The Wall Street Journal - House of the Year

The Belz Chateau

Big Sky, Montana Architecture Photographer

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by The Wall Street Journal to photograph the House of the Year. In the contest, readers vote on their favorite homes from among the winners of the year's previous House of the Week polls.  Over 40,000 people voted for the house of the year and The Belz Chateau up in Moonlight Basin was crowned the winner.   See article here.  This house is grand, elegant, has incredible architecture, and amazing views.

The Belz family took 4 years to build this estate which includes ski access, grand bedrooms, 17 fireplaces, a full gym with sauna and steam shower, game room, theater, and wine and cigar rooms.  Marty and Julie worked closely with Telluride-based Suzanne Dahl of architectural design firm Black Diamond Partners to help realize their vision.  The spiral staircase is probably my favorite - it is a piece of art in itself!

I got to know the family a little bit during the day of shooting.  Julie and Marty Belz are incredibly welcoming and charming.  Wonderful family and incredible home!

This amazing wine cellar / cigar room is just off the main floor bar and has ventilation in the ceitling for cigar smoke.  

This amazing wine cellar / cigar room is just off the main floor bar and has ventilation in the ceitling for cigar smoke.  

This home is all about luxury!  The decor and furnishings in all the bedrooms show a sense of elegance.

This home is all about luxury!  The decor and furnishings in all the bedrooms show a sense of elegance.

This junior guest suite bathroom is stunning with the mirrors, custom vanity, and glass shelving.

This junior guest suite bathroom is stunning with the mirrors, custom vanity, and glass shelving.

The master bedroom is a great place to relax with the tall, vaulted ceilings and grand fireplace.

The master bedroom is a great place to relax with the tall, vaulted ceilings and grand fireplace.

This home has no shortage of amazing views!

This home has no shortage of amazing views!

Just off the master bath and bedroom is this amazing closet with wrap around storage and full length mirrors.

Just off the master bath and bedroom is this amazing closet with wrap around storage and full length mirrors.

The walls of views in this breezeway are nothing short of spectacular.

The walls of views in this breezeway are nothing short of spectacular.

This creative bunkroom has several hidden beds and easily sleeps eight.

This creative bunkroom has several hidden beds and easily sleeps eight.

I really love the the bright, clean look of this farm style guest bathroom.

I really love the the bright, clean look of this farm style guest bathroom.

This home has a private ski-way for quick access to the slopes.

This home has a private ski-way for quick access to the slopes.

What's a ski home without a recreation room?

What's a ski home without a recreation room?

This staircase is a piece of art in itself!!

This staircase is a piece of art in itself!!

Like I said... art.

Like I said... art.

The classic library has it's own private deck and looks out over the great room.

The classic library has it's own private deck and looks out over the great room.

Huge work out room and steam shower with walk out access to the hot tub.

Huge work out room and steam shower with walk out access to the hot tub.

This is the view as you come up the driveway - pretty spectacular!

This is the view as you come up the driveway - pretty spectacular!

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