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Railway Residence in Whitefish, Montana

Architects: Cushing Terrell

Location: Whitefish, Rocky Mountains, northwest Montana, USA

Railway Residence Whitefish Montana

Photos by Gibeon Photography

Nov 16, 2020

Railway Residence

Nestled on 4.5 acres in the eastern outskirts of Whitefish, Montana, the Railway Residence is located at the nexus of three defining features: the Whitefish Range to the north; Great Northern Mountain, bookended by the Swan Range and Saddleback Mountain to the east; and connecting the two, the Great Northern Railroad. The design of this 3,500-square-foot home captures and frames these landmarks through simple, gabled forms that loosely recall the agrarian vernacular architecture throughout the region. Together with contemporary detailing, the house captures the familiarity of the past while providing the functionality and performance of today.

Railway Residence Whitefish Montana

Basic spaces—living area, home office, music studio, garage and storage—are divided into four primary volumes arranged around a central autocourt. The spatial organization enables the family of four to have distinct public and private zones. Short, low-slung, glazed walkways connect the cedar-clad gabled forms and emphasize movement from one zone to another. Windows are pulled up to the underside of roof eaves, bringing a modern sensibility to traditional building forms. A barn, original to the site, has been restored and provides storage and a backdrop for the homeowner’s photography business.

Railway Residence Whitefish Montana

The interiors adopt a European-inspired aesthetic made evident through simple, clean lines and a limited yet warm material palette. White walls and concrete floors—made comfortable through energy efficient, radiant, in-floor heating that’s paired with a heat recovery ventilator—unify the interior aesthetic. Large windows showcase the dramatic mountain vistas. “We went into the project with sustainability and comfort as a priority,” says the homeowner.

Railway Residence Whitefish Montana

“I love our windows and our living room…it’s so open and light. We get to watch the sunset on the mountains and see the deer. It feels like we’re outdoors even though we’re in our home.” To accentuate the views in the living/dining room, one of the walls angles toward a view of Great Northern Mountain. “It’s a modest design move,” notes Charlie Deese, project architect for CTA | Cushing Terrell, “subtly guiding your eye in that direction. It also creates a pocket of space for exterior patio doors to have a little bit of cover.”

Railway Residence Whitefish Montana

One of the walls in the music room is also angled, though in this case for acoustical performance rather than to enhance views. The interiors are pulled together by highlighting similar colors and textures throughout the space. A casual breakfast nook immediately off the entry and kitchen is at the building’s southern side, where exterior views are limited. Ample built-in storage keeps clutter to a minimum.

Railway Residence Whitefish Montana

Foundation walls employ insulated concrete forms while exterior cedar-clad walls feature a rain-screen assembly with continuous insulation and blown-in cellulose cavity insulation—a 50% improvement over code minimums and equivalent in cost to the typical spray-in foam/batt insulation combination. Easy-to-build, pre-fabricated wood trusses meant sealing, insulating, and naturally ventilating the concealed attic spaces were easy to accomplish. High performance doors and triple-pane windows round out the performance initiatives.

Railway Residence Whitefish Montana

From the placement on the lot to the simple cedar siding to the accents of texture and color throughout, all these elements together create a sustainably responsible house that celebrates family life and the surrounding landscape.

Railway Residence Whitefish Montana

Railway Residence in Montana – Building Information

Design Team: Cushing Terrell
David Koel, PM, Principal in charge
Charlie Deese, Project Manager, Lead Designer, Architect
Shawn Pauly, Design Professional

Consultant team
Architecture: CTA | Cushing Terrell
Contractor: Mindful Designs
Interior Design: Tate Interiors

Railway Residence Whitefish Montana

Photographer: Gibeon Photography

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