There is a presumption that high-end custom homes, particularly those that are more architecturally evolved, are built and finished strictly with top-shelf materials and systems. However, inexpensive, utilitarian materials handled in unexpected ways not only can save money, they can introduce a fresh and interesting take...

Two years after moving into their custom-built home, a family awoke in the wee hours of March 25, 2014, to the sound of every homeowner’s worst nightmare—the ear-piercing, intermittent screech of a smoke detector. “My wife got our son out of the house, and I found...

The evolution of the green building industry has slowly but surely moved far away from the iconic aesthetic that helped bring it mainstream awareness—thick-walled, straw-bale houses, racks of solar panels propped awkwardly on roof tops, the occasional rainwater barrel—and it has become impossible to recognize...

In late summer of 2012, Don Fulda of Truckee’s Ward-Young Architecture & Planning got a call from a local realtor who had clients checking out Martis Camp lot 546. The clients, who wish to remain anonymous, wanted to be sure the steeply sloped site, almost...

Alps style meets a Tahoe retreat   It would be the perfect birthday present. That’s what the Atherton, California–based owner thought when viewing the in-progress spec home at Martis Camp. She and her husband had been looking for a second home at mountain locations like Deer Valley,...