It Only Looks Old: A Lake House in Montana

by hookedonhouses on May 21, 2013

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When I first saw this house on Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana, I assumed it had been around for a long time. So I was surprised to learn it’s actually fairly new, built by the architect Larry Pearson “with siding recycled from an old house so it has a nice weathered look,” as the reader who told me about it explained.

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If I pulled up to this house, I wouldn’t guess it was built in 2006. Would you?

Patti saw the house in person and says the photos don’t do the house justice–”My jaw was hanging open through the whole tour.”

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She explains, “The breezeway with the big stone fireplace is a connection between the main house and the guest house with a studio below the guest house.”

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The beautifully aged hardwood floors in the house were rescued from an old gymnasium.

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Note the tree-trunk details on the corners of the kitchen island:

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This makes me want wood countertops in my kitchen. Gorgeous.

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The house sits on 15.5 acres and was recently on the market for $ 2.5 million. For more photos and information, check the listing and the architect’s website. Thanks to Patti for telling me about it!

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P.S. Do you like the intentionally weathered look? It reminds me of the houses Bronson Pinchot restores on his DIY Network show with old siding and materials. Click here to see some of his before and afters, including this one:

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