Walkin P Ranch - Jeffers, MT

The first building of this multi-building complex sits on a historic ranch along a pristine creek in a small hamlet in the Madison Valley, home to some of Montana’s best fishing areas. This larger parcel encompasses the creek as well as the site of a 1910 cabin/farmstead that was added on to three times prior to its sale to the present Owner. Sitting at the foot of mature willows, the farmstead had been modified so often that little of it’s historic fabric remained. In the first phase, it was hoped the original cabin could be rescued; the structural integrity had been badly compromised, and that hope was not realized. The final design, now under construction, honors both the historic character and building placement, but is a new building which incorporates the modest facade of the original cabin. The first of the new buildings on this site, an 3500 sf farmhouse and barn, provides the basic program for the summer residents. The farmhouse retains and reuses the old farmhouse cabinetry, as well as provides new sleeping quarters for children and grandchildren of the Owners. Inside the Barn, functionally a Great Room, is found a wainscot of flume wood from the original cabin structure, as well as other found elements from the site.

The master plan for the complex included a separate master suite building, a dining pavilion with a winter lock-down gourmet kitchen, a garage, and a storage barn built from the two historic barns on the property that had lost their structure. Extensive land sculpting and landscaping, as well as the development of informal gathering areas around the site are also incorporated into the overall site and building design. By 2013, the storage barn/garage was completed.

In 2010, a play cabin was added to the site. The cabin was purchased from a local craftsman, and moved to the site, as was planned for in the master plan of the project. In 2011, a bathroom and outdoor shower were added to the cabin, to provide a space for the Owner’s grandchildren during their summer visits.

Firm of Record: StoneHorse Design
Project Role: Project Design through Construction Observation
Builder: JDL Construction www.jdlconstruction.us
Photography: James Lear / 45 degrees north
Lark Smothermon / Woollybugger Studios www.woollybugger.org/
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Boardwalk from lower pond to house
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Rustic Entry at night ( Phase 2 )
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Outside Kitchen adjacent to outside fireplace, Phase 2
“Luces y columna en la esquina” — claudiabfg
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“wall colour” — tarajmhatch
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Living Room
“Exposed beams as structural support” — benedwards1970
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Living /Dining Room
“floors with the wood trim and black hardware” — jrichrd
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Master Bedroom
“Trim and paneling” — homestostyle
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Kid's Bedroom
“Beds” — Linda Eckman
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Entry (Phase 1 )
“Love this siding. So much texture and character” — Jennifer Holt
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Outside Fireplace ( Phase 1 )
“Outside fireplace, reclaimed beam supports” — benedwards1970
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Upper Pond flow to creek
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