Greenwood Homes: Austin Cabin at Martis Camp
The rustic and Texas inspired Austin Cabin is bringing some modern touches to the mountains.
By Marco Martinez
Since 1991, Greenwood Homes has been building award-winning homes in the Incline Village of Lake Tahoe, in Truckee, and Hawaii. This year’s Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco, taking place on June 25th and 26th, has nominated Greenwood Homes for a Gold Nugget award for their project named Austin Cabin. The Gold Nugget Awards, celebrating their 51st year of granting the prize, recognizes those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development. “The Austin Cabin is a custom home built in the private mountain community of MartisCamp, located in Truckee, California. The home affords sweeping views of the Northstar ski resort and is surrounded by towering sugar pines, and it is also adjacent to Martis Camp’s putting green,” said WrennCavallo, marketing manager at Greenwood Homes.
“Clare Walton’s architectural design and High Camp Homes’ interior design complemented Greenwood Homes’ detailed execution and resulted in a true designers’ showpiece. The home is made up of six levels, which is unique for a home of this size; yet it achieves a natural flow between living areas seldom found in homes twice the size. The architect melded the structure to landscape in a manner that is pleasing to the eye and extraordinarily functional,” said Kevin Hanna, president of Greenwood Homes.
Greenwood Homes began development on the Austin Cabin in 2012, and the project was initiated as a result of the owner’s vision and passion, which Greenwood Homes was able to convert into the final product we see today. For instance, the design style of the home was decided to have a Mountain Modern look, with design nods to the owner’s Texan roots.
The custom homebuilding world is flourishing, and there are plenty of reasons why. Designing and building a custom home gives you the opportunity to exactly build the dream home you have always wanted. In doing so, you have the opportunity to incorporate Green Building techniques into the design and construction of your home which provides greater comfort and livability for your family as well as allows you to be a more responsible member of your environmental community.
As a result, the cabin has the privilege to be built with sustainable materials and energy efficient appliances. The owners were focused on reducing their carbon footprint through responsible building practices. In this sense, the cabin is just another example of Greenwood’s commitment to environmental awareness. They believe that there are so many reasons to build green and the advantages extend far beyond environmental benefits.
On average, Greenwood’s homes use 30 percent less energy and offer lower operation and maintenance costs. Their green building techniques have also increase productivity and profitability, improved overall air quality and created a cleaner indoor environment.
Their green building procedures and techniques make for healthier buildings. Several of their project managers have achieved the title of LEED® Accredited Professional. Through lifecycle, cost and constructability analysis they identify ways in which green building can create truly functional green structures. A true custom home, like the Austin Cabin, is one in which you work with an architect or designer to create a plan for a house that has never been built before. Throughout the process, you design the layout and size of the rooms, and you select everything that goes into the house, from the type of flooring, to the fixtures, where the rooms are placed and how large they are. This project, specifically, was influenced by many different factors.
“The home was influenced by its natural environment,” said Hanna, “the owners wanted seamless indoor/outdoor living that paid homage the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada.” Greenwood is aware of a certain responsibility to build green when building within such a natural environment.
The Austin Cabin shows its singularity with many of the unique features that stand-out as soon as you walk through its impressive doors. The home was built with massive 11×15 Ft. Weiland doors in the great room that exemplify a focus on indoor-outdoor living. The doors offer sweeping views and open onto an expertly designed outdoor living space complete with custom masonry and a linear fire pit. Double hung windows in the kitchen allow for direct service to the outdoor dining space, which is handsomely appointed with a built in BBQ and granite slab countertop. Pickle wood Barn doors throughout the home and large exposed trusses add to the rustic aesthetic of this modern mountain cabin while hand-forged copper accents stay true to its big Texan personality.
The use of reclaimed materials with their natural patina, including pickle wood siding and rusted steel roofing brings idyllic warmth to the exterior while large timber trusses, an abundance of stone finishes and a Western charm highlight the interior spaces of this intimate vacation home.
Other features such as a kid’s bunk room, freestanding copper bathtub and twelvefoot sliding glass doors are just a few of the elements that make this project unique.
Greenwood Homes is in the works with many future, current and completed projects. As a licensed General Contractor in California, Nevada and Hawaii, they offer new residential construction, remodel and renovation services, construction management, post-construction maintenance and sustainable building practices Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and the Hawaiian Islands.
Greenwood’s Hawaiian projects, Paradise Island and Kahili Quarry, are a blend of Newport Beach, Caribbean and Pacific Island styles. Paradise Island features wraparound verandas and plantation style railings. French doors throughout the home offer east access to outdoor living spaces. Two complete outdoor kitchen areas on opposite sides of this home allow for all-weather entertaining and outdoor dining.
Paradise Island’s owner’s choice of antique Thai decor compliments the natural island woods and individually hand-fashioned windows in this home. Coffered ceilings with concealed lighting, travertine floors, tumbled marble, a grand entry pavilion with floor mosaic decor, a courtyard accented by a fireplace and private guest quarters are just a few of the elegant offerings found in this home.
Owner, Kevin Hanna, looks forward to continuing to build unique custom homes in the Lake Tahoe area as well as on the island of Kauai. Hanna enjoys challenging projects that require precise attention to detail and craftsmanship. His homes reflect his client’s personalities and become treasured spaces that his client’s enjoy for generations.
Marco Martinez is an assistant editor at Options magazine. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.