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Modern Ranch Residence Designed by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects


A perfect place for large families who prefer family-friendly social time or separate activities. This home is modern and stunningly beautiful.

exterior view

Tucked into the heart of Big Timber, Montana’s rolling hills and cliffside landscape is Big Timber Ranch. The unique house designed by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects boasts 5,200 square feet of space. The entire home exudes stunning modernity and beauty, but the master bedroom is particularly eye-catching with its expansive views.

The Impressive Exterior

The exterior of the home displays careful planning and design that allows the structure to incorporate itself into the surrounding landscape. The home both recedes into and juts out from the hillside where it sits, thus mirroring the jagged cliff wall situated just beneath the rear of the building.

Because of the use of metal and glass, the residence seems modern in contrast to the landscape, but oxidation will eventually cause the metal to patina so that it blends in more naturally. Planted rooftops give the home an eco-friendly appeal while also helping it mesh with the environment.

The materials used to build the home consist of:

  • Steel
  • SIP roof panels
  • Reclaimed wood
  • Locally sourced sandstone
  • Fleetwood window systems

By using locally sourced limestone and reclaimed wood, the house incorporates many natural elements so that it complements nature rather than distracts from it. From the outside, the house seems to glow after the sun goes down thanks to the soft interior lighting emanating from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Fascinating Interior

The interior of the residence is no less impressive. There are many standout features, such as the creation of spaces. Although the interior of the home flows together beautifully, there are clearly defined areas. The entry of the house serves as the intersection that leads to the different sections.

You will find three primary sections – parental, child, and social. The parental section allows parents to relax at the end of the day in the charming master bedroom. Large glass windows that line one wall in the room provide incredibly expansive views.

Perhaps one of the most notable features of the home is the flickering light that enters through the hallway in the children’s area. One of the home’s three exterior pools has a shared wall with the hallway. Therefore, the light flickers as the sunlight shines through the water in the pool.

The design of the home makes it as eco-friendly and energy efficient as possible for the homeowners. Geothermal heating and cooling reduce energy bills. The geothermal system uses a radiant floor system to ensure comfort during the heat of summer and the cold of winter.

As an added measure of energy efficiency, all the windows throughout the home are triple glazed. Despite the numerous windows, residents can still experience a sense of privacy. The house is situated just far enough away from the road and away from any neighboring homes that privacy is not an issue.

Overall, the home is creative, beautiful, and complementary to its surroundings. The features of the home make it perfect for large families who prefer family-friendly social time or separate activities. The fact that there are separate spaces for children and parents means that every aspect of the home offers a form of functionality that meets the needs of everyone.

Design by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects

Design by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects

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