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Modern forest sanctuary nestled in a charming California mountain town

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This modern forest sanctuary was designed for a family of six by Hawkins Architecture, located on a heavily wooded site in Martis Camp, TruckeeCalifornia. The couple was renting a home nearby when they came upon this three-acre site, perfect for building a family home that could meet their particular needs. They needed a spacious design to host the many activities that needed to happen on a daily basis.

With four children, three of which are autistic triplets, the family needed their home to act as a therapy center, with host professionals providing specialty services daily. They wanted the home to have a division of spaces so that the couple could have their private domain separate from the hustle and bustle of the children’s daily activities.

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The homeowners had a vision of a modern dwelling with private zones that could accommodate learning, therapy, sleep, and play, while at the same time having common areas for family interaction. Their older son needed his own private retreat, complete with a loft and lounge space to play games and hang out with friends.

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With 8,000 square feet of living space, the home was divided into four zones, an open concept living, kitchen and dining area, a separate wing for the children, a private master suite and a detached guesthouse. The architect designed several entrances to the home so therapists and adults could come and go without interrupting daily routines.

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The couple called on interior designer Cheryl Chenault to help them plan functional interiors that would be streamlined from visual distractions and clutter to help their autistic children to live comfortably.

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The open plan kitchen, dining and living area feature soaring ceilings, exposed structural steel beams and columns and materials of wood, concrete, hot-rolled steel and walls of glass that illuminates the home with natural light.

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What We Love: This modern forest sanctuary offers its inhabitants warm and cozy living spaces for family living. The architects did a fabulous job of accommodating a family with special needs to have a beautifully functional home full of fantastic design details. A gorgeous forest setting adds to the overall beauty of this home, lending a feeling of tranquility.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this home? What details did you find most appealing and what details would you change? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Do you get inspired by the look of modern mountain homes? We have numerous features here on One Kindesign in the sensational Martis Camp, California area, have a look at a couple of spectacular ones right here: New York loft meets mountain modern living in Lake Tahoe and Fabulous Mountain Modern Digs in North Lake Tahoe.

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The homeowner’s private master suite is located on the opposite side of the property, with expansive forested views and sitting areas both indoors and out. There is also a laundry area, beverage and snack center, and a spacious spa bathroom showcasing a rain shower and freestanding bathtub.

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Situated on the west side of the property, the children’s wing features four bedrooms, a library/study area and a playroom that is on the downstairs level. Each of the bedrooms has its own workspace and play area offering durable, soothing materials, while windows draw light in and connect the interiors with nature.

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Photos: Matthew Williams for Dwell & Courtesy of Hawkins Architecture

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Opulence to the point of being somewhat oddball.