The award-winning architect, George Suyama, describes his first visit to the site of the future One and Done Ranch as a blunt encounter with the vast space and eye-stretching tableau of sky, water and mountain. The goal that emerged from that encounter was to create a sense of sanctuary that was at once sheltered from the immensity of landscape yet connected to it so that the full kaleidoscope of nature enters the home, seizes the senses, and dissolves the separation of viewer and viewed. With the completion of the main home at One and Done, he has unquestionably accomplished this vision.
The approach to the home was designed by Mr. Suyama to create a hierarchy of experiences. Sweeping through the open Ruby River landscape, you will exit your vehicle and enter the rear of the house, immediately paring down the visual vastness. Compared to a moat, the home’s opening movement is an enclosed breezeway in which one briefly inters the senses, much like the dimming of house lights before an orchestral triumph. Passing through, rather than over, this proverbial drawbridge, one briefly reemerges into a courtyard open to sky and light. This overture offers a refined outdoor dining area complete with a fire cauldron, adjacent gardens and patio entrance to guest quarters, but the finale is to come.
The main entrance offers large architecturally designed double doors with an equivalent width to the breezeway to create a perfect continuity within the arrival experience. Stepping briefly beneath an atrium with powder room and seating area to one side and statement art to the other, one explodes onto a stage of light and color. Without interruption, the floor upon which you stand extends ahead to large floor to ceiling glass doors that slide seamlessly apart and continue onto the over 3,000 sq. ft. deck located mere inches above the surface of the two ponds that surround, protect and salute the viewer. Water, sky and light flood the senses and one can hardly choose where to rest the eye first.
Without effort, your gaze first crosses the water, then rambles to the verdant berms that were constructed as a mimicry of foothill closeness. Providing a perfect launch pad for the senses, these berms hide the home from view and, indeed, one can see no other structures from this vantage point. But the brilliance of the berms is not just its sheltering privacy, but also the singular way it compresses the view and brings an immediacy to the wooded ramparts of the Ruby Mountains to the west. Elsewhere in the Ruby Valley, beautiful as it is, the view wanders for large distances across the open and flat plane before rising to the heights. But here, among the lakes and berms, the eye may skip this journey and arrive with all the immediacy of a grand crescendo at the base of a grand western escarpment. The assembly of these elements so thoroughly captures, amplifies and embraces the setting that both your heart and your vision come immediately to rest without thought or effort encompassing everything and nothing in one swift moment of arrival. From the endless sunsets to thundering storm clouds, you’ll never miss a beat in the everchanging landscape.
Cashmere and jeans best describes the experience of relaxing in this master home. Completed in 2014 by Martell Builders in Bozeman, the home features three bedrooms, three bathrooms with approximately 7,000 square feet of living space and an additional 3,000 square feet of deck and porch. Totaling just over 10,000 square feet of useable area, the distinction between indoors and out is eliminated.
Overall, the home is a linear design, offering length over depth and stretching along the full shoreline of the pond in front, so that each and every space directly engages the water, sky, and mountains that define the Ruby River Valley. Starting at the north end in the master suite, this room has water on two sides as the pond features wrap around the towering floor to ceiling windows. Wake to the sound of water lapping at your bedside while reflected sparkles illuminate the surrounds. A concrete retaining wall also punctuates this end of the pond and ties the home solidly to the earth with an elegant taper as it descends from a high point adjacent to the house to meet the water’s edge. Generous walk-in closets, its own washer and dryer and clean elegant lines define this portion of the home. A blind door, virtually invisible, appears from the exterior wall like magic if privacy is desired. Above, a barely visible glass divider completes the privacy requirements of the master, yet retains the illusion of a completely open design.
Crossing the wide-oak charcoal-stained flooring into the rest of the house, there is a small private study on the left for private phone calls or other times when isolation is required. Emerging into the kitchen/bar area, the sunken presentation bar provides the host the perfect stage from which to entertain. Maintaining eye-level contact with seated guests, the bartender-host can face his or her charges while the tableau of the ponds, berms and mountains provide a living tapestry as a backdrop for conversation and re-telling the day’s adventures. The single-plank, live edge wood slab sourced from a specialty mill on Whidbey Island outside of Seattle is an organic counterpoint to the linearity and simplicity of the rest of the home’s detail.
The kitchen is also a masterwork. Elegant in its simplicity and yet offering the most demanding cook any convenience desired, it features a sweeping granite slab nearly sixteen feet long. The bush-hammered textural finish is yet another astonishing detail that one won’t see elsewhere that imparts movement and life without distracting from the grandiosity of the outdoor play of light and shadow.
A Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf four-burner propane range with grill, a Wolf steam oven for baking perfect crusty French bread plus a second Wolf convection oven, two Miele dishwashers and ample cupboard space means the chef in the house will have all the tools necessary for their greatest creations. A butler’s kitchen in back features a Carrera marble pastry table, second sink, loads of extra preparation space and a full size walk-in cooler, reducing the need for supply runs to town. A pizza oven completes the bonus features of this dream kitchen.
The wide-plank oak flooring stretches throughout the house and is heated with radiant in-floor heat with forced-air propane heat as a backup. Speaking of backups, the entire house is tied to a massive diesel generator with a buried 1,000-gallon tank, providing energy security for any unforeseen events.
After the bar/kitchen area, a large commodious seating area is arranged around a two-sided fireplace. Again, everywhere to the west are large floor-to-ceiling windows and doors and when the weather is fair, a fully open house truly makes no distinction between indoors and out. Two guest suites with ensuite baths anchor the south end of the house and share their own seating area, artfully arranged between the two rooms. A small private screened porch completes the guest quarters. For overflow bedding, a large upper gallery holds a variety of single and double beds, perfect for children and young adults.
Going outside holds its own set of surprises. A large plinth fireplace perfectly situated on the 3,000 sq. ft. of decking reads like the altar of some futuristic Greek temple, while a large 240 sq. ft. screened porch is the ideal spot to get the perfect perspective of how the home sits on the landscape. Reminiscent of a South Pacific over-the-water bungalow, this space offers complete three-season comfort, from hot-sunny afternoons when the cooling pond breeze eases the spirit to crisp autumn eves when the Rais gas fireplace warms the bones and makes a perfect accent to ripening grains under a full harvest moon.
Most of the décor and furniture is included with the purchase of the property and a list of the excluded items is available upon request. The included items feature a variety of architect and designer pieces, including a variety of shou-sugii-ban, burnt wood finished accents, abaca carpet, architecturally designed lamps, unique stools and classic deep leather armchairs.
Every design and as-built element has been meticulously documented in exhaustive manuals to ensure that future repair and modifications conform to the original architectural vision.