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A compact mountain modern home surrounded by woods in Martis Camp

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This compact mountain home was eloquently designed by Ryan Group Architects, nestled on 1.5 acres in the Martis Camp community of Truckee, California. Encompassing just 1,718 square feet of living space, there are three bedrooms and three bathrooms for a young family of three. The project team maximized the tight building envelope by minimizing hallways and wasted space.

This efficient home is Green Point Rated and was designed to bring the feel of the mountain setting indoors. When constructing this home, the mission was to disturb as little of the site as possible and preserving most of the trees. The driveway winds through trees and a rocky outcropping to create the feeling of being nestled deep in the forest. 

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Ryan Group Architects BUILDER Truckee Custom Homes

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The structure was designed to preserve a 100’ tall pine tree, which can be seen in the somewhat V shape of the home. During the course of constructing this home, the goal was to select products that were manufactured as close as possible to the project to further reduce the carbon emissions produced during shipping.

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The foundation is a slab on grade partially used to minimize the amount of dirt spoils that would have to be hauled off, but mostly for solar heat gain during the winter from the large south-facing window wall.

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The walls were filled with hybrid insulation of closed-cell Foam and blown-in fiberglass. Closed-cell foam provides an excellent air seal that will highly reduce the amount of outside air exchanges and will produce an extremely high energy-efficient wall assembly.

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The interior ceiling is 1×6 vertical grain fir supplied by the local lumber yard Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company.

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What We Love: This compact mountain modern home retains exudes plenty of warmth courtesy of vertical grain Douglas fir ceilings and wood accents throughout. Reclaimed barn wood on the exterior is also featured on the interior, such as the kitchen island and living room fireplace, lending warmth and character. We are loving how well designed this compact home is, the project team did a fabulous job of maximizing all available space to feel open and airy.

Tell Us: Would this secluded shelter in the woods be your idea of the ultimate family home? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Check out a couple of other intriguing home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the Maris Camp community: Secluded mountain modern home in Martis Camp surrounded by forest and Mountain contemporary cabin boasts impressive details in Martis Camp.

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This home was created for a tightly-knit family who enjoys spending a lot of time together, so it was imperative to make the home feel big while successfully having some private spaces. The open plan living, dining, and kitchen areas are centered around a hot-rolled steel fireplace with a reclaimed wood chimney.

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The home’s windows consist of Kolbe wood windows and doors.

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The builders installed ½” rigid foam sheathing (under the siding) on the exterior to help minimize thermal bridging. The exterior siding is reclaimed grey barn wood siding from Trestlewood Inc.

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R-Control SIP’s, (Structurally Insulated Panels) are employed on the two large roof sections to create a very high R-value roof assembly. 

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PHOTOGRAPHER Vance Fox Photography

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