A Home You Can Ski Right Into

A Home You Can Ski Right Into


When Trent Tucker’s buddy proposed he build a vacation dwelling in the private neighborhood of Martis Camp, in close proximity to Truckee, Calif., just north of Lake Tahoe, Mr. Tucker in the beginning laughed it off.

He was occupied in Tulsa, Okla., functioning Tucker Tennis Academy, a coaching facility for youthful gamers that he launched in 2001.

“I was like, ‘Man, that’s so much away, and I never even know Lake Tahoe,’” stated Mr. Tucker, 45, who formerly played tennis skillfully. “I was generally joking with him and indicating, ‘You’re nuts.’”

Mr. Tucker was also conscious that Martis Camp was specially well-liked with skiers, many thanks to a ski raise that delivers citizens up the back again of the Northstar California vacation resort, nevertheless he and his fiancée — now his spouse, Chelsea Tucker, 34 — experienced tried skiing only a couple of situations.

But when he finally visited Martis Camp, he was awe-struck by the area’s rugged pure magnificence and up to date architecture, as perfectly as its four-season appeal. Suddenly his friend’s strategy did not look so crazy.

“After visiting a handful of situations, I recognized this area is definitely distinctive,” he stated.

In 2013, he paid about $1.1 million for a steeply sloped, 1.4-acre large amount of boulders and Jeffrey pine and white fir trees, a several hundred yards from the Martis Camp ski carry. Then, in search of an architect, he frequented Greg Faulkner, of Faulkner Architects.

“I was this outrageous male who did not know anything about architecture, who walked in with a thousand torn-out journal photos and Pinterest images,” Mr. Tucker reported. “I reported, ‘Greg, I’m going to be like the tennis consumer I wish I had,’” this means that he planned to be actively engaged in the style and design course of action and discover all the things he could, even as he gave Mr. Faulkner finish innovative regulate.

The Tuckers also made the decision to have their wedding day in Martis Camp in September 2014, and began building frequent visits, generally with Ms. Tucker’s moms and dads, to holiday and go to style conferences. Mr. Faulkner established about planning a 7,833-sq.-foot house that seems to develop out of the hillside — starting from a slope that runs beside the Tuckers’ assets for skiers returning property from Northstar — as a very low-slung composition of thick concrete walls and plate-steel roofs.

“The house is structured alongside a slim slot of entry that mirrors that ski operate and connects independently formulated zones in the property: a public realm, a bed room zone for attendees and a master zone above,” Mr. Faulkner reported.

The layout also permits the Tuckers to ski directly into and out of the dwelling.

The most important dwelling room welcomes skiers with a substantial, concrete-walled out of doors terrace that flows into a tall living area as a result of 17-foot, flooring-to-ceiling, motorized sliding-glass doorways. That home extends to an expansive, open kitchen, which finishes with far more glass sliders opening to one more lined terrace.

On the reverse facet of a prolonged central staircase is a sleeping wing with a few bedrooms. The learn suite is upstairs, and the garage and entrance from the street are on the decrease level.

The muscular layout hunkers down in the earth to shield the construction from significant snow loads, slipping branches and forest fires, though insulating it from the chilly. In hotter months, the numerous glass sliders open up up for seamless indoor-outside dwelling and cooling breezes.

To place the emphasis on the sights outside, the content palette is deliberately negligible: exposed concrete, flamed basalt flooring intended to replicate the area’s volcanic geology and reclaimed walnut paneling.





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