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Eat, Play, Love

Mountain Home Awards 2015      

Built sleek yet sturdy for a busy family, this Martis Camp home perfectly combines form and function

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Slope-Side Splendor

Mountain Home Awards 2016       By Susan D. Rock      

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Setting the Stage

Mountain Home Awards 2015      

Geometry, materials and a caring homeowner combine to create a contemporary Martis masterpiece

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Vantage Point

Mountain Home Awards 2014       By Kyle Magin      

“Crow’s Nest” retreat built to take advantage of Sugar Bowl’s soaring views

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West Shore Refinement

Mountain Home Awards 2013       By Alison Bender      

A custom home shows how ‘sweating the small stuff’ can pay off

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Outside the Lines

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Jen Schmidt      

This Martis Camp cabin feels bigger than its footprint

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Serendipitous Style

Mountain Home Awards 2016       By Alison Bender      

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Storied Spaces

Mountain Home Awards 2014       By Alison Bender      

Collaboration and creativity are the keys to a successful Martis Camp home Written by Alison Bender

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Rock Star

Mountain Home Awards 2016      

Built into a steep Tahoe Vista hillside, this lakeview home is a stunner

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Elemental Excellence

Mountain Home Awards 2014       By Kyle Magin      

Natural materials—stone, wood, metal—conspire to create a classic

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Arc de Triumph

Mountain Home Awards 2013      

Pond-side modern home breaks the mold with bold, personalized touches

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Inside the Snow Globe

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Kyle Magin      

Quaint guesthouse brings outside in

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Expansion by Compression

Mountain Home Awards 2016       By Kyle Magin      

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West Shore Dream

Mountain Home Awards 2014       By Alison Bender      

A pine-paneled summer cabin now sports modern conveniences and Old Tahoe flair

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An Artisan Touch

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Alison Bender      

Lakefront features excellent design, craftsmanship

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A Haven in the Woods

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Susan D. Rock      

A Truckee home nestles into the woods

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Play it Again

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Kyle Magin      

Old materials are recycled in this Rubicon Bay cabin

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Rising Above

Mountain Home Awards 2014      

Multi-generational home blends form, function seamlessly

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Urban Living for the Mountain

Mountain Home Awards 2013      

Contemporary meets rustic in a Truckee live-work space

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Eco Estate

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Alison Bender      

Building Green Doesn't Mean Building Drab

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Paying it Forward

Mountain Home Awards 2014       By Jen Schmidt      

Tahoe Donner home a getaway for Wounded Warriors

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Donner’s Dark Side

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Alison Bender      

Home on Donner's South Shore connects seamlessly to the lake

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Fresh Curves

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Alison Bender      

Curved rooflines roll like a wave through the forest

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Life-Giving Mission

Mountain Home Awards 2013       By Kyle Magin      

Truckee’s new Cancer Center is a triumph of design, science and compassion

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Off the Hizzle

Mountain Home Awards 2016       By Susan D. Rock      

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A Lakefront Home Used Right

Ski & Ride 2016       By Sylas Wright      

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Custom Cool

Mountain Home Awards 2013       By Susan D. Rock      

Unique elements take a home beyond now to wow

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Relaxed Fit

Mountain Home Awards 2016       By Jen Schmidt      

Mountain retreat built with relaxation in mind

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Pitch Perfect

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Susan D. Rock      

Inside the tricked-out home of former Ms. California and Oakland Athletic Tarah & Eric Byrnes

