Doeskin Court Residence is a rustic mountain retreat designed by Sierra Sustainable Builders, located in Incline Village in Washoe County, Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Upon entrance to this welcoming home, a spacious open plan living room beckons guests to sit down and get comfortable. This spa-like atmosphere showcases comfortable sectionals arranged around a coffee table, perfect for entertaining. Drawing in natural light into this residence played an essential role as the architects captured it through floor to ceiling windows, bringing the outdoors in. Breathtaking views of the surrounding wooded landscape and Lake Tahoe in the distance makes this home a spectacular getaway. Rough hewn beams left exposed with high ceilings makes this retreat feel like a true mountain home.
Sierra Sustainable Builders’ portfolio includes new residential construction, complex remodel/addition, commercial remodel, as well as cabinetry and custom furniture. Central to their approach is a belief that sustainability and efficiency are important factors in today’s building process, and they strive to maintain practical and affordable solutions that integrate these factors and achieve their clients’ goals.
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Sonoma Modern Barn is a tranquil retreat built in 2010 by Castor Architecture, surrounded by open space, vineyards and an organic farm in Sonoma, California. Situated on the site of the Old Lawrence Hot Springs Spa, a private gated driveway bridges the nearby world of historic Sonoma Square with a contemporary tranquil estate. The 5,000 square foot, four bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom property takes full advantage of the hillside site, which offers views, a sense of openness, and terrific lighting to the south and west. The modern floor plan creates a series of outdoor terraces with prime exposure between the two arms of the house. This beautiful property fuses rustic contemporary architecture with historical influences in a sophisticated modern style.
We spotted this sensational property on Sotheby’s, listed for sale at $5,200,000.
Features include living room, open dining room, gourmet kitchen, den/office, family room, master suite, bedrooms, powder room, media room/home theater, loft, two car garage and sumptuous outdoor living. Outdoor living features includes, beautifully matured landscape, outdoor gas fireplace off living room and office, 100 year old original rock wall made of very rare blue stone, sparkling pool with cover, marquis spa, covered patio for shade at pool, and wine cellar.
North Rim Residence is a gorgeous two story custom designed mountain home by architecture firm Mount Bachelor Design Studio, located in Bend, Oregon. The home was designed for a down-sloping mountains-facing lot. The main level includes a central gourmet kitchen, surrounded by an east-facing nook, formal dining, and Great Room. A large master suite and laundry room complete this level, with a detached casita just off the main entry.
The lower level houses children’s bedrooms, along with media and entertainment spaces. The top level serves as a family exercise room. The west facade incorporates many innovative and contemporary sun control features, while preserving the Cascade mountain views.
Photos: Courtesy of Mount Bachelor Design Studio
Meier Road Barn is part of an ongoing master plan designed by Mork Ulnes Architects, for an ambitious couple living on a vineyard in Sonoma, California. The project took place just 100 meters from the couple’s 1930s bungalow. The project brief was straight forward: provide large flexible spaces that could be used to store farm equipment, workspaces, collectables and an art studio. Eager to maintain the existing 2,475 square foot (230 square meters) footprint, the architects found new ways to use the older typology.
The main challenge became to create an ideal art studio within the barn vernacular. Inverting the traditional gable barn roof solved this by gaining the needed height, and provided the studio with the indirect northern light conditions.
An expansion of the project is currently under construction and includes an amoeba-like structure to house a dining area with an interior jungle, an aviary, bathroom pods, a swimming pool, and an amphitheatre. There’s also been talk of a hockey rink.
Transparent openings of different sizes reveal interior functions to people approaching the building. The light-filled artist’s studio, in particular, is in full view.
Photos: Bruce Damonte
Designed by Sarmento Melo Architecture this country weekend retreat is located in the region of Macacos, in the district of São Sebastiao das Águas Claras, Nova Lima – Minas Gerais, Brazil. This 3,013 square foot (280 square meters) house was idealized by the owners to be a place to getaway for the weekend, a meeting place for leisure with their large family and many friends.
The house is inserted into an extremely steep terrain privileged but surrounded with stunning views to the Atlantic Forest and the sea to the mountains of Minas, architects Ana Cristina Faria and Maria Flávia Melo were guided by the demands of family, developing a project to be built in stages, and idealized a complex guest house, recreation area and main house (still not completed yet), exploiting and enhancing existing natural features. Thus, an implementation was adopted against the views of the mountains and forests, the longitudinal field, in order to minimize the movement of the earth, despite the steep terrain, buildings without plans and movement between buildings and recreational area that is basically in the same ground level without this, significant changes were made to the topography.
