Quinn Creek
Quinn Creek Decks!

Quinn Creek Decks!

Thank you to the Quinn Creek homeowners for sharing these photos of their newly built south side decks! Winter came before the decks could be completed last year. They will be a beautiful place to hang out and do yoga. Thank you, CWJ and Associates, once again for your quality carpentry and craftsmanship. The cable railings will be constructed soon to ensure that the decks are safe.



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]
More on this Naturally Lit, Sustainable, Passive Solar, Green Home, Near Bozeman 

What is Environmental Home Design?

What is Environmental Home Design?

We practice environmental design at Greenovision, meaning that the environmental conditions of the site and its surroundings influence our home designs. We believe that homes should compliment and be a sensitive addition to the surrounding landscape, rather than stick out like a sore thumb. Positive conditions such as beautiful vistas, passive solar exposure, cool summer breezes, etc are utilized to benefit the home. Negative conditions such as unsightly views, glaring western sunlight, harsh winter winds, etc are minimized through careful design.


The roof angles of Liberty House and its adjacent Recycled Garage were designed to mimic the slope of nearby Haystack Mountain. The sage green metal roofing and locally grown & milled, natural-colored cedar siding create soft colors that allow the structures to sit in beautifully with the environment.


The surrounding mountain and hillside slopes of the Quinn Creek Home were carefully analyzed and integrated into the design and roof pitches. Even though this photo is in color, winter light conditions often create a black-and-white-like effect. The darker and lighter colored metal siding and roofing colors were purposefully chosen to help the home blend with the environment during the changing seasons.


The low shed roofs at the Crimson Bluffs Home in Townsend, MT were designed to compliment the surrounding mountain ranges. When you follow nature’s existing angles, some amazing things happen both inside and outside of the building. Roof pitches are often “formalities” with no connection to the encompassing landscape. The shed roofs seen in many of our designs are not just a style; they are carefully integrated to have multiple purposes to aid in passive solar heating, passive cooling, water and snow drainage, site specific/environmental design, and other strategies.

Please read Site Specific Design  or Taking Cues from our Landscape to learn more.


Quinn Creek end of 2015

Quinn Creek end of 2015

Its been a busy, but eventful and awesome year for Greenovision. We have a lot to be thankful for, namely our clients and builders that have been top notch (you all know who you are!).  Thank you for being excited about your new home designs, thank you for your patience, and finally thank you for believing in us.  Have a great new year and we look forward to future projects that have beautiful sites to design for.awning icicle

awning icicle2


exercise window



from east

from n west

from north east

from north

from south east

from south

from south2

from west






tall window

Quinn Creek November Update

Quinn Creek November Update

coolAwnings up, Entry deck and Awning installed, exterior complete with the exception of decks on the south side (will be finished when the snow melts spring 2016).


dining viewInterior drywall and texture complete.  Waiting on paint job.


dining view2



from n east

from north

from south

from west



Quinn Creek mid-October update is about details and understanding craftsmanship

Quinn Creek mid-October update is about details and understanding craftsmanship

deckbracket and window frame

One of the greatest challenges in designing and building new homes is: How do “we” as designers come up with a design that is recognized by all that work on it throughout the project as worth putting their thought and care into? We, at Greenovision, believe that there are a number of factors from the beginning that set this in motion. For one, the site itself is a source of inspiration. In some cases like, Quinn Creek, this is simple- the environment is absolutely beautiful. This environment inspires those who work here, well, at least when its not cold, rainy, or windy.

Exterior from W all

2. Keep the design clean. This makes it easy for all that work on the project to maintain a thorough and civilized workmanship.

Emily on roof

3. Have a good attitude when we visit the site. This joyful spirit usually is contagious.

Exterior from E S E

4.  Keep everyone involved throughout the process. In this picture, we have the homeowner, the excavator, and the roofers all together.

Metal workers Andy and Jon

5. Encourage craft through understanding. Too many designers don’t do this, but it is mandatory in our opinion. Talk to those involved in the construction. Ask what they like about the design and most importantly, what could have been better about it. This cross pollinates into everyone feeling not only appreciated, but also as experts at what they do. We have learned a lot from the subcontractors and will implement their suggestions to help improve future designs.

exterior outlet box

6. Understand details. When designers don’t fully understand their own product, they lose credibility with the construction team.

Lower Exercise room

This is an example of what we mean… This is a construction site, yet it as clean as a whistle. The insulation team caught the spirit of the job site!

