Spreading across both sides of the trout-rich Sun River just below the Gibson Reservoir Dam, on almost 3,000 acres, this fabulous private ranch retreat lies in one of the most protected wildlife areas of Montana. Known as the Sun River Ranch, the fabulous ranch is composed of the 7,325 square foot main residence, a guest house, guest cabin, manager’s house and a barn with apartment.The spectacular custom-built main residence showcases a stunning facade made of large diameter logs interrupted by glazing. Overlooking Castle Reef and Scapegoat Mountain, the house shelters a stunning collection of rooms.
On the main floor, a great room boasting a rock fireplace shares the space with a kitchen continuing with a screened dining porch, the master suite displaying a screened sleeping porch, a guest room, bathroom and utility spaces, plus an open loft above. Featuring electronically retractable windows and retractable metal vertical blinds, the screened porches are fully equipped to take on whatever weather outside and keep a constant climate inside.The lower level shelters a rec room, fly-tying benches, rod racks, gear storage, a poker table, wet bar and a large climate controlled wine cellar. Then there is the basement area, including a media room, bunk room, guest room, three bathrooms and plenty of storage space. Defined by hardwood and stone flooring throughout, the house opens to the outside with a set of relaxing features: Jacuzzi pools with cascading waterfalls, outdoor shower and an unimaginable surrounding landscape. Available for $10,250,000 here, this dream property will surely become the owner’s most beloved asset.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.