See this stunning nature inspired home in Montana: Fat Deer Lodge



Fat Deer Lodge is a stunning family home that was designed by Cushing Terrell, nestled on a beautiful site with an open meadow in Darby, Montana. The design of this 2,400-square-foot residence is a personal reflection of the homeowners’ sense of style, life experiences, and love of the land.

From its unexpected placement on the lot to its name, the home is full of stories. With the steep topography at the back of the lot and incredible views all around, ordinarily, the house would have been situated in the center, impacting a large field where deer and elk come to feed. Instead, the family chose to leave the field natural and untouched.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTURE Cushing Terrell CONTRACTOR Garber Construction Inc./Chuck Garber STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Cushing Terrell MECHANICAL ENGINEER Subcontractor to Garber Construction ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Cushing Terrell


Fat Deer Lodge was tucked into the far side of the lot with minimal disruption to the site, creating a beautiful foreground as you approach the house. The family’s daughter named the residence after the deer and elk co-habitants. The living spaces are oriented toward views of Trapper Peak, so no matter where you are in the home, you have a framed view of the mountain via large windows.


The house was intentionally designed to look minimal from the front and blend into the tree line, while the back of the house is expansive with “walls of glass” that create a tree-house-like feel. The goal was to design an intimate home, just the right size for their living style. The open, sweeping shed roof and windows that look out into the trees and the mountains beyond give the feeling of a much larger space.


While the home incorporates nods to a Montana aesthetic, such as rough reclaimed wood beams, it is very modern. A simple material palette, white oak floors, and tall ceilings anchored by a floor-to-ceiling fireplace create an open, light-filled space. Art lovers and concert-goers, a fun perk for the clients and design team was deciding where each art piece would go, weaving the story of the owners’ lives throughout.


Additional highlights of this home: At the bottom of the stairs, there is a big chevron sliding barn door that opens up into a theater room. (The clients are big sports fans; baseball in particular). A barbeque is tucked into the reverse side of the big fireplace inside. To the left of the BBQ, there is a window that sits above a bar; you can open that window up all the way to serve drinks.

The home design incorporates places to work—both for him and her. Also down the hallway is a guest bedroom and bathroom, and then as you go down the other way, there is the bunkroom space, which is their daughter’s domain—for her and her friends. She has a sitting area with a window space/nook and that frames Trapper Peak. Personal touches throughout, incorporating things that mean a lot to them. There is a guest house/barn in progress…

What We Love: Fat Deer Lodge features large walls of glazing to capture mesmerizing views of the rugged landscape while flooding the interiors with natural light. Clean lines and beautiful details can be found throughout this home. The architects did a fabulous job of orientating this home on the property to be respectful of the meadows along with the neighbors’ sightlines. We are loving every detail, from the stylish yet comfortable furnishings to the material and finish selections… and the wondrous views of nature!

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this home? Let us know in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this home, Cushing Terrell: Montana home with minimalist design highlights surrounding landscape and Dream house retreat boasts unforgettable views of the Teton Range.















PHOTOGRAPHER Heidi Long /Longviews Studios

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