Everything that’s old is new again in this classic mid-century remodel   Cliff May. While not exactly a household name, architecture aficionados widely credit him with creating the ranch house style. Horizontally oriented featuring open layouts, plentiful glass and a blurring of indoors and out, his fusion...

European-influenced architecture meets a California lifestyle in this legacy estate   Ten years ago, with blueprints drawn and the first two buildings recently completed, a Carmel-based homeowner was getting ready to begin construction on his Martis Camp estate. “We had it all designed back in 2008,”...

A straightforward design is based on a long, anchoring hallway and creating a hierarchy of spaces   Simplicity isn’t necessarily easy. From the road, the home on Martis Camp’s Villandry Drive seems unassuming: clean lines with a modest material palette of steel, stone, glass and wood. Yet,...

Amish barnwood and Sierra granite shine in this mountain farmhouse that pays homage to the American West   With the evolution of mountain home design grew the freedom to meld various styles, resulting in truly customized creations where multiple elements blend harmoniously under one roof. Such is...

Schaffer’s Mill residence combines simplicity with functionality to suit a full-time family’s needs   When a Bay Area family decided to move full-time to Tahoe, they wanted a home that reflected their mountain modern lifestyle. They purchased a half-acre lot in Truckee’s Schaffer’s Mill development and enlisted...

A rarified remodel in the Rat Pack’s backyard results in a magnificent lakeside retreat   Certain slivers of geography attract residents who transform that land into lore. Ranking among those larger-than-life landscapes like Big Sur and Laurel Canyon is a boulder-studded section of Crystal Bay shoreline that...

Cleverly designed Tahoe Donner home provides a practical and stylish mountain getaway   Sitting on a blue sofa beneath an Andrew Bolam painting of a wolverine, Joann Ellero, a self-described “scrappy kid of immigrant parents from Detroit,” announced that she never, ever envisioned the dream house she...

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