A flowing pathway of stone reflects the historical inspiration for the house.

As the white blanket of winter begins rolling back, revealing soil and stone, the opportunity emerges to visually and physically reground ourselves in place. Sequentially oriented, we often design with an unfolding narrative in mind and the walkways we create become the contextual cues connecting structural vignettes. Too often in life, we race between destinations and events, a frantic pace that can make the mere act of walking between buildings a meditative interlude. By letting yourself follow a flagstone path, you may find some semblance of peace and quiet, if only for a moment.


A custom ranch home rises from the stone relics of long-gone walls, set along the Gros Ventre River in Jackson Hole. Referencing these rocky roots, we connected each living space through a flowing pathway of stone—a graceful route at once functional and symbolic.


A walk back in time: A creamery—built by the Hutterites in the 1880s in central Montana, relocated stone by stone and reborn as a family retreat—channels history at every turn. Within this rich context, we planted a series of walkways linking the historic structures, as carefully crafted as the stone walls themselves.


A walk to remember: just as the dining room hovers above a natural creek, so too does the pathway connecting the main cabin and cottage. Winter finds the waterway hushed with ice, while summer cues a babbling chorus—all audible from inside the charming guest quarters.

ABOUT JLF ARCHITECTS: Building timeless structures rooted in eloquence and elegance, Jackson- and Bozeman-based JLF Architects sources authentic materials and regional solutions to create place-based houses reflective of their contexts, whether that be the Rocky Mountains or the Eastern Seaboard. Our award-winning portfolio features inspired custom designs achieved through a genuine alliance with Big-D Signature, built over 17 years of collaboration. Our streamlined process unites passionate architects with dedicated builders to enable the collective imagination of visionary artisans working with visionary clients. For more information, visit www.JLFArchitects.com.
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