Montana Land Buyer Realty
Early Spring

Early Spring

Here is a good view of our front yard. Plots supported by log cut offs, native rock from the land, wild native plants such as Rose Hips, Yarrow, St. Johnswort, Service Berry, wild Echinacia,  and more. You can see one of the hop houses and yurt style shelter for some domestic crops. Fence keeps the deer out. 
Garden Landscape Design

Garden Landscape Design





Native Landscape Design

Native Landscape Design

Most of us who purchase vacant rural land, are inspired to build a home for recreation use or as a living homestead. Back in the 1980's Marian and I lived at 8,000 feet elevation, off grid, and created a self relient Colorado homestead that fit our needs. We later moved to Montana and developed another Alpine homestead, this one at 5,800 feet. We eventually moved down into the valley over looking the Yellowstone River on a "bench", on the high desert plains, where the wind blows often and winters are long and summers short. After 20 years we have created a landscape full of native plants, garden crops, wild and domesticated herbs. This web page is dedicated to share some ideas and information with new land owners especially those who live in mountainous regions. 


I will be adding to this space with discussion about envissioning property ownership as a small way towards self sefficency and beign a steward of the land. Creating your property into an oasis of usable vegetation for self use and the native animal life. 
Beginning of  October 2020

Beginning of October 2020


Small House Plans

Small House Plans

Here's some house plan ideas where if you look at them you can get the idea of starting with a plan that makes additions easy to do. Great way to build something to go to while you have your land. Starting small with a cottage (vacation getaway) that can turn into a house as time goes on. These plans I have keep throug the years are log cabin plans and an adobe style house. The small home plans afford people with a slim budget to be able to "build when you can with the $$$ you have. It's a rewarding challange to build your own home. There is plenty of "how to" material available to go through in terms of building. Also, for a small fee Snowbird Homes and Land, Inc. was a general contractor business for 8 years. I built mostly spec homes (some custom homes for clients, too) and have over 30 years experience with building homes as well as several of my own family homes. The spec homes where samll (1600-2200 sq ft) with the add on concept that I previously mentioned.  Call Jim 406 220-1563





Sandbag Homes

Sandbag Homes

I took a workshop with Cal Earth (calearth.org) several years ago and saw the beautiful sculptured homes built with sandbags, coarse soil a little bit of portland cement and barbed wire. Easy to do, labor intensive but inexpensive. They did domed homes for strength and have stamped plans you can purchase that were approved buy the locale county. Check their web site for more of the story. Also, if you google sandbag homes, you see other structures that aren't domes. 







Late Spring 2020

Late Spring 2020