Award Nominee: Hourglass Addition
Mt. Lincoln Construction, Inc. | 15826 Donner Pass Road, #102, Truckee, CA 96161
530.582.8174 | www.mtlincoln.com
Todd Gordon Mather Architect | 243 North Lake Blvd, #7, Tahoe City, CA 96145
530.414.4662 | www.tgmarchitect.com
Linchpin Structural Engineering, Inc. | 10031 West River Street, Truckee, CA 96161
530.563.6341 | www.linchpinse.com
This 4,157 square foot, multi-level home - 6 split-levels, in fact – was extremely challenging to remodel. The split-levels are divided into the west half and the east half of the home and are served by a refreshed stairway. The entry to the home is high on the second floor because of the incredibly deep snow, but the home had no mudroom. Part of the project included adding a spacious, and well-appointed mudroom that can now be accessed from the ski slopes under a protective roof.
The unique setting just below the ski slopes at Sugar Bowl is accessed by car only in the summer while winter access is by skis, snowshoes, or snow-cat. There are two houses that separate this chalet from the ski slope. The setting is wooded to the west with an adjacent cottage to the north. However, the view from the home’s living spaces to the east is expansive across a meadow with huge views of Sugar Bowl’s ski runs. There are also peek views of the Sugar Bowl Village buildings and ski lifts. The sight to the south is stunning. Hourglass Chute located on Disney Nose is in full view from the site and impressive all year round.
The most significant change to the architectural space planning occurs in the great room. Unfortunately, the original great room had no kitchen. Therefore, the kitchen was moved from the lower level to the north end of the great room and the great room has been expanded to the south. Embracing this expansion effort, an opening wall system has been provided between the great room and the massive new covered deck. This steel and timber deck has spectacular views of the famed Hourglass Chute. A chimney has been added to the great room and an existing loft has been removed to expose a continuous and cleanly vaulted ceiling.
With the old kitchen removed, a new family room has taken its place. Fortunately, an old, quirky bedroom that was accessed through that kitchen has found a new use as a bunkroom. Now the bunk room is both appropriately located to and accessed through the new family room.
The home now features new knotty alder interior trim and beam wraps, white oak wood floors, soapstone countertops, Ipe decking, and cedar shingle siding.
While not part of the original scope of work, all rooms within the home have been carefully renovated. The home was eventually stripped down to the studs before being rebuilt. All of the home’s windows and interior/exterior finishes were replaced and modified in areas where views as well as new building codes required. The mechanical and plumbing systems were also replaced.
Four unique features of this home have been added.
1. The magnificent new covered deck includes many carefully designed structural steel details, such that exposed structure worked seamlessly into and around the existing rafters and beams. While it is not a typical single detail, but made of many details, the structure itself becomes a beautifully appointed detail of the home.
2. While the original home’s eastern view wall had extensive shear walls, the wall is perforated further with additional glass. The new chimney on the east wall therefore becomes a unique detail both architecturally and structurally. Structurally, the chimney is now the shear wall for this view-wall. Architecturally, it provides beautiful asymmetry to the near glass encased room and a focal point within the great room.
3. An office loft hung over the original living room. This has been relocated to enhance the vaulted wood-and-beam ceilings. The relocated office is now a “found space” at the top of the stair – the highest-most habitable room in the home.
4. Due to the deep snow and need for removing it from the roof on occasion, a manhole access by an exterior-mounted ladder perforates through the roof on the west side of the home near the roof’s ridgeline. This detail is a unique feature found on very few homes in the Sierra Nevada. Happy shoveling!