Magazine article Sunset

Pioneers of the New West

Magazine article Sunset

Pioneers of the New West

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After years of hiking and fishing in Montana, this California couple now calls it home

"There's something about mountain living that gets in your blood, and unless you've lived in the wilderness, it's hard to explain," says Michael Nave. Five years ago, Nave and his wife, Joyce, who are from California, answered the call of the wild and headed east, deciding to build a second home in a valley of ponderosa pines near Montana's Rattlesnake Creek.

They hired a local architect to design a house that would seem a natural extension of their rural site-like the handsome wood barns with corrugated metal roofs that still grace many Western agricultural landscapes. They wanted an airy, light-filled, and easy tomaintain home that would promote indooroutdoor living.

The resulting 3,200-square-foot, two-story, gable-roofed structure is wrapped on two sides by a generous porch. Natural cedar siding, metal roofing, and preweathered red cedar shingles reinforce the crisp, barnlike character. A great room with kitchen, a sunporch, and a guest room occupy the ground floor; the master bedroom suite and a home office fill the upper floor (glimpsed in photo at right). A full basement contains a family room and another bedroom.

The great room features a 16-foot-high ceiling with clerestory windows on three sides to balance the light. Interior walls are rough-sawn cedar painted white and accented with vertical-grain Douglas fir trim for a casual, rusticelegant look that suits the couple's informal lifestyle. French doors connect the great room to the porch, which is the Naves' principal living area during summer months. …

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