and wood interior door
Modern interior barn door
Polycarbonate and wood door with barn door hardware

Funtional and clean modern bathroom]
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