Mod­ern Mix

A rus­tic-meets-con­tem­po­rary Cal­i­for­nia home blends the best of both worlds.


A rus­tic-meets-con­tem­po­rary Cal­i­for­nia home blends the best of both worlds.

It’s a com­ment we hear all the time: “Wood homes feel dark and out­dated.” Sure, that may have been true once upon a time, but many of today’s wood homes feel quite the op­po­site, boast­ing bright, fresh and mod­ern ap­peal. For proof, look no fur­ther than builder Eric Linthicum’s most re­cent project in the pri­vate, lux­ury com­mu­nity of Mar­tis Camp.

Nes­tled in the Sierra Ne­vada Moun­tains, just a short dis­tance from Lake Ta­hoe, this rus­tic-meetsmod­ern res­i­dence is any­thing but dark and stuffy. Nat­u­ral light streams through win­dows at ev­ery turn, cast­ing light onto con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors. Through­out, clean lines and a muted pal­ette lend an or­ganic am­biance. Even the tim­ber frame­work, though im­pres­sive in size and de­sign, has an in­ten­tion­ally quiet feel.

“There is re­ally noth­ing over the top in the home, which cre­ates this won­der­ful, sim­ple el­e­gance,” says Eric, owner of the cus­tom con­struc­tion firm Linthicum with of­fices in Ari­zona, Hawaii and Cal­i­for­nia.

The en­tire 7,850-square-foot home is a study in taste­ful re­straint. In the shared liv­ing spa­ces — an area that in­cludes the great room, kitchen and

din­ing room — or­ganic tex­tures abound. A 27-foot vaulted tim­ber ceil­ing, mesquite hard­wood floors, and Dou­glas Fir and Red­wood trim com­bine with the stone fire­place to give a backto-na­ture feel to the space. Steel hard­ware and a col­lec­tion of hand-forged iron chan­de­liers lend an ur­ban edge. “There is a hint of in­dus­trial in­flu­ence in the space,” Eric says, “but be­cause of the warm woods, it doesn’t feel cold.”

While the house is de­cid­edly con­tem­po­rary in­side, the ex­te­rior de­sign is an in­ten­tional nod to the for­est set­ting and tra­di­tional moun­tain-style ar­chi­tec­ture. “The way we con­nected the two styles was to make sure the ma­te­ri­als on the out­side car­ried into the in­side, so you didn’t have this dis­con­nect when you en­tered the home,” Eric says.

In­side, the nat­u­ral fin­ishes whis­per; out­side, they cre­ate a ma­jes­tic, lodge look. Na­tive basalt and cedar ship-lap plank­ing cover the ex­te­rior, while metal ac­cents add struc­tural sup­port and com­plete the rus­tic fa­cade.

Like the in­te­ri­ors, the 4,000 square feet of ter­raced out­door liv­ing spa­ces are a study in good de­sign. Mul­ti­ple ar­eas carved out for cook­ing, din­ing, hot tub­bing or re­lax­ing around the fire pit are uni­fied by stone tile floors. Lowslung stacked-stone walls give the airy rooms a sense of per­ma­nence, while stream­lined pa­tio fur­ni­ture and min­i­mal ac­ces­sories echo the mod­ern vibe of the in­te­ri­ors.

Be­yond the prop­erty, dot­ted with large boul­ders and na­tive land­scap­ing, a stun­ning forested golf course of­fers up im­pres­sive, panoramic views. Still, if you ask Eric, the best van­tage points on the prop­erty may be within the res­i­dence it­self. “The home brings in all of the beauty of the sur­round­ing ar­eas,” Eric says. “It re­ally is a fab­u­lous space.”

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