Reflecting the eclectic and industrial nature of Bozeman’s north side, this over-the-garage apartment by Constructive Solutions, Inc. is the first phase of a larger project. Although destined to act as garage and rental apartment for a main residence, this self-contained unit stands on its own as a small residence well suited to the Montana lifestyle. While the owner’s next phase is several years away, this first phase has been designed to be ready to expand with minimal modifications.
All the exterior materials are designed to be maintenance free, adn the interiors are comfortable and durable. The charred wood (Shou-Sugi-Ban) siding on the exterior will lighten slightly as it ages and patinas, while the charring process seals and protects the wood. The base of custom cast concrete panels provides added protection at the ground level, and the brick and steel accents round out a palette that feels right at home in this Northside neighborhood. The home’s heating and hot water are supplied by a geothermal heat pump utilizing two wells on site, which will ultimately serve the entire future house. The interior stained concrete flooring provides a durable and colorful flooring solutions, and the roof deck offers great outdoor space on an otherwise limited lot.