“NEOCLASSICAL FARMHOUSE.” That’s how architect Brian Caldwell describes one of his latest projects, situated on 75 acres of agricultural land in the Shields Valley. Caldwell, who along with architect Erik Nelson co-owns the Bozeman firm Thinktank Design Group, was asked to design a home that took advantage of the rural parcel’s proximity to the Shields River and dramatic vistas, without diminishing either.

The result of Caldwell’s efforts is a 2,200 square foot, energy-efficient home that sits near a pond amidst cottonwood trees, with views of the Absaroka Mountains from the home’s expansive front porch. Caldwell noted that the project was awarded to Archer Construction through a competitive bid process and that, “Archer Construction brought the project in on time and on budget as a LEED certified home, without adding any additional costs to the project.”

“Best practices were utilized to exceed Energy Star compliance,” said Caldwell, adding that the recently completed home — as with all Thinktank Design Group projects — exceed Energy Star standards for thermal performance. “It’s our normal,” he said. In addition to its super efficiency, the contemporary farmhouse, said Caldwell, is “very reflective” of the homeowners’ “pattern of living,” in that their new home is part of “a functional landscape.”

The husband and wife — along with their two young children — share their place with a large friendly dog, a cat, and raise numerous chickens, goats and much of their own produce in a greenhouse and large garden, located just off the home’s kitchen.

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