The architects proposed volumetric architectural and constructive simplicity: a large vertical plane (wall) and visually defines constructive orientation of the main building - longitudinal and east to west; orders the gabled roof in just simple cuts and without defined sectors - in front of the “wall” is the recreational sector and private spaces; behind and across the sectors of service and support are located. Therefore, the layout of the rooms is simple, logical and orderly. The same architectural elements defined and ordered the small guest house: the social area in front and behind the “wall” above average level (sitting on floor) are the suite and bathroom. Ceramic tiles in opposite directions cover these two blocks.
Looking to create a cozy and rustic atmosphere, at about the same time thinking of an appropriate and functional contemporary home in time, the architects proposed the use of hand-carved wood to encase entire structural systems and the bulk of buildings, doorways and windows, stairs and other minor details like shelves, counters , main furniture and cabinets. For this reason, during the work , which was closely followed by the architects, they hired a team of skilled workers in building with wood, from southern Bahia and staying for months at the store, making a neat job work. This wooden structure, for example, are not apparent screws or tools: the whole system is done through sockets, slots, and internal plates junction, following the constructivist tradition of old coffee and cocoa plantations within Brazil and buildings without interior architects.
Being a weekend house, the recreational area was intended as the main attraction of the constructed set. The large swimming pool in L, vinyl coated, is located in the center of the buildings and in front of the view: it converges playroom, gourmet space, sauna and guest house. Its largest is for swimming and jumping, but the minor axis of the pool, with a depth of 50 cm, integrates with sauna and spa with a grill, which was designed primarily for adult relaxation.
From the wood structural system, the sealing elements explicit intention of developing their views in the house, as well as attention on the thermal comfort: the sunny traditional masonry facades are brick clay Massif (more heat) and revoked painted, but all the extra length of the front facades of buildings, oriented to the south (hence no sun in Brazil), and facing the mountains, is sealed in glass drawing in its immediate surroundings and the distant landscape.
Reinforcing the proposed initial concepts, all other details and finishing and coating materials were designed with the aim of fostering and practicality, tradition and modernity. In itself, the wood continues to be used as the lining of all environments, including railings, and floor heating the room and every residence as intimate TV room and loft. In kitchen areas, large slabs of black granite were the option for strength and easy cleaning. In the bathrooms, floors adopted hydraulic tiles, rescuing the tradition of building the start of the twentieth century. The walls of wetlands mixed in glass inserts and gypsum, contemporary coatings harmonized constructively with materials of more rustic character.Large living and leisure areas, internal and external, are rustic but contemporary.
Complementing the architectural design project was the outside landscaping by landscapers Thiers Mattos and Flávia Rennó and outdoor lighting by Mônica Rohlfs. In landscaping, the exuberance of Brazilian flora species was valued. The vast gardens of bromeliads, palms, swords of San Jorge, among others. Apart from their beauty, species are suited to the local climate, are resistant to strong sun by day and cool nights in the mountainous region of Macacos. In lighting, lights were directed to large flat walls and vegetation, buildings and enhances the pool, but does not hide the pleasure of seeing the wonderful sky that can be viewed here.
Photos: Gustavo Xavier
Designer Thom Filicia brought a derelict 1917 Skaneateles lake house back to life, transforming it into a gathering place for friends with rustic, but sophisticated decor in Onondaga County, New York. The rooms are filled with his designs rooms filled with his designs, with most of the furniture, fabrics, rugs, and curtain hardware are from his home collections for Vanguard, Kravet, Safavieh, and Classical Elements.
The living room’s Skaneateles sofa by Vanguard has a low back, so it doesn’t block views of its namesake upstate New York lake.
Restoration Hardware‘s Iron and Rope mirror leans on the living room mantel.
In the dining room, Buckley Royal linen upholstery softens both the walls and the Greek Peak chairs, named after a local ski resort. Restoration Hardware’s Burlap Dome pendant canopies the Bordino dining table from Vanguard Furniture, whose finish echoes paint-rubbed floorboards sealed with tung oil. Ceiling and trim, Dogwood Blossom by Pittsburgh Paints.
Filicia hung a vintage papier-mâché ram’s head over the kitchen’s movable island: “I wanted this to look like a room that just happened to become a kitchen.”
