Truckee, California

The homeowners wanted to build a modest 2,000 s.f., comfortable and inviting contemporary mountain home with environmentaly friendly features.  To create a sense of privacy and capture mountain views while masking the views of other homes and streets, the initial concept was developed with two wings that connect via a deck/outdoor living room.  The forms were given shed roofs for simplicity of function, economy of construction, and aesthetics.  Therefore the snow is shed to the perimeter, and the tall side is for the large windows that open up for views and provide amazing daylighting.  Exterior materials and colors were chosen to blend with the forest environment and provide some level of low maintenance and fire protection.  Green design features include recycled paper/cement countertops, recycled glass light fixtures, abundant natural daylighting, cross ventilation, LED lighting, Low-E glazing windows, Optima tightpack insulation and a tankless hot water system.