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A San Francisco family of four asked us to create a retreat from their urban lifestyle, reusing the footprint of an existing 1950s ranch house in Glen Ellen, California, while building in a consistent way with the area’s rolling hills and agricultural structures.
Project name
Big Barn
Architecture firm
Faulkner Architects
Location
Glen Ellen, California, USA
Photography
Joe Fletcher Photography (exterior and dining room photos). Ken Fulk (all other interior images)
North of San Francisco, in Glen Ellen, a less populated part of the California wine country, the culture has been based on agriculture and was named for an original winery. Jack London made this his permanent home here in the early 1900s. Drawn by the land, London believed in the redemptive qualities of rural life. Less than an hour from the City,...
Project name
Tack Barn
Architecture firm
Faulkner Architects
Location
Glen Ellen, Sonoma, California, USA
Photography
Joe Fletcher Photography, Faulkner Architects, Hammond and Company
This is a full-time beach house for a car passionate family of four situated across from Burnt Cedar Beach in Incline Village, Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Prior to being pulled up the hill to flumes and rails destined for Virginia City, logs were staged here as the mountains around the lake shore were logged during the silver mining ye...
Project name
Burnt Cedar
Architecture firm
Faulkner Architects
Location
Incline Village, Nevada, USA
Photography
Joe Fletcher Photography
Faulkner Architects reveals Viewfinder House in Truckee, California, a home designed to capture dramatic mountain views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 
Project name
Viewfinder House
Architecture firm
Faulkner Architects
Location
Truckee, California, USA
Photography
Paul Hamill
Set amidst a volcanic boulder field in a pine and fir forest, Creek House is a family retreat that inhabits an existing outcrop clearing at the edge of the spring fed Martis Creek. Near the base of Lookout Mountain at Northstar California Resort, the house is conceived in plan as three directional bars that slide between and alongside the boulders...
Project name
Creek House
Architecture firm
Faulkner Architects
Location
Truckee, California, USA
Photography
Joe Fletcher Photography
A luxuriant forest of Jeffrey and sugar pine mixed with white and red fir covers this two acre site at roughly 6,300 feet above sea level in the Martis Valley near the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Gently sloped, the site falls toward the south with views to the Northstar California ski resort.
Project name
Forest House
Architecture firm
Faulkner Architects
Location
Truckee, California, USA
Photography
Joe Fletcher Photography
The building site had a significant influence on the design for this house. Layered with intense geologic history at the base of a three-million-year-old volcano, the site is a north-facing 20-degree slope with equal parts refuge and prospect at 6,300 feet above mean sea level.
Project name
Lookout House
Architecture firm
Faulkner Architects
Location
Truckee, California, USA
Photography
Joe Fletcher Photography
The clients are a couple of environmental scientists who, along with their two sons, relocated from the Oakland Hills to the summer climate of Orinda. Their commitment to sustainability, including a request for net-zero energy performance annually, was evident throughout the design process. A three-bedroom program began as a remodel of a 1954 ranch...
Project name
Miner Road House
Architecture firm
Faulkner Architects
Location
Orinda, California, USA
Photography
Joe Fletcher Photography; Drone Promotions (aerial)