Main view

A beautiful place to work!

Netting for cellulose


7. Give the subcontractors enough room to work. This plumbing wall could have been a nightmare for Marc if we didn’t provide him adequate wall space to work his thorough and meticulous craft. Again, ask the subcontractors questions. When we asked Marc if he was happy with the space he had to work in, he mentioned that the tightness of the craft that occurred before him made his life easier. Marc did mention one issue that he had difficulty with and we we able to quickly address this before the construction advanced any further.

pressure check

radiant boiler manifolds etc

Example of Mike, the heating specialist’s, well organized layout. This, again, is accomplished by giving subcontractors adequate space to work their magic.

small windows and boxes

8. Allow subcontractors to have interpretation of design. This exterior siding job shows that the spirit of the design was understood and then elaborated on. The windows were designed to have a rhythm. What was not designed were all of the outlet and light fixture block-outs.  The builders took the spirit of the design and integrated this rhythm into what could have been a mess. This creative interpretation should be encouraged as it elevates not only craftsmanship, but also the spirit of creativity which is often ‘not allowed’ by some designers.

Standing seams

9. Understand and eliminate unnecessary complexity. Most roofs of today are a nightmare for subcontractors to work on because they have extraneous hips, valleys, ridges, and intersections.  This roof juncture is about as complex as this roof-scape is. This encourages clean and simple execution by the metal workers, making for a tight product. Designers need to ask themselves, “Is this necessary? Who will enjoy this? Will this cost more? And most importantly, Will the subcontractor hate this detail?”


The spirit of keeping things neat.

Terminationl trim


Tie down

Details that often are not understood by designers create installation nightmares. This tectonic structural tie down was given adequate space in the framing plan to be installed. Framers need to be considered in what they can and can’t do.

caulk that joint

Modern homes, in order to meet high energy efficiency standards, need thoroughness in execution. Here you have wall plate and stud junctures caulked appropriately, which reduces unwanted air and moisture infiltration. Even though this site is located where it doesn’t have to be code compliant, the workmanship of the insulators continues common sense and thorough sealing application.

Upstair Interior from West

window frame

10. Think ahead. This window detail with a cedar frame that the metal trim butts up to, considers future window replacement. All too often designers don’t think about what it means to have to make replacement simple and possible in the future. With this detail, the windows can be removed without touching the siding. The siding will outlast the windows!

exterior from southeast below

11. Lastly, use materials that are beautiful and durable. This promotes better craft and workmanship because all involved know that what they install or build will be there for a long time if they do their job correctly. This eliminates a sense of futility that contractors feel and experience when they are knowingly installing ‘junk’ materials or 15-20 year exterior products. Unfortunately, the use of low-quality materials has become rampant in the design and construction of new homes. Greenovision advocates the use of long lasting, low maintenance, and highly insulated exteriors. Spend the money on the building envelope initially and not on expensive counter tops and fixtures. Those interior products can be simply remodeled out over time. Remodeling the exterior, on the other hand, is not only risky, but expensive.

New Awning Renderings for Quinn Creek

New Awning Renderings for Quinn Creek

We just wanted to share some renderings that we created recently for an awning that will be over the north side entryway of the Quinn Creek Home. The frame for the awning is custom welded and it supports a polycarbonate (greenhouse plastic material) top. These renderings, in addition to the construction drawings, help give the homeowners, builders, and the welder a realistic idea of how this awning will look. To learn more about this unique type of awning that we design and to see photos of similar awnings, please go here.






Quinn Creek Framing about done

Quinn Creek Framing about done

The Latest developments…

livingroom to absorkas

from north west

from southeast again


towards gallatins

bedroom view2

Quinn  Creek Framing Progress

Quinn Creek Framing Progress

Here are some photos of the Quinn Creek Home from August 31st. The general contractor and framing crew are doing a great job and the project is progressing quickly. For regular updates on this project, be sure to “Like” the Greenovision Facebook Page.

exercise room view

exterior from north east

from northwest 2

guest bedroom view

kitchen view

view from south east

Quinn Creek Home Milestone: Concrete Pour!

Quinn Creek Home Milestone: Concrete Pour!

concrete pour

Every home has major milestones during the design and construction phases. Our Quinn Creek Home design had a major milestone today: the Concrete Pour. It went well and is starting to take shape! You’ll see here some excavation photos from back in June and photos of today’s concrete pour. It was foggy up in the Bangtail Mountains.