Martis Camp-63: Main House

2018 Tahoe Quarterly Home Award - Merit Award: "Timeless"
2018 CATT Award - Sustainable Building Methods

The owners wanted a home that was unique yet timeless and offered a place for them to gather as a family, play games, laugh, and make cherished memories. Mixing forms and finishes from lodge-style to modern gives the home its timeless feel. The spacious interiors open to extensive views, and access to the exterior from nearly every room, make this home a fantastic place for gathering and enjoying the many amenities nature and the community have to offer. The owners also wanted to make the home as sustainable as possible.

The home’s exterior siding is a mix of pre-weathered Corten, tight-knot cedar horizontal ship-lap, Cedar trim, and Basalt Ashlar stone. Varied roof levels and pitches incorporate pre-weathered Corten contrasted with river stone, composition and rolled membrane roofs all overlooking the strategically placed casita with green roof. Steel is used in details on both the interior and exterior to add mountain modern touches, from the large steel beams to the wood and steel staircases. T&G decking on the exterior soffits flow into the interior wood ceiling decking adding a touch of warmth. The mixed species reclaimed hardwood floors transition to a paver patio at the exterior.

Care was taken to preserve and frame two snag trees and unique pieces of art made by the owner are placed throughout, adding a personal touch. Sustainability was a theme of this home that started with the casita green roof; and continued to the main house with: solar panels, ground source heat pump, extra insulation, reclaimed wood flooring, low maintenance materials throughout, LED lighting, heat recovery ventilators, and thoughtfully designed overhangs, windows, and light shelves to control and maximize natural light and ventilation. An exterior custom spiral staircase leads to the roof deck with a panoramic view of the mountains.

The multi-level design works seamlessly with the sloped site to integrate connected outdoor spaces at multiple levels, including the outdoor kitchen. Spending time together was an important concept in the design, as such, the social spaces are all open and flow together with smaller gathering spots comfortable for more intimate groups. The billiard area flows to the built-in banquette that is perfect for family game nights. Or the family can enjoy a movie marathon in the media room with blackout shades. This home is a special place all about family togetherness and celebrating the outdoors.

Location:Martis Camp
Style:Mountain Modern or Contemporary
Structural Engineer:Gabbart & Woods
Builder:Jeff Cotton Construction
Photographer:Vance Fox
Interior Designer:Owner
Year Completed:2017

I would be pleased to be a reference for MWA. You have designed two houses that I have been involved with.

The first on lot 137 in Lahontan was a custom house for my wife and me. This house was designed for our needs and to meet the stringent requirements of the Lahontan Design Guidelines. We achieved our program goals, Lahontan Design Review Approval, and a building permit. We sold the lot, building plans and the building permit to a speculative developer who built the house with some modifications.

Last year we purchased a house which was built on spec by a developer. MWA designed that house. We were not “in the market” for a house, but happened to walk through an open house. We fell in love with your design. The house was well sited for views and privacy, very bright inside (an unusual situation in Lahontan), and fit our life style perfectly. Twenty three days later we owned this house. My wife and I are moving to this house and Truckee full time as of November 1st.

I would strongly recommend MWA to anyone designing a house in the Truckee/Tahoe area.
Rick Stephens