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Mountain Design, Cubed

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Kyle Magin      

Careful crafstmanship required to pull off complex design

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At Home in the Trees

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Jen Schmidt      

Tucked into the trees, this gathering place is cozy and inviting

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Hollywood in Tahoe’s Woods

Mountain Home Awards 2016       By Alison Bender      

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Meeting Place

Mountain Home Awards 2014       By Jen Schmidt      

Los Angeles family finds its Martis mountain retreat

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Subtle Green

Mountain Home Awards 2013       By Kyle Magin      

Grand home keeps a low profile—and monthly energy bill

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Big Family, Big Fun

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Kyle Magin      

Indoor-outdoor spaces, careful design create a stunning family retreat

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The Family Farm

Mountain Home Awards 2016       By Jen Schmidt      

Designed to recall a pastoral look, this home is all about family time

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All in the Family

Mountain Home Awards 2013      

Built for multi-generational enjoyment, a Martis home highlights family

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Redesigning a Remodel

Mountain Home Awards 2013       By Alison Bender      

A century-old West Shore cabin gets a much-needed facelift

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Bouyant Design

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Kyle Magin      

Afloat in the Forest

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Camp Out

Mountain Home Awards 2015      

A three-pavilion structure is reminiscent of East Coast summer camps

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Complex Simplicity

Mountain Home Awards 2013      

A family’s preference for clean design creates a modern retreat

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Old Tahoe: New Light

Mountain Home Awards 2015       By Jen Schmidt      

Elegant Tahoe lakefront has touches of the 1920s

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Honest Architecture

Mountain Home Awards 2014      

Geometric shapes craft a fresh, welcoming Martis Camp retreat

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Lucky Strike

Mountain Home Awards 2014      

A Tahoe Donner home combines a utilitarian aesthetic with mountain-inspired design

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Utility Meets Public Pleasure

Mountain Home Awards 2014      

Truckee Tahoe Airport blends nuts and bolts with ample aesthetics

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Mountain Homes Articles


Vanilla Shake-Up

Mountain Home Awards 2014       Written By Alison Bender      

Wood, stone, steel and style revamp an aesthetically boring home

Photography by Kat Alves In a typical remodel, the home dictates the makeover. In this case, the makeover dictated the home.       “The homeowners were looking for a really private…

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From Blight to Bright

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Merit Award Remodel Award Winner

Architect: Elise Fett,  Builder: Meadville Design & Construction,  interior: Roger & Darlene Rempfer,  Landscaping: Greenscape,  Square Feet: 3,700 ft     The before pictures of Roger and Darlene Rempfer’s Carnelian…

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Pier Review

Summer 2015      

Expansive views, deep pier highlight Carnelian Bay home

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.       Specifically, someone holding a tape measure off of Larry and Jamie McCullough’s 130-foot trex pier in Carnelian Bay. With somewhere between…

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Solar Cabin

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Sustainability Award Winner

Architect: Jon Stoumen,  Builder: Jon Stoumen,  interior: O’Malley Stoumen,  Square Feet: 3,000 ft     Jon and O’Malley Stoumen’s previous golden retriever, Neely, was an overachiever. She was an exceptional…

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Added Value

Mountain Home Awards 2013       Written By Kyle Magin      

Family’s remodel gives them more without throwing out home’s key attractiveness

Photography by Tom Zikas Remodel award Designer: Scott Gillespie, SANDBOX Studio Builder: Mark Tanner Construction Interior Design: Mark Tanner Construction and owners Year Completed: 2012 Square Feet: 3,800 Percentage of…

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Bringing the Resort Lifestyle Home

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Outdoor Living Award Winner

Architect: Gary Davis Group,  Builder: Hummel Construction,  Blue Rock Development,  Landscaping: Design Workshop,  Square Feet: 3,000 ± ft   Who hasn’t dreamed of bringing the fabulousness of a resort hotel…

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Drunken Hermit

Mountain Home Awards 2013      

A one-of-kind guest house with twisting roofs and bunk-house efficiency makes for multi-generational fun

Written by Chaco Mohler Photography by Matt Waclo Unique Vision award Designer: Mountain Concepts, David Spear Builder: Stuart Construction Interior Design: Homeowner Landscape Design: Loverde Landscapes Year Completed: 2012 Square…

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Divine Design

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Craftsmanship Award Winner

Architect: Walton Architecture + Engineering,  Builder: NSM Construction,  interior: Vallone Design,  Julie Johnson-Holland,  Square Feet: 3,248 ft     A cabin lot situated on the shore of “Lake Martis” featur­ing…

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Tahoe’s New Glass Palace

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

Architect: Mark Dziewulski,  Builder: Q&D Construction,  interior: James C.R. Laney,  Square Feet: 8,694 ft   There are houses, and then-there are houses.  Anyone regularly traveling between Crystal Bay and Incline Village from roughly 2005 through 2010 Certainly…

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A Love Affair

Mountain Home Awards 2016       Written By Kyle Magin      

A remodel updates an unlovable space to match its gorgeous views

Photography by Kurt Williams Sarah Pearsall’s newly renovated Incline Village home is the product of a love story.       It’s about Pearsall and husband Michael Lippert’s love of the view…

