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Location: Bigfork, Mont.
The Skinny: On the exterior, this 2003 house looks a little worse for wear. Peeling paint, worn wood, and a mishmash of styles suggest the lake-side life has been hard over the past seven years. Turns out crafty architect Larry Pearson designed and built the compound using reclaimed wood and a casual philosophy. Nestled between Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park, The Rookery reveals its true self—and some sumptuous staging— inside, where fresh beadboard meets painted stumps, and whole eggs are fried up. Ok, so the staging is a little over-the-top, but the stealthy luxury of this lake retreat probably didn't need it anyway. A case in point, the long breezeway looks ripped from a century-old Adirondack getaway, but, yep, it's got heated floors.
· The Rookery [Sotheby's]
· Pearson Design Group [official site]