If you ask Paul Larson whether he has a favorite room or feature in his Kalispell, Mont., cabin, he’ll tell you yes, definitely. “I love the big patio door in the living room,” he says, referencing the three-panel glass door that opens onto the wraparound porch. “And the loft bedroom,” he continues. “And the porch too, of course. And the kitchen. Oh, and the radiant floor heat!”

The two-story house features horizontal wood grain stained in a subtle rusty red, which melds the house into the landscape and brings it forward visually. An all-glass entry welcomes you as you come up the walk. A handmade, undyed wool rug, chosen by the team at Hunter and Company Interior Design in Whitefish, makes the entry cozy. The foyer was designed with a strategically placed art wall to keep you in suspense of the view that waits just around the corner.

When the principals first began planning their approach to this Rocky Mountain Modern lakeside retreat, their original goal was to simply clean up and remodel the original home to “improve its flow and functionality,” according to Jason Gerbozy of J. Martin Builders. “But then the plans got pretty elaborate. We discovered some engineering issues and ultimately concluded that it would be safer and more efficient to tear down the house and rebuild. That decision led to our playing with a lot of ‘what ifs.’ For example, we discovered the original house was built on two lots. What if we were to build two houses instead of just one?”