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Knighthawk Lodge, Montana / Cushing Terrell

Knighthawk Lodge, Montana / Cushing Terrell

Project: Knighthawk Lodge
Architecture: Cushing Terrell
Team: David Koel (Principal in Charge, Design Lead), Fran Quiram (Project Manager), Bryan Topp (Architectural), Ryan Markuson (Architectural), Zach Diede (Structural), Wes Baumgartner (Landscape)
Contractor: Gallatin Construction, Inc.
Interior Designer and Lighting: Ronda Drivers Interiors
Landscape: Cushing Terrell
Structural Engineer: Cushing Terrell
Geotechnical Engineer: Slopeside Engineering
Location: Polson, Montana, United States
Photo Credits: Rebecca Stumpf

This project was driven almost exclusively by the goal to orient each of the living spaces toward views of Flathead Lake. The dynamic site is both deep and steep with three tiers of land that transition from the road down to the lake. With the home situated closest to the water, the design team came up with variations of the floor plan to maximize the width of the building, while ensuring the primary living spaces are at the center facing directly west while the other spaces are rotated around it, pivoted at angles to capitalize on views out toward the different directions.

Knighthawk Lodge, Montana / Cushing Terrell

“It became a study of where the best views are from those different areas on the site and in which tier they should be situated,” says Design Director David Koel.

Owners and guests utilize a driveway that bends around a separate two-bedroom guest house and toy barn. A connector link between the main body of the house and another guest space serves as a grand entry that also looks out onto the lake. The informal flow of the home with guests coming in through the kitchen and living areas and out to a courtyard on the water makes for a welcoming experience.

Knighthawk Lodge, Montana / Cushing Terrell

The character of the design took inspiration from wooden hay storage structures that feature broad overhangs and are found in rural Montana. For this home, overhangs come out eight feet and tie back into the main truss structure. This creates cover and maximizes shade on the west side to enhance outdoor dining and relaxing.

Products Knighthawk Lodge
Metal Sales – Standing Seam Metal Roof
Owens Corning – Woodcrest Shingles – Asphalt Shingle Roof System
Sierra Pacific Windows – Aluminum Clad Wood Windows
Montana Rockworks – Moose Mountain – Natural Stone Veneer
Modern Steel Doors – Offset Pivot Door

Knighthawk Lodge, Montana / Cushing Terrell

fireplace, living room, Cushing Terrell

living area, Cushing Terrell

bedroom, Cushing Terrell

bedroom, Cushing Terrell

outdoor, patio, Cushing Terrell


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