2024 Homestead Magazine


Homestead Magazine


Architectural Connections

Contemporary components of steel and glass were used in this passage to connect the reclaimed stone building to newer construction in the rest of the house.

JLF Architects

Big-D Signature

Landscape Design
Verdone Landscape Architects

Story By
Seabring Davis
Photos By
Audrey Hall

For four decades JLF Architects has been creating connections through architecture. Connections to place and history, to people and the landscape. The impact of timeless design is what makes The Creamery, a house on the Snake River Ranch, so distinct.
“Our philosophy is making contemporary spaces with reclaimed materials—the parts and pieces of old buildings,” says partner and design principal Paul Bertelli.

Since the firm was founded in 1979, Bertelli and his partners have been known to occasionally drive around the country searching for old, neglected—and beautiful—architecture, such as dilapidated barns and cabins, stone structures, even old fencing. JLF pioneered the use of those recycled components in their designs.

This home incorporates stone from a forgotten 1890s dairy barn in Montana. The stone creamery was dismantled, moved piece by piece, and reconstructed in Wyoming. Built on a property that was once part of a large homestead ranch, the architectural language of the house honors that pastoral link. Combining rustic stone and reclaimed wood with refined style, the owners found a way to re-imagine a home on the range.

Utilizing the ruins of an early 1890s limestone creamery, JLF Architects reconstructed the structure stone by stone as a new home near Jackson.

The reclaimed stone was incorporated in the living, dining and kitchen spaces, all reassembled in original form. Adding personal touches, the owners folded rustic furnishings with comfortable current pieces into the interior design throughout the home. Antiques pepper the living spaces, including a French refectory table and Chippendale chairs to anchor the dining room.

The home represents the owners’ personal connection to the land, as well as an example of what has become a JLF Architects signature: the melding of old and new elements into contemporary architecture. Partner Logan Leachman credits JLF’s philosophy of working hand in hand with construction company Big-D Signature, trusted artisans and craftspeople.

Inside, a French refectory table and Chippendale chairs add a touch of refinement to the rustic materials of the home.

“A design-build approach has allowed our team to look at the design of each structure holistically to create continuity and quality within architecture,” explains Leachman.

The Creamery is evidence that dedication to building timeless structures rooted in integrity and elegance shows best when natural materials, inspired design and an ethos that stems from a unity of nature, beauty, balance and imagination all come together.