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Timeless Gathering

Mountain Home Awards 2013      

Granite and timbers create a great room worthy of a castle

Written by Elisabeth Korb Photography by Vance Fox Architect: Ward-Young Architects Builder: Loverde Builders Interior Design: Ward-Young Architects, Loverde Builders, Robin Mills Design, Sarah Jones Design Landscape Design: Loverde Landscapes…

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Trending: Barn Doors

Mountain Home Awards 2013       Written By Kyle Magin      

Barn doors slide into favor in new home construction

TQ’s Home Awards panel noticed a trend that caught their eye when touring homes this year—sliding barn doors. From sleek, modern homes to those actually replete with reclaimed barnwood, the…

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Perfect Blend

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Family Friendly Award Winner

Architect: Lot C Architecture Builder: Mark Tanner Construction interior: Chona Hirsch Landscaping: Estate Landscape & Irrigation, Inc. Square Feet: 3,192 ft Walk through the front door of this Martis Camp…

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Living in the Past

Winter 2015-2016       Written By Alison Bender      

Reno estate draws on the rustic refinement of a country French style

This is the story of a treasure hunt.       Sharon and Jim Hellebrandt bought the sprawling, two-and-a-half acre property dotted with three ponds in southwest Reno in 2001. The house…

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Home Making

Mountain Home Awards 2016       Written By Kyle Magin      

Mixing materials, fun touches turn spec into a home

Photography by Peter Tye The trick to building a good, marketable spec home is not building something that looks like a spec home. Blasé finishes and decisions that are consistently,…

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Gold Star

Mountain Home Awards 2014       Written By Alison Bender      

A contemporary LEED-certified home maximizes solar and geothermal power

Photography by Vance Fox When clients approached architect Nick Sonder about a contemporary mountain home for their golf course property in Martis Camp, they specified that it be as environmentally…

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Added Value

Mountain Home Awards 2013       Written By Kyle Magin      

Family’s remodel gives them more without throwing out home’s key attractiveness

Photography by Tom Zikas Remodel award Designer: Scott Gillespie, SANDBOX Studio Builder: Mark Tanner Construction Interior Design: Mark Tanner Construction and owners Year Completed: 2012 Square Feet: 3,800 Percentage of…

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Creating a Legacy

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Classic Old Tahoe Award Winner

Architect: OOA Design,  Builder: Bruce Olson Construction,  interior: OOA Design,  Square Feet: 6,800 ft   Set against a classic West Shore view of Lake Tahoe, the Johnston home in Homewood…

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Skewed Spaces

Mountain Home Awards 2013       Written By Alison Bender      

A Martis Camp home enjoys a new angle

Contemporary Cabin award Architect: Ted Brobst, Ward-Young Architects Builder: Jack Raftery, Raftery Construction Interior Design: Vivian Soliemani, Bethe Cohen Design Associates Landscape Design: Loverde Landscapes Year Completed: 2012 Square Feet:…

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Light of the Party

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Award Kitchen Remodel Award Winner

Architect: Jared Polsky,  Builder: Larry Smith,  interior: DiNallo Designs,  Landscaping: Perennial Landscape & Nursery,  Square Feet: 2,665 ft   The decision to remodel the kitchen at Rick and Noel Stubblefield’s…

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Contemporary Tree House

Best of Tahoe 2016       Written By Meghan Herbst      

A secluded Martis Camp retreat pushes into the forest

Photography by Matt Waclo When actress Nancy Travis began searching for a vacation property with her husband, Rob Fried, and the couple’s two sons, ages 14 and 18, she wanted…

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Tahoe’s Architectural Timeline

Mountain Home Awards 2014       Written By Matthew Renda      

Tahoe's home styles have changed throughout the years, but always respond to the region's climate and landscape

In Lake Tahoe social circles, where prevailing architectural trends past and present function as conversational currency, arguments about whether Lake Tahoe has its own unmistakably distinctive architectural style may be…

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East Coast West

Mountain Home Awards 2013       Written By Alison Bender      

A family retreat is a compilation of their lives and experiences

Family Friendly award Designer: SANDBOX Studio Builder: Mark Tanner Construction Interior Design: MPLA, Inc. and owners Landscape Design: Loverde Landscapes Year Completed: 2012 Square Feet: 2,949 Photography by Vance Fox…

