The Shelden’s Judith Mountain Cabin

June 2nd, 2010

I don’t believe architectural beauties in Montana and Idaho get enough credit. This particular cabin is owned by my good friend Ian Matteson’s family friends Jeff & Lois Sheldon. It came to fruition in 1993 when their neighbor deeded 113 acres of land to the Sheldon’s for $2.

A small cabin was already on the land, but at the base of the canyon. The new cabin was to be built further up the mountain to feel as if it was a lookout. I’ve been to quite a few lookouts growing up and I would agree that they are quite amazing—scary at times, but nevertheless amazing.

The cabin is powered by two fifty-watt photovoltaic panels that provide direct power to outlets, lights and the well pump. They also power things like a stereo, running water in the sink and even a wood-fired hot tub.

Photos by Lois Shelden.


Posted by on 06/2/10 in Architecture

18 COMMENTS   »  Leave your Comment

  1. Lyle Hebel says:

    Wow! Truly a cool space. You should check out Intrinsik Architecture located in Bozeman, Montana. They have done some really great projects in Montana. This is one of my favorites


  2. Brett Allen says:

    This place is such a truly amazing and original place, I visited the cabin 2 winters ago with Ian and our good friend Joey, after a short hike in it was amazing to see this creation on the hill in front of you! We stayed there for a night and it has not escaped my mind ever since. One of the best touches is the skylight at the top point of the roof which is great for staring deep into space. Thanks Lois and Jeff for letting us stay!

  3. Ian Houghton says:

    It’s like a lonely watchtower, absolutely stunning. I love the stone walls and the wood stove. Nothing like a wood stove to keep you warm and cosy in winter.

  4. William Lockman says:

    I’am very much intrested in the Shelden cabin that was designed as a fire tower. I was wondering where I can get or buy blue prints so I can use this a a second home on my land in Tennessee. can you please email me with the above stated email. thankyou

  5. Ken says:

    I was able to purchase the plans from Jeff

  6. Shelby White says:

    @Ken, That’s awesome! Such an amazing cabin.

  7. chris says:

    I was wondering if you are willing to disuss ideas about building this type of cabin as my wife and I are starting a similar project this spring. Thanks Chris

  8. Mareta Elisaia says:

    I’m interested in the floor plans for this outstanding cabin. It is beautiful.

  9. Russell says:

    as everyone else I too am interested in the plans. How can I get a set.

  10. James says:

    Do yo no where I can purchase the plans

  11. James says:

    Do yo know where I can purchase a set of the plans?

  12. Debbie Sedberry says:

    I would love to get a copy of the plans for Shelden’s Judith Mountain Home. Please get in touch and let me know what’s needed to do so? I have some land on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee and this would make a perfect home for me. I’m so ready to downsize. My email is strider2253@hotmail.

  13. It looks like the base/foundation is similar to this cabin-like plan:

  14. Rebecca Bailey says:

    Hi, no one has posted here for a few years…
    Like the others before, I’m interested in finding out if plans for this are available for purchase?
    Thank you!

  15. Michael Kräuter says:

    Dear guys,

    I am alos interested to get the plans? Any idea?


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