Beautiful Homes

The world is a beautiful place.  The sun comes up, the weather envelops us and the seasons slowly progress.  One often feels most alive when paying attention to and interacting with the natural world.  You should also experience delight and satisfaction in your house every day.  A well designed home by Montana Energy+Design will provide you with a direct connection to this good earth as well as enjoyment, comfort, ease of use, and a sense of security.


Suce Creek House:  Design & Construction by Jim Baerg


 Seattle Children's Playgarden,  Schematic design by Jim Baerg



Chinese style Solar Greenhouse

 Imagine, as a market gardener, growing fresh, organic food all year in Montana without any fossil fuels. Tomatoes into November and December, new greens starting in February. These off season crops offer higher profit margins because the alternative for consumers is the tired produce in the grocery stores.

The Chinese started developing solar greenhouses in the 1970's and now have over 3 million acres of them.  Their mature design grows vegetables year-round and is energy self sufficient up to the 42nd parallel.

We are currently working with a Montana market gardener to build a commercial solar greenhouse next year. Our goals are to use the Chinese model and proportions but adapt to our local materials and building practices.  We know that the building will have to perform well, but also be inexpensive enough to make the economics work.

Please call or write if you have interest in a similar project.




Jim Baerg Montana Energy+Design
223 S. 5th St.
Livingston, MT 59047