Dubbed the Headwaters Camp, this home sits on 22-acres, nestled in the forest between two meandering creeks and four ponds. Would you want to live in a place like this?
The cabin-like home is a collaboration between builders Highline Partners of Big Sky, Bozeman’s Dan Joseph Architects and green building consultants Kath Williams + Associates.
For the Headwaters Camp, trees from the property were used for interior trim and the roof over the car port. A grey water reclamation system stores water from bathroom sinks and showers and reuses it for drip irrigation and toilet flushing, while a three-kilowatt passive solar panel system ties in to the electrical grid.
Designed to mimic an alpine wetland, water is circulated through the ponds, connecting streams and small waterfalls, then brought into the house through a ground source pump system; the ponds are enough to heat additional structures built on the property in the future.
Upon entering the Headwaters Camp, it’s apparent that the welcoming design creates the cozy, intimate atmosphere of a cherished family camp. Flagstones are interspersed throughout the reclaimed fir floor, while hand-peeled logs frame the vaulted ceiling.
Reclaimed materials are integrated throughout the design — from the old railroad spikes used as coat racks to the antique, faded green hutch that was modified to become part of the kitchen cabinetry.
The open kitchen, living area and small dining nook provide plenty of room for entertaining, even allowing room for a pool table and a small home office beneath the staircase. The east wall of the cabin, nearly all windows, overlooks the spacious deck that feeds directly into the largest pond.
The master bedroom is like a small cabin itself. A high, steep-pitched ceiling and barnwood walls give way to a set of windows and a door that are steps away from the creek, close enough to hear with the windows open. Highlights of the master bath include a shower with a river rock drain and a large boulder that sits within.
A stunning handmade antler staircase built by Secora’s Deadwood Creations in Gallatin Gateway leads to the loft area. Two twin beds house the older boys, while an antique gate leads to another sleeping area, leaving plenty of room to play or read a book on the comfortable sitting area beneath a wall of small windows.
Outside, the landscape evokes a sense of history grounded in the West, from the old growth trees and the hand-built log corral to a replica of an old Forest Service bridge that crosses the stream.
A series of horse paths wind throughout the property, connecting to trails that lead to Cedar Mountain and the nearby wilderness. Clearly, Headwaters Camp functions exactly as it was imagined.