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Big Sky Meadow

Brett Evje approached Mark shortly after purchasing this older, Kit Cabin in Big Sky, Montana. The cabin was one of the first structures in the "meadow" and now sits at the 9th hole of the golf course. Mark and Brett worked together over several years and different phases to reach this final product. The original cabin, now covered in round log slabs, still sits on its original foundation. The additions, which are clad in rock and vertical boards, have been built over new basement foundations.

At the time of construction Brett owned a stone mason company; this allowed Mark to design in large amounts of spectacular stone and still stayed within budget. The new design increased the heated square footage by nearly three times, which transformed the structure from a tight, little cabin into a home large enough to house a family comfortably.

before and after
Before- Livingston Rib and Chop House
Livingston Rib and Chop House

As a contractor, I have worked with many architects. When it was time to do my own home Mark was an easy choice for selection as my architect. His practical knowledge about construction is something that is not commonly found when using a designer. This breeds respect on jobsites and make the process of building a home much simpler.

My project was also unique because it was a remodel. I had many ideas of what I wanted and Mark built upon those ideas to refine what I had envisioned, instead of discarding them for his own ideas. This proved his flexibility as an architect and willingness to incorporate design ideas that may or may not be his favorite. I have not seen many architects willing to take that risk. He is one of the top in his field in my opinion.

Brett Evje,
February 2007