A Timber Frame Fire Tower


Do the wide-open spaces of western Montana appeal to you? Wait until you see this beautiful timber frame fire tower a lovely couple calls home! Resting on a mountain ridge, at a height of 1,400 feet, the impressive building will surely become your favorite by far. Architect Scott Elden together with the owner of Centennial Timber Frames, Mike Koness, took on the challenge of designing and raising this 3-story home. The initial project was unusual but implementing it with the amazing result you can see in the pictures is definitely worth the while. The fir timbers are reinforced with steel brackets and X-cross beams. The effort to make the build secure went even 20 feet below the surface, where the beams were secured to the rock foundation. Besides the breathtaking views of the surrounding trees, water and miles and miles of blue skies, you can also spend quality time relaxing on the 6-foot-wide wrap-around catwalk as well as the deck available on the second level. Here, the owners used 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood to save some costs. The practice is extended throughout the home with pieces of furniture already owned, like the built-in cabinets or the pull-out bed sofa. Take a virtual tour of the place so that you too can fall in love with it.





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