A Midwest couple builds a log home that reflects their love of the outdoors and the Big Sky setting they chose for their retirement.
Photos Courtesy Alpine Log Homes
© Roger Wade
Several years ago, Ron and Sue traveled west from their home in the Midwest. It wasn't a vacation or a business trip. Rather, they embarked on a shopping trip of sorts. They were in search for a place to retire to.
Ron and Sue visited Whitefish, Montana, and the adjacent Big Mountain Ski Resort with the idea of building a new life there. Was it the place? Was it a place their children and grandchildren would enjoy visiting?
There was no doubt," Ron says. "Having our home up on the mountain, we are only about 20 minutes from town but it feels as if we are living in a virtual wilderness.
We have the best of both worlds: all the amenities of living near a small, charming Western town ? restaurants, shopping, golf, the lake ? yet we live only minutes from the ski lifts. And deer and elk wander through the yard almost daily."
When it came to home design, Ron and Sue wanted to focus on their mutual love for the outdoors and also emphasize the home's natural surroundings.