A Modern Farmhouse With Fishing Ties

He designs fishing rods, she’s a fishing guide, and this is their rustic-meets-modern farmhouse—a mountain retreat that’s as elegant as it is warm and inviting. 

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, this couple wanted their full-time residence in Livingston, Montana, to be practical and humble, allowing the outstanding landscape to do all the talking. With a casual-yet-welcoming entry, a kitchen that nods to farmhouse history, an incredible indoor-outdoor connection, and the utmost consistency in architectural detail—the final result is a magnificent tribute to their nature-loving lifestyle.

Take a tour below.

The compact four-bedroom home sits nestled in the valley—a quintessential Montana backdrop.

A handful of horses roam on the couple’s 20-acre property, which boasts breathtaking mountain views.

A seasonal creek runs through the property; a large stone slab bridges the gap, creating a walkway to a hot tub and outdoor living area.

The home invites the outdoors in at every available opportunity. A screened-in porch celebrates the Montana lifestyle while the style of windows and reclaimed wood pays homage to the couple’s coastal history.

A separate structure just steps from the main home serves as both a garage and a studio for designing fly rods.

The home’s exterior features a natural stone veneer, as well as stained fir and reclaimed redwood siding.

The entryway is the perfect representation of its owners: humble, casual and warm. A covered barbecue welcomes guests as they arrive, as if to say, “Get ready for some al fresco dining!” 

In this abode—as well as in farmhouses of years past—the kitchen is the heart of the home, positioned immediately upon entry. Reclaimed as-is fir beams further accentuate the nod to historic farmhouse style.

Perhaps one of the home’s most beloved nooks, this breakfast booth is the perfect spot to sip a warm beverage while enjoying views of nature beyond.

A farmhouse sink and mobile island add both practicality and style.

The open gathering spaces keep the focus on incredible vantage points; both areas extend into outdoor living quarters. 

A small wood-burning insert fireplace adds simple elegance and an extra sense of coziness to this sitting nook.

The great room opens onto an uncovered deck, while the dining area extends into a screened-in porch (below).

There is also access to the screened-in porch from the master bedroom—the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and ease into the day.

Models of fish the couple have caught are on display in the stairway.

The home has two entryways—in addition to the entry to the kitchen, this mudroom is a great place to kick off the boots or leash up the dogs for a walk. 

A spa bath en suite to a lower-level guest room adds a touch of rustic flair to its luxurious space. 

Even the bunk room offers gorgeous views.

A wall of reclaimed wood adds extra visual interest to the master bedroom, and a sliding barn door leads to the master bath.


ARCHITECTURE Brechbuhler Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Laura Fedro Interiors

Andrew Brechbuhler is the principal architect and founder of Brechbuhler Architects, a Bozeman, Montana-based architecture firm specializing in high-end residential homes. View their website, or contact Andrew at 406.522.0369.

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