|Looking from the Great Room through the Gallery to the Foyer|
Single Family Home with Attached Secondary Living Unit
3 Car Garage
2,505 Square Feet Living Area
Built in 2005
Construction Cost $1,100,000
The home is renowned in the area for it’s architectural beauty and the way it is melded seamlessly into the natural rocky environ of the site. The heavy timber and mortise and tenon joinery of the timberframe is composed into the exterior architecture in the dual roof pitches (heavy composition on the steep pitch and standing seam metal on the porch and shed roofs), with a full covered porch on the southern exposure and long cantilevered timbered eaves at the southeast facing Entry Portico and the west view wall. Redwood Decks wrap around three sides of the home, creating an exceptional variety of outdoor living and entertaining spaces that are all easily accessible to the interior through the five sets of french doors and the Dutch style two piece entry door. The home was designed for easy accessibility with the primary living areas all on the main living level with no stairs on the interior, and only a minor step to the driveway and garage.
The exterior is designed with a no-maintenance, fire resistant, freeze-thaw resistant, hand troweled and two toned, integrated color acrylic modified cement plaster. This fantastic and unique siding is not only extremely rich and beautiful but also exceedingly practical. It is complimented with a hand split rustic, fire-resistance treated cedar shake in the gables of the composition along with heavy cedar trim detailing. Superb quality
The home design integrates a bright, beautiful Entry Foyer and Gallery leading to a gorgeous, open Great Room with Living Area, Dining Area, Breakfast Nook, Kitchen and Sitting Nook with two separate pair of french doors accessing both the Covered Porch and the West Entertainment Deck. Also on this main living level is a full Master Suite and Office (or Bedroom) with french doors to the Covered Porch, a Pantry/Laundry/Store Room off of the large Kitchen with a separate door to the Garage and Mechanical Equipment area, a Guest Bedroom and Guest Bathroom, and the Three Car Garage, composed with a two car bay and a private one car bay.
This is an authentic custom designed and crafted mortise and tenon joinery timberframe built of exceptional quality Douglas Fir in the Japanese Mountain House tradition with central purlin beams connected at the primary timber columns with natural hand selected Madrone “Hiro Beams” composed and contrasted with traditional “Moon Windows” in the gable ends of the home. The ceiling throughout the main level cathedral vaulted roof is finished inside with custom milled and subtly whitewashed tongue and groove Spruce decking with square edged rabetted detailing. The wall surfaces throughout the timberframed spaces are finished in hand troweled plaster for a subtle beauty and exceptional quality. The richness, quality, scale and detailing of the timberframe along with the surrounding finishes creates an amazingly warm, comfortable yet dramatic ambiance throughout the primary living areas of the home.
This is an exceptionally green home design style, since the timbers are all sourced from standing dead trees, not cut from living trees, the timbers will literally last for centuries as timberframes all around the world have, the timbers are all completely recyclable and retain their value exceptionally well through future re-use and the timberframe is a high thermal mass structure that is an excellent energy efficient design feature. The roof is created from Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) integrated with the timberframe which are exceptionally strong and create an outstanding insulated roof. Similarly, the exterior walls of the timberframe are filled with solid foam injected between the studs integrating Advanced Framing System detailing for exceptionally green resource efficiency as well as thermal insulation. The floors of the main home are all well insulated radiant hydronically heated lightweight concrete bearing on an engineered lumber Truss Joist framing system over a very convenient and accessible crawl space. The hydronic boiler and domestic water heating system is natural gas fired and state of the art. All of these features, along with the exceptional natural lighting and passive solar attributes created by the intelligent window glazing and skylighting design create a fantastically comfortable and environmentally responsible home.
The Kitchen has fantastic tiled counter space on top of White Oak cabinetry with all kinds of great functional features, a raised tiled conversation bar behind the gas cooktop with downdraft surrounded by butcher block countertop, a raised dishwasher and double electric wall ovens. Off of the kitchen and easily accessible to the entertaining areas is a beautiful wet bar with glass doored upper cabinetry. The Breakfast Nook is right off of the kitchen and includes a cozy built in seating area with oak bookcases below. The Dining Area has open access to the Living Area and an open view of the three sided bay natural gas fireplace along with a fantastic window grouping looking west to the Sierra Crest. The grand Living Area is open to all of these spaces and opens out onto the west entertaining deck through french doors and enjoys the ambiance of the hearth with the fireplace, handcrafted with the rock harvested from the site integrated with a heavy timer mortise and tenon joined three sided mantle beam. Off to the south of the Living Area is a large Sitting Area that serves as a beautiful, more intimate conversation alcove and media area that has french doors leading to the covered porch.
The Flooring selected for this high quality green design is natural cork throughout the living room, gallery, dining room, kitchen, breakfast nook and pantry/laundry room. The cork floors are exceptionally beautiful, sustainable and low maintenance, while adding a fantastic richness to the spaces. The foyer and guest bathroom floors are hand set black pebble exposed aggregate concrete. The foyer floor acts as a high thermal mass heat sink for the passive solar gain from the southern and southeastern sun.
The Great Room, the core of the design, is naturally lit with six skylights located on the ridgeline which keep the space light, beautiful and warm throughout the sunny days so typical in
Truckee. There is exceptional natural cross ventilation created by the design of the casement windows, french doors and two piece Dutch style entry door.
The Master Suite includes two separate Walk-in-Closets and a fantastic Home Office with oak parquet flooring that is easily convertible to another Bedroom or Nursery which could also be accessed off of the Gallery with an added door. The master bathroom includes a single porch door, a separate custom tiled shower and sunken tiled bathtub, two separate sink cabinets and countertops, a toilet and a urinal.
The home includes a lot of storage, with a large fully shelved Pantry/Laundry/Store Room with raised dryer and loads of built in shelving, the Garage has a separate closet, loads of built-in shelving and a work bench built-in, and all the bedrooms have generous closet spaces.
Above the Garage the design integrates a town approved complete Second Living Unit with it’s own exterior Entry as well as single bay Garage access, full Kitchen and Bathroom, separate Bedroom and Living/Dining area with exterior balcony accessed through a pair of french doors. This living area is bright and beautiful with south facing windows as well as great cross ventilation. Cambridge Estates Homeowner’s Association recognizes this Second Living Unit as a Caretaker’s Unit. They have no restrictions on it’s use other than it not be rented out as an apartment unless the tenant is also serving some function as a Caretaker. It can also be used for any and all family members, as a guest suite, as a separate office or as a Mother-In-Law Unit. It has incredible value and possibilities and the few Tenant/Caretaker’s who have lived in it and have kept it occupied since it was completed have really loved it.
If you would like an incredibly beautiful, high quality, unique, extremely comfortable and convenient mountain timber framed home in the fantastic town of
, this could be perfect for you. Truckee