Big Springs at Northstar-10

"Outstanding Achievement" 2007 Mountain Home Award - read article

"As a couple, we, like many, are similar and different. My husband is practical, traditional and focused. I am creative, more risk oriented and flexible. MWA listened carefully to our ideas, our architectural style preferences and to our lifestyle needs. They guided us regarding realistic expectations for our project. Kristi combines rare creativity and practical management skills. She knows when to lead and when to step back and listen." - owner

This mountain modern home mashed Tahoe lodge style with Truckee industrial history and threw in some Frank Lloyd Wright influence for good measure.

The result is something unique yet comfortable that fits the site perched atop the mountain at Northstar with panoramic views of Martis Valley below. One of the main functional objectives was to bring large amounts of natural sun light into the home which is accomplished with high clerestory windows, sky lights, and a large window wall with wood and steel stair floating in front.

Style:Mountain Modern or Contemporary
Architect:Kristi Thompson - MWA, Inc.
Structural Engineer:Gabbart & Woods
Builder:Gerald Meng, Meng Construction
Landscape Designer:Nick Williams and Associates, and Rare Earth Landscaping Construction
Interior Designer:MWA, Inc, Jean Morell, and Owner
Photographer:Ed Asmus
Lighting Design:Light + Space
Square Feet:5,700

It is with great pleasure that I recommend you for your wonderful skills as a designer, architect, and job supervisor. When I hired MWA as my architectural and design firm for my residential remodel in Nevada City, California, I couldn’t believe how efficient your company was in both guiding the project to a very quick permitting process, but more importantly a superb design concept. Working with you and Kurt Reinkens was a total gift for me. First of all, our many meetings were so efficiently handled from both the detail of setting the agendas, to your suggestions, notes, photos, and summaries of the sessions by the next day. Your talents and skillsets really kept the design process right on track! Also, I was amazed at your computer and internet shopping skills regarding all of the many choices such as Fergusons lighting, appliances, Kitchen and bath fixtures, granite choices, etc. In every case you made my shopping (and I really don’t like to shop much) efficient and rewarding. You not only designed our work flow charts accurately but you made the difference in
keeping us stress free on the timeline you created for the job. What a pleasure working with a very smart and together professional!

Love to you, and thanks for truly making my mega remodel come out so beautifully.

Jeff Leiter