Martis Camp-87

“Curve Appeal” – Tahoe Quarterly – Spring 2018 read article

This stunning Mountain Modern home is located in the Martis Camp Community of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With the magnificent views this site offers, large windows were a must and almost every room in the house takes advantage of the vista. Extensive water features give the home a feeling of tranquility. Water falls at the front of the house flow under the entry bridge and enclosed entry way to a rear bridge that connects the covered patio and upper terrace. The home’s exterior is a combination of ashlar stone, wood siding and hot rolled steel. Large timber radius columns and the warm tones of the stone, wood, and copper roofs give the home its mountain touch.

This home is perfect for entertaining a crowd in style. The home’s large master suite takes full advantage of the curved wood ceilings and glass clerestories to enclose a sitting room, spacious bathroom, and two generous walk-in closets. To create a private oasis the master tub shares a two-sided fireplace with the private sitting room. With a guest master suite complete with large bathroom, walk-in, and private access to the covered patio, two guest suites each with a private bathroom, and a bunk room with bath, there is plenty of room for visiting guests. The first floor has a spacious kitchen, including a built-in banquette and walk-in pantry, and is open to the large great room and dining room. The entertainment space doesn’t stop there, the home features a wine room under one of the sets of stairs and the great room opens to the upper terrace which flows into the covered dining terrace with firepit and outdoor kitchen. This getaway is complete with a fitness room, game room, separate second floor TV area, and a balcony sitting area that overlooks the great room and takes advantage of the beautiful views.

Location:Martis Camp
Style:Mountain Modern or Contemporary
Architect:Kristi Thompson - MWA, Inc.
Structural Engineer:MWA, Inc.
Builder:NSM Construction
Landscape Designer:High West Landscape Architects
Interior Designer:JJH Interior Design
Photographer:Vance Fox
Year Completed :2015

My wife and I hired Kurt Reinkens of MWA in 2005 after we purchased land to build a vacation home in the Lake Tahoe resort community of Lahontan. MWA was and still is, in our estimation, the top architectural firm in the Tahoe area, and our experience with MWA over the course of the design and construction of our home exceeded even our high expectations.

MWA is intimately familiar with the design standards in the area in general and in Lahontan in particular. It is clear that Lahontan's Design Review Board (LDRB) has developed a high degree of familiarity and trust with MWA, and this trust was integral to what ended up being a relatively smooth and hassle-free process with the LDRB. MWA was able to anticipate the needs of the LDRB and, in the few occasions were design modifications were recommended, come up with creative solutions that met those recommendations efficiently and cost-effectively.

MWA is also quite good with builders. Unlike some architects who design imaginary buildings that are extremely difficult or expensive to construct, MWAs designs, while innovative and always interesting, are practical and buildable. MWA was very involved with my builder throughout the construction process and worked to address his issues and questions in a timely manner.

Finally, the architectural aspects of our recently completed home are amazing. It seems that we notice new architectural features to the structure every time we visit our home. We couldn't be happier with the architecture of the structure, how the rooms and spaces are in synch with one another, how the house relates to the natural environment, and the window placements and rooflines, just to name a few aspects that stand out.

I would recommend MWA to anyone for these reasons. Our experience was overwhelmingly positive.
Caine Moss