This prefabricated mountain modern home was designed by Sagemodern in collaboration with Hills & Grant, located in the Martis Camp community of Lake Tahoe, California. Nestled in a secluded, treed property, this modular home offers 6,944 square feet of living space with five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Before adding the modular sections, the site was only partially built, with a garage at one end and a shell that would become a squash court at the other end. Additionally, the foundation and several other partially-built sections were set in between.
Five truck loads dropped off the modules, brought in from a Bellingham, Washington factory (12 to 16 weeks after construction starts, a home is ready to be delivered). Sagemodern combines pre-fabricated units with site-built elements. Where 60 percent the home’s living area was pre-built in the factory (this includes the most expensive parts: kitchens, bathrooms and mechanical rooms) to save time and money while improving quality. The larger spaces of the home, such as the great room, consists mainly of framing, roof and glass. This is less technical and more economical to build on-site.
The exterior facade of the house consists of heavy steel and linear roof lines. A series of pavilions, each is linked by glass portal hallways. Anchored by the garage on one side and squash court on the other, the rest of the dwelling fans out in a semi-circle. Each of the main living spaces form separate pavilions —the living room, dining room, great room and media room.
The goal of this project was to create a vacation home that is relaxing yet sophisticated. A place where family can visit, but can also accommodate larger groups of people for entertaining.
What We Love: This incredible prefabricated home makes mountain living just that much sweeter! Besides the beautiful surroundings and fresh mountain air, this property was made quite desirable with the addition of this modular dwelling. We are impressed by the ability for this home to be broken down into smaller modules and brought together to create an architectural masterpiece in form and function. The overall product offers quality, while saving time and money — what more could you ask for?… Readers, tell us, would you want a prefabricated house? Why or why not in the Comments below!
Note: Have a look at a couple of other incredible pre-fabricated homes we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of Sagemodern: Mountain retreat blends rustic-modern styling in Martis Camp and Cozy modern mountain retreat in Lake Tahoe.
Above: A live-edge walnut dining table with a Lazy Susan was custom created by blankblank, in Sacramento, California. Hazy Day Pendant lights by Marset illuminates the dining table.
Above: The dining room is set in a glass portal which delineates the kitchen from the great room. Lift and slide glass doors opens to the backyard, creating a smooth transition between indoors and out. A linear fire pit just outside provides a cozy spot for relaxing outdoors.
Above: The living room of this mountain retreat offers a fresh and sophisticated aesthetic with a sense of playfulness. A floor-to-ceiling fireplace, which doubles as an art piece, features dimensional tile by Daniel Ogassian. The tile is banded on either side by board-formed concrete.
Expansive windows captures views of the incredible landscape surrounding this home. The generously sized sofa offers a comfortable spot to relax after a day on the slopes, while the fireplace creates a fantastic focal point for the space and much-needed warmth.
Above: The sculptural LED light fixture on the ceiling is by Rich Brilliant Willing, designed and assembled in New York.
Above: The great room has several distinct seating areas, such as the space above — a puzzle area for the children. A hot-rolled steel divider creates a partition between this space and an adult area, where the homeowner enjoys his scotch!
Above: Walnut is one of the main materials used throughout the home, including the kitchen cabinetry. It has also been used on the island and the wet bar, infusing warmth into the interiors.
Above: The kitchen was completed in the factory, including the fixtures and appliances. The flooring is the only thing that is added on-site, which is completed last to ensure for consistency throughout the project. All design details, which includes finish materials, appliance and any smart-home systems, have to be selected in the early design phase.
In traditional building, light fixtures and cabinetry hardware can be selected after the building is complete. The advantage to making selections early on is keeping within your budget. A disadvantage would be that you do not have the opportunity to change your mind later on.
Floating walnut stairs inlaid in a steel tread leads to the upstairs living zones, which encompasses a master bedroom suite, kids bunk bedroom, and guest bedroom.
Above: This regulation-size squash quart is housed in a pavilion detached from the main house. Clerestory windows allows additional light to penetrate the space. There is also a viewing area, which allows for a multi-use space. This area also serves as a playroom. There is a retractable basketball hoop, movie projector and enough space for bounce house and Nerf gun wars!
Even the squash court came from a kit (pre-packaged and paneled)! The shell was built by sagemodern, but a company based out of Tennessee sent in a crew to install it all within a week.
Above: A gas fire pit in the backyard was designed by Truckee-based High West Landscape Architects. This is an idyllic spot to enjoy this pre-fab home’s beautiful surroundings.
Photos: Lisa Petrole Photography / Paul Hamill Photography