Beauty Beyond Words: Lakeside Cabin

A Luxurious Lakeside Cabin Perfect For A Romantic Vacation


Who doesn’t want a lavishly furnished and spacious home right in the heart of nature?  This stunning cabin is located in Montana and comes with Georgetown Lake serving as its picturesque backdrop. The cabin has everything any cabin-lover could possibly think of, including a very interesting owner-architect wager.  Read the story, then check out the gallery below!


Architect Reid Smith has a friendly bet going these days with Wayne Hale: Which one of them will be the first to haul in a trout from Georgetown Lake with a cast from Wayne’s deck.

With the right rod, Smith thinks the lake may be close enough. Wayne doubts it. But even if neither of them collects on the wager, the lake below Wayne’s mountain property provides a spectacular focal point for the stunning timber home, and access to it was a key feature of the home’s design.

The finished house has roughly 5,000 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms, an office, an exercise room and a game room. It was completed in 2010 after 15 months of construction under the direction of builder Peter Lee of Teton Heritage Builders in Gallatin Gateway, Montana.

The house has two levels. Smith located the great room, kitchen and master suite on the upper level, and placed the other bedrooms and recreation space on the lower level. The long axis of the house runs east to west, giving the great room and master suite sunny southern views toward the lake. A door from the kitchen leads to an outdoor deck with its own fireplace and grill area. “The relationship to the kitchen is key,” Smith says.

A fireplace anchors one end of the great room, and Smith balanced that in the kitchen with a large range hood at the end of the room.

To keep the home protected from the harsh Montana winters, the house is insulated with a combination of spray polyurethane foam and fiberglass, and to keep it comfortable Lee installed a ground-source heat pump. Heat is distributed by radiant tubing in the floors, while ducts carry cool air for air conditioning.


The effort paid off for the owners as well. “We really enjoy it,” Wayne says.




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