Who you'll work with
Alex Truitt is a second generation master builder who's focused on residential and commercial construction at northern latitudes for more than 25 years. For the last 13, he's helped families and businesses take root in Bozeman. If you've worked with him, or just know him by reputation, you know two things: 1) he's the most fastidious builder you’ve ever met, and 2) he's the most relational.
What do we mean? If the slot in the head of a screw on a light switch plate across the room isn’t perfectly vertical, he'll notice and quietly fix it. In his world, no 'i' goes undotted, no 't' goes uncrossed, and no nit goes unpicked. That kind of attention to detail could have made him a cold or distant person. But life has gifted him with a gentle patience and enduring warmth. He listens keenly to our clients' hopes and needs, and takes great care to explain their options and possibilities. His commitment to excellence and kind demeanor make him a rare pleasure to work with – not only for our clients, but also for our partners and teammates.
Alex Tenenbaum is a designer with a nose for discovering elegant solutions to complex problems. He helps our clients clarify their hopes and goals, and designs spaces around their most pressing needs.
Many of those needs can be met through structural design, though not all. In one instance, he helped a Fortune 500 Company observe and learn from elk hunters in order to grow their business. In another, he developed the guiding principles for a well-known outdoor gear maker, giving them a clearer view of their own north star so they could make decisions that were more like themselves. He listens carefully and thinks with uncommon precision. But above all, he's a bit of a goofball, and a whole lot of fun to work with. He conceives each of the homes in our collection of Limited Releases, and devises remarkable spaces for our custom clientele. We can't wait for you to meet him.
Why we exist
We love seeing people flourish in Montana. For that reason, we craft homes that help families draw closer to each other, their community, and the land. Simply put, we exist to help families take root.
What's with the name?
We're inspired by our neighbors, the Montana farmers who work harder, and in harsher conditions, than almost anywhere in the world. Their livelihood asks them to place their trust in the land beneath them, the people around them, the tools in their hands – and little else.
One of those tools is the Ploughshare, or the primary blade of a plow. It turns over the soil to let the earth breathe, bringing vital nutrients to the surface and creating space where seeds can Take Root. It's a very old implement that archaeologists date back as early as 4,000 B.C.
Before the Ploughshare, our ancestors were hunters and gatherers, nomads with no place to call home. But with its inception, people the world over began to settle down and Take Root. They suddenly found time for rest, relationships, and community. They domesticated animals and began ranching. And they invented everything we've come to know as culture – music, writing, science, mathematics, architecture, and the arts. All because of one simple tool.