by Rodric J. Hurdle-Bradford
Since opening for business in 1998, Faulkner Architects has enjoyed success not only in the California and Nevada markets, but also with projects in Colorado, Hawaii and Canada. With widespread success over nearly 15 years, the company’s founder points to one factor that has been the foundation to the company’s success: quality clients.
“The key has been really good clients who allow us to do our work and enlighten us with their personal preferences throughout the project,” says Greg Faulkner, principal of Faulkner Architects. “We work with the client closely throughout the process and in the end you see the client’s fingerprints all over the project.”
The company’s dedication to the client has resulted in a second office in Berkley along with the flagship office in Truckee. “We generate a high level of trust with our clients,” says Faulkner.
That trust is shown in the Martis Camp Lot #155 project, a fabulous home that has been featured in Mountain Living Magazine and also received a 2011 American Institute of Architects Central Valley Honor Award. “These clients were from Southern California and they were really excited about the process and wanted me to explore three-dimensional design elements,” says Faulkner. “The mountains and the snowfall leads [sic] to incorporating more robust materials.”
To accommodate the surroundings, steel, concrete and aluminum were used throughout the residence. The clients liked the idea of entering the house before you walk in, so the expanded entryway plays with scale without compromising the stability needed in the environment.
“The stonework of the 1960’s is gone,” says Faulkner. “We are using concrete like stone. When we set it against polished stainless steel you get an eye-catching juxtaposition.” Many reclaimed materials were used in the project, including redwood and ApplePly wood for the cabinets. The home’s setting allows for natural ventilation with no air conditioning needed, and glass–used as screens–is incorporated.
The kitchen serves as a bridge between both sides of the residence, one side that is a private residence and the other side for guests. Concrete, steel and glass also highlight the kitchen, with large cabinet sizes that add to the unique feel requested by the client.
“We utilized different angles so you will have parallel spaces between cabinets, which makes it dynamic when you are opening and closing them,” says Faulkner. “Regardless if we are using volcanic stone in Hawaii or reclaimed redwood in California, the principles are [the] same [to] utilize local natural resources and making the client happy.”