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,...

Given the number of awe-inspiring projects they work on, Tahoe’s home designers don’t typically prefer to discuss their spec projects. But this Martis Camp home is no ordinary spec. “The team behind the project approached it as if they were designing their own home....

At first glance, the photo is unsettling: A child inside a newly constructed home, not just playing near insulation, but sticking her arms inside of it. For Andrew Legge, founder of Sparks, Nevada–based Havelock Wool, the image encapsulates what sets his product apart from the...