The River Bank House receives quite a lot of summer sun, which is partially mitigated by solar orientation and also by a large roof over the living room that provides shading to areas comprised of a large amount of glass. But winters in Montana are also severe. To provide for both weather extremes without excessive mechanical intervention, geothermal pumps were installed to use heat from the earth’s core to provide warmth, which combined with superior insulation keeps the energy footprint of this enviable residence to an absolute minimum.
A towering outdoor fireplace adds to the warm atmosphere and allows entertainment even when the chill sets in. Well-known for their prefabricated homes and overall attention to building in harmony with the earth, Balance Associates Architects have made at least one family happy with this cozy mountain abode.