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Tahoe Twist

Mountain Home Awards 2016       Written By Alison Bender      

A clever material palette adds texture and harmony to this Martis Camp cabin

Photography by Vance Fox If the home at Martis Camp Lot 351 looks familiar, you may have seen it on a billboard on Interstate 80, accompanied by one word: Gorgeous.…

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Blending Art and Architecture

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Merit Award Artistic Elements

Architect: Ward-Young Architecture & Planning,  Builder: Corda Construction,  interior: IMI Design,  Square Feet:7,188 ft   Curving forms, exotic materials and creative details define this contemporary Martis Camp dwelling, which balances…

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Simplicity, in All its Complexity

Mountain Home Awards 2016       Written By Kyle Magin      

Modern design a welcome challenge to talented builder

Photography by Vance Fox   Designing and building a modern home may look simple.       Trim packages are minimized or done away with altogether. Walls are clean, frequently white and…

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Two-in-One

Ski & Ride 2015       Written By Kyle Magin      

Martis home blends multiple styles in a singular success

An expertly crafted home for a family of six in Martis Camp inspires a double-take.       First, your gaze is drawn upward to the slopes at Northstar California, which tower…

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Grand Incline Village Lodge, Grand View

Summer 2014       Written By Kyle Magin      

Heavy timber design, intricate craftsmanship shine in this Lake Tahoe waterfront estate

Visitors to Sean and Jennifer O’Neal’s Incline Village lakefront home could almost miss a spectacular view of Tahoe when looking at the intricately etched glass on the double-door entry.      …

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Neighbor Labor

Mountain Home Awards 2014       Written By Susan D. Rock      

A lakefront remodel deals with a steep site, limited coverage and 1970s-era style

Gonowabie is a street steeped in as much character as its name. The narrow, twisting, one-way lane hugging Crystal Bay’s sharp lakeside slopes is a precarious place to drive and…

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A Notch Above

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Mountain Modern Award Winner

Builder: Ethan Allen Construction,  interior: Judy Weinck Interiors,  Square Feet: 4,391 ft   Written by: TQ Staff Photos: Vance Fox   Buckled into four-wheel-drive Jeeps and cruising through forested land…

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Y Chromos – Home

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Rustic Retreat Award Winner

Architect: Peter Gerdin,  Builder: High Sierra Customs,  interior: High Camp Home,  Square Feet: 2,500 increased to 3,400 ft   It started with a cabinet-induced flesh wound. The home- owner, Band-Aid…

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Riverfront Red

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Historic Remodel Award Winner

Architect: MWA, Inc.,  Builder: Mt. Lincoln Construction,  Square Feet: 2,337 ft     In the late 1930s, when downtown Truckee still had evidence of the Wild West tucked in its…

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All Decked Out

Mountain Home Awards 2013       Written By Kyle Magin      

Martis Camp’s new ski lodge brings a springtime feel year-round

Photography by Vance Fox Outdoor Space award Architects: Ronald A. Todd, Highlands Management Group, and Clare Walton, Walton Architecture + Engineering Builder: Hayhoe Construction Corporation Interior Design: Walton Architecture +…

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Functional Green

Mountain Home Awards 2013       Written By Adam Jensen      

An addition revitalizes an older home with an eco-smart garage, apartment and entry way

Photography by Brandi Schlagel Smart Addition award Architect: Healthy Home Consultants Builder: Bret Hackett, Healthy Home Consultants Interior Design: Healthy Home Consultants Landscape Design: Loverde Landscapes Year Completed: 2012 Square…

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Solutions in Solid Timber

Mountain Home Awards 2013       Written By Kyle Magin      

Solid timber construction is an Old World technique that may be a trend for the future

Solid timber construction—an ancient technology recently rediscovered—is making its debut in Placer County’s Martis Camp development this summer.       Truckee’s RDA Architecture and its father-son team of architects Gordon and…

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Grand Gathering Place

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

Commercial Construction Award Winner

Architect: Swaback Partners,  Builder: Hayhoe Construction,  interior: Vallone Design,  Swaback Partners,  Landscaping: Swaback Partners,  Square Feet: 50,000 ± [plus 12,000 of terrace & patio areas] ft   When DMB/Highlands Management…

