James Bar

Originally commissioned to build the first James Bar in 2007 Scariano Construction is proud of the relationship forged over the years with the owners. We frequently do maintenance work at James Bar and Al’s and Vic’s and we were excited to help with redesign of the James Bar in 2019. One of the initial goals was to make James Bar unlike any place in Missoula. This popular Missoula hangout boasts reclaimed wood trusses and ceilings, hardwood floors, abundant use of locally sourced fir, south facing garden windows, ceramic tile, large format vintage photos of musicians and warm, discreet uplighting. For 2020 James Bar saw a horseshoe bar design enhancing the customer experience, the use of green walls, and elevated seating.

The Woody Building

In this update of a pre-WWII building, we created modern, professional offices in a former bar and boxing gym. Our work included hand-chiseled plaster that exposed the original brick, a conference area built from salvaged timber, etched glass sliding doors, and ornamental iron hardware. After removing three layers of flooring, we restored the original fir flooring and added custom millwork and doors.

Missoula Bicycle Works

This was a large-scale, award-winning renovation of the historic Sprouse-Reitz Building, with a carefully designed site plan that will accommodate future growth. We opened the space to maximize retail displays, used halogen fixtures to brightly light the bike repair area, and maintained interest by using a variety of colors and materials throughout. The front desk details are perfect for a modern bicycle shop, including acorn cap nuts just like those found on bicycles.

The H.O. Bell Building

This 1930s former Ford dealership and auto repair shop was converted into office space and condominiums, exemplifying the loft living/urban infill trend popular across the country. The space features sandblasted concrete exterior walls and many salvaged materials. We were able to achieve LEED energy standards to ensure a highly efficient building.

The Johnston Building

For this complete demolition and rebuild of a commercial space in a high-traffic area of Missoula, we supplied water to the adjacent property in exchange for windows on the east side of the building, allowing for fabulous views of the Missoula Valley. The building features tumbled brick, historic mouldings, and flooring salvaged from Bigfork, MT. This project won statewide historic awards, and matches the surrounding neighborhood so well that many people feel that they “remember” the building from an earlier time. The Johnston Building is now home to Meadowsweet Herbs, Ewam Buddhist Institute, and the Green Path Herb School.

The Runners Edge

The owners of this nationally recognized running store are repeat clients who turned to Scariano Construction when the store grew into a larger downtown location. We collaborated with them to design a fresh, open and inviting retail space and executed the remodel on a strict deadline. Custom reclaimed shelving and corrugated metal panels coexist with modern retail displays. A large gym area on the basement level serves as home to Run Wild Missoula, the local running club.

Brick Bungalow

After using this home as an investment property for a number of years the owner decided to refurbish and move in. Years of abuse by tenants required extensive work. Modern lifestyle and family demands required more bath and kitchen space. The owner is an avid baker and chose to make her kitchen a place of utility and warmth. Previously unusable attic space was converted into loft space for overflow guests. Hammocks were strategically hung so loungers could take in views of Missoula from the skylights. Professionally designed and decorated this inviting space has truly become a home for the owner.