Location

Billings, Montana

Client

Billings Townhouses, L.L.P.

Size

3,250 square feet

Completed

2005

Project Highlights

Revitalization, residential in-fill project (rendering credit: Jim Collins)

Description

With a seemingly idyllic location, Skyline Court, Urban Townhomes, is situated between the medical corridor and downtown Billings, around the corner from a grocery store and pharmacy, and a mere block away from Dehler Park (the former, Cobb Field). The 5 townhome development, the first phase of the Skyline Court, was built by Tom Towe and Court Ball with design and inspiration from High Plains Architects. The original plan accounts for development of as many as 44 townhouses on the property. The townhouses vary somewhat in size and layout, but all of them have three floors of living space and 4th floor roof-decks. These private, signature decks overlook downtown Billings and have a spectacular, southern view of the Beartooth Mountains.

The general design layout for each of the townhouses includes garage entrances on the street or alley, with walk-in entrances facing one another across a secure, fenced-in central courtyard. Each townhouse unit has 2½ baths; with a one- or two-car garage and family room on the ground floor; kitchen, dining and living rooms on the second floor; and two bedrooms on the third.

In addition to being a downtown urban infill project, the Skyline Townhouses take advantage of a few sustainable building features. They utilize structurally insulated panels that provide not only the structure for the homes, but also a tight thermal envelope with an R-value of up to 24. This combined with radiant floor heating produces a warm and comfortable atmosphere in the winter months. The narrow floor plate and tall ceilings provide the perfect condition for both cross and stack ventilation of the townhouses when cooling is needed.
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