The landscape of Montana’s Paradise Valley is in a constant state of flux; conditions change from day to day and from season to season. The Kybartas Residence, a sanctuary for a mom and her two teenage daughters, plays a supporting role to the dynamic landscape. Design goals included connection to the surrounding mountains and landscape by addressing views, compact and easy to maintain spaces that are adaptable for guests, and a house that stands its own against the harsh Montana weather. The result is a 3 bedroom house, with a single car garage, an open living/dining/kitchen area, and an incredible series of spaces from which to take in the landscape.
The house is comprised of two forms, with a transparent entry connector serving to join the two elements. The primary form is a two-story volume that is inspired by the simple farmhouse vernacular that exists throughout the valley. The single-story shed roof volume acts as a wind buffer to the prevailing southern winds and helps define an outdoor patio. The entry approach is sheltered from winds as well, and is intended to temporarily remove the views from the visitor until inside the house, with its long funneling approach. The master suite is separated from the primary living space for privacy and views. Adjacent to the master suite on the second level is a rooftop deck which doubles as a summer sleeping porch.
Exterior materials are chosen for their natural colors, and simple repetitive patterns. The roof is finished with standing seam metal intended to reduce heat gain without creating added glare. Windows are clad on the exterior to match the roof.
Each space has an orienting or primary design element, backed up by a series of supporting elements. For example, the living room has a large offset pivot door which, when in the closed position, blends in with the adjacent wall surface and forms a backdrop for the fireplace. When open, a television is revealed.
The house is about 2,400 square feet with the single car garage. The footprint on the landscape is minimal. The fir beams of the shed roof structure are all reclaimed from a regional source, as are the railing posts, work bar, and dining table. Careful orientation and placement of windows help passively control sunlight throughout the day.