Martis Camp-190

"All In the Family" - 2013 Tahoe Quarterly Legacy Award read article

- SOLAR PV: 3.5kW photovoltaic array (20)-175 Watt panels
- SOLAR THERMAL: (3)Heliodyne Flat Plate collectors w/238 gallon, dual-stage storage tank and 200 kBTU/HR backup boiler.
- GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMP: (9)-300ft deep wells with dual pumps providing both heating and cooling.
- PASSIVE SOLAR: 9% South Glazing Ratio, <3% at East & West
- Thermal Mass: Interior stonework and 1-1/2" gypcrete floors.

- Whole-house fan plus (8)-variable speed exhaust fans with occupancy sensors.
- Low VOC Cabinetry, Carpeting, and Finishes, Sealed building envelope to minimize air leakage.

- Reclaimed wood siding and flooring.

Location:Martis Camp
Style:Lodge or Cabin/ Rustic
Architect:Kristi Thompson - MWA, Inc.
Structural Engineer:Gabbart & Woods
Builder:Jeff Cotton Construction
Interior Designer:Sally Ward
Photographer:Vance Fox
Mechanical Engineering:Bender Engineering & Commissioning
Year Completed:2011
Square Feet:7,200

MWA and specifically Kristi Thompson took an eye sore of a house, tore it down, and redesigned a beautiful mountain home on the same foot print. Most importantly, she designed the house "we " wanted. WE wanted an open floor plan that maximized our view of the Martis Valley, accommodated our grown children's families, and utilized low maintenance materials ( like tile and stone floors, pavers on the patio and driveway).
BUT the best part of all is all the little things Kristi did that are just part of their "normal" design. Like- extra wide counters, exposed beams in all the rooms, great roof line design, no exposed beams under the roof overhang, fantastic window placement and size, outdoor entries that make access easy in the winter and summer. and the functionallity of the floor plan.
Each time we use the house, whether it's my wife and I, or our whole family , we love it. It's cozy for two or twelve.
They always say you get what you pay for. So if you want a low ball price use another firm. But if you are willing to pay a little more---you will get the house of your dreams.
Frank and Dianne Hodges