Inspired by existing plank doors, Filicia applied battens to the walls and ceiling of the den, “our cozy retreat where we can hide from the world.” Here and throughout the house, he banished recessed downlights from a 1960s renovation, because they were antithetical to an intimate mood and period provenance. Circa 1900 Collection Train Station Swing-Arm Sconces by Restoration Hardware, illuminate his Lincoln Hill sofa and an unknown artist’s faux-bois resin painting.
Stout rope provides the stairway’s nautical handrail. Filicia removed the stair railing to open up the view from the entrance to the water. Madagascar Glacier runner, Sacco Carpet.
Having admired diamond-shaped windows in stately old Syracuse houses, Filicia introduced several here as a repeating motif: “I like how they float in a wall.” This one punctuates a screen wall between master bedroom and shower. On the bed, an orange duvet from Serena & Lily warms up a blue one from John Robshaw. The adjoining bathroom has twin Kohler vanities and Arhaus mirrors.
Architectonics tiles from Waterworks line the shower. Flooded with sunlight, it is “the next best thing to an outdoor shower.”
In contrast to the “more buttoned-up” guest room upstairs, a downstairs counterpart is “fun and flirty.” A Hudson’s Bay blanket from Woolrich on the updated four-poster picks up the pillow colors.
“In summertime, the boathouse is our waterfront home base,” Filicia says. Besides storing towels, water skis, and life preservers, it shelters a touch pad for controlling music from dockside speakers. Inside, vintage chairs are grouped beneath a papier-mâché chandelier. Come winter, the pavilion doubles as weatherproof storage for the folding dock, paddleboards, and other gear.
The fire pit, the dock, and a Gerald DiGiusto 1960s steel sculpture in designer Thom Filicia’s yard.
Photos: Eric Piasecki
This rustic canyon house has been designed for a family comprised of three generations by Chu+Gooding Architects, set within a tranquil canyon in Santa Monica, California. The 5,600 square foot residence was honed to a dual courtyard plan to retain the old growth scenario of California Sycamores and Live Oaks. Private realms for the six individuals and variously scaled communal spaces accommodate the social complexities of tri-generational domestic arrangements. Five different living levels were created with varying archetypal dwelling conditions all with direct access to the beautiful outdoor spaces.
Photos: Nils Timm
This renovated farm compound in the Val d’Aran, a valley in the Pyrenees Mountains of Catalonia, northern Spain, consists of three traditional Pyrenean farm buildings that were reconfigured in 2000 to create a compound, with a total of six bedrooms. Where possible, the original stone and wood were retained or refinished in the renovation. Exteriors are native stone, the roofs slate. The interior walls are lime plaster, and the wooden beams and trimwork are cherry, oak and fir. An oil furnace powers a radiant-heat system throughout the compound.
The barn and the house on the 1.8-acre property have been joined by a passageway, creating a total of about 5,100 square feet of interior space. The first floor of the main house is configured as a great room, housing a double-height living area with a fireplace and mountain views, a dining area, and an eat-in kitchen. The kitchen counters are stainless steel, and top-of-the-line appliances include a Lacanche gas range.
The main living area, with a mezzanine to the left that leads to bedrooms on the second floor.
A Lacanche gas range, center, is a highlight of the eat-in kitchen, which has stainless steel countertops.
The second floor of the main house has two bedrooms and one bath; the third floor has the master bedroom, with a bay window affording valley views, and a children’s playroom that could be converted to a bedroom. The now-attached barn has a full-floor recreation room and a sleeping area with exposed beams on the second floor, and guest quarters with two bedrooms and two bath on the first.
A recreation room on the top floor of the former barn, which has been connected to the main house.
A sleeping area in the barn.
Across a cobblestone courtyard, a former stable now accommodates a professional-grade recording studio and garage space for three cars. The upper level has an exercise room, a sauna and a bath.
A view of the recording studio in the annex; it currently has professional-quality equipment, and walls and part of the ceiling are lined with acoustic panels.
The house and barn are joined by a parlor, seen at right.
Photos: NY Times
Ski Slope Residence is a sensational rustic mountain retreat that just underwent an extensive and exquisite remodel designed by High Camp Home in Truckee, California. The home is comprised of 3,606 square feet of living space, with three bedrooms and three baths plus a bunk loft above the pool table room. This custom home is full of reclaimed barnwood, custom iron work, iron fixtures and stacked stone fireplaces, all with breathtaking and panoramic views of Donner Lake. The residence was featured in the February 2009 cover of Tahoe Quarterly as the Award Winning remodel of the year.
Photos: Courtesy of High Camp Home