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Tiki Tahoe

Mountain Home Awards 2016       Written By Kyle Magin      

Tahoe Keys resident rebuilds in tropical style

Tahoe homes are often modeled on foreign residences. It’s not strange to turn through any neighborhood around The Lake and see Bavarian-inspired chalets or Nordic-themed barn-style dwellings. Mountain architecture is…

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Written on Stone

Mountain Home Awards 2014       Written By Dylan Silver      

Graffiti mars the granite of Lake Tahoe’s East Shore

Photography by Martin Gollery On a wintry evening at Lake Tahoe’s East Shore, waves collided with giant oblong boulders half-sunken in the shallow teal waters. The white caps dashed off…

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Pin It!

Best of Tahoe 2015       Written By Kyle Magin      

Pinterest find leads to Squaw home with stunning views

At 2 a.m., Gayle was still ‘pinning.’       The part-time Seattle resident, then living in the Bay Area (who asked that her last name not be used), wasn’t an insomniac…

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Sweet Simplicity

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Interior Design Award Winner

Architect: SANDBOX,  Builder: Crestwood Construction,  interior: Spirit Interior Design, Inc.,  Square Feet: 2,709 ft   When Santa Monica residents Kristin Vogelsong, an actor, and Zander Lurie, a vice president at…

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Tahoe Meets Napa

Best of Tahoe 2013      

Design firm remodels a Truckee home while paying homage to wine country

Written by Diana Vincent Photos by John Ater By spring, many Tahoe locals are dreaming of the fields of flowers and warm temperatures down the hill. Cabin fever sets in…

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Designing an Outdoor Dream

Mountain Home Awards 2016       Written By Jen Schmidt      

Smart landscaping reinvigorates Squaw Valley property

When an Olympic Valley homeowner (who prefers anonymity) came to Keri McCarron of Hill and Dale Landscapes to rebuild her yard, she envisioned evenings outside with a glass of wine,…

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Boat Home Improvement

Mountain Home Awards 2014       Written By Kyle Magin      

Tahoma boathouse now mirrors estate’s grandeur

Photography by Vance Fox Time and a 2011 winter storm collaborated to make Bill Parker’s boathouse “the ugliest on The Lake,” he says.       The Tahoma homeowner’s ramshackle boathouse stood…

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Don’t Mess with Martis

Mountain Home Awards 2014       Written By Kyle Magin      

Martis Camp home pays homage to the homeowners’ Lone Star roots

Photography by Vance Fox Build a home that evoked Austin, Texas’s charmingly rustic outdoor restaurants and bars, its uniquely southwestern style and its vibrant music scene.        So went the…

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Grandkid Heaven

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Merit Award Bunk Room Award Winner

Architect: Brian Shinault Architecture,  Builder: Incline Builders,  interior: Interior Motives,  Square Feet: 6,857 ft   Tim Bumb’s Zephyr Cove home is a paradise for his 20 grandchildren, aged infant to…

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“Tranquility” for the Low, Low Price of $75 Million

Summer 2013      

The 20,000 sqft, 210 acre Tranquility estate is back on the Market

Once called, in the pages of this magazine, “the $100 million home,” Zephyr Cove’s Tranquility, a stunning nod to opulence and mountain living, is back on the market at $75…

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Shelter From the Storm

Mountain Home Awards 2014      

Written by Kelly Smith Cassidy Visit the shores of Lake Tahoe and you are bound to catch a glimpse or two of the boathouses dotting the lakeshore’s edges. Some may…

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Model of Efficiency

Mountain Home Awards 2012      

2012 Contemporary Award Winner

Architect: Ryan Borman,  Jude Gavigan,  Builder: In House Builders,  interior: Jonathan Staub,  Square Feet: 2,300 ft   Blair and David Paterson were residents of little-known Russel Valley, rural acreage near…

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Success is in the Details on Tahoe Lakefront Home

Ski & Ride 2014       Written By Alison Bender      

Built for a young, active family, this Incline Village lakefront home wows

Photography by Vance Fox The best thing about the 7,300 square foot house on Incline Village’s Lakeshore Boulevard isn’t its wine cellar, made of reclaimed old-growth redwood and stocked with…

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