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Big Sky Journal: The New Montana Cabin: Contemporary Approaches to the Traditional Western Retreat
Synopses & Reviews
Cozy. Private. Personal. Simple.
Ever since the days of the wild frontier, its been impossible to imagine the West without its cabins. Born from a basic need for shelter, this simple, utilitarian standby has gradually evolved into something quite unique in American architecture. Rustic refuge or personal canvas, mountain retreat or green statement, the new cabin accommodates almost every imaginable style and visual vocabulary. Its a design revolution, and Montana is at its epicenter.
From Seabring Davis, editor of Big Sky Journal and one of the foremost lifestyles and living” authors in the West, comes this illuminating reconsideration of an essential American icon.
Book News Annotation:
Davis is an award-winning journalist, based in Livingston, Montana. The editor of Big Sky Journal and Western Art & Architecture, she has written about trends in architecture around the Rocky Mountain West for the past decade. In this text she explores a variety of ways in which the concept of "cabin" has been developed in several recent projects in Montana. Ranging from log mansions to micro cabins, and traditional to contemporary styles and materials, the text features 14 structures illustrated with some 100 full-color photographs sure to inspire general readers who dream of one day having a cabin of their own. No subject index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The traditional dream cabin meets the twenty-first century. There is a new style of architectural design emerging in the West, one that taps the spirit of history even while keeping an eye toward the future. Its an aesthetic that integrates a homestead heritage with sustainable living, luxury with logic, pleasure with pragmatism. The ideas might be applied to a historic train depot that is converted to an urban-inspired living space, a farmstead reclaimed as a family retreat or a new sod-roof home constructed of salvaged and recycled woods. Its one part rustic, one part recycled and all parts refined style to assuage the yearning for nature, open space and the need to own a piece of it, if only for a little while.
A Cabin in the Woods
Its an essential part of the American dream: a secluded, rustic retreat. A trout stream, a big view, and a cabin to anchor the vision. From the vacation lodge of an avid fly-fisherman to the home of an esteemed interior designer, from recycled timber to stacked stone, come spend some time inside this extraordinary array of private sanctums.
Equal parts photo essay, lyrical profile, and resource guide, Big Sky Journal: The New Montana Cabin is as beautiful as it is practical—not unlike the homes it celebrates.
About the Author
Seabring Davis is the editor of the award-winning magazine Big Sky Journal. She is the author of A Montana Table: Recipes from Chico Hot Springs Resort and Insiders Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. She lives in Livingston, Montana.
Table of Contents
(1) Natural Contour: Frank Lloyd Wright influences in a remote canyon (2) Reframing the West: Sustainable materials in an award-winning mountain home (3) Intentionally Irrelevant: The outside is brought indoors with this simple design. (4) Found Montana: Reclaiming a contemporary getaway (5) Revering the Ranch: Modern luxury in the Grasshopper Valley (6) The Augusta Depot Lives Again: Refurbishing a train station (7) Homestead History: Historical roots in the shadow of the Rockies. (8) Urban Renewal: An interior designer incorporates recycled materials into a funky new Victorian (9) Stepped Up: A prairie home built into a hillside in Gallatin Valley (10) Fitting In: A new rustic modern home within a historic neighborhood
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