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Mount Helena Residence

helena, montana

A 'Mountain West' vernacular with a heavy influence from the coastal homes of the northeast United States, where the residents called home for many years.  The small, steep site provided great design opportunities. A large, drive-in garage is featured at the lower level, sunk back into the hill, with living space above. A basement level greenhouse absorbs the southern sun and a spacious kitchen area welcomes the morning sun from the east. The home is oriented to provide stunning views of the Helena valley from decks and living spaces and views of Mount Helena from the kitchen. A hearth at the end of the vaulted living room provides warmth for the connected living and dining spaces. The upper level ‘folly’ office provides 360 degree views of the entire Helena area – a key design requirement from the client.