Commercial Spotlight – November

Photographer credit: Vance Fox

On the homepage of the Martis Camp community website, there’s a quote attributed to Forbes magazine calling Martis Camp, “Possibly the best four-season private community in the U.S.” Spending some time on the site, there’s no doubt that the properties there are spectacular, so it was flattering to see Hubbardton Forge lighting playing a part in a number of the homes. We did a little research and found that Dennis E. Zirbel, Architect created the designs that introduced Hubbardton Forge to the Martis Camp community, so we reached out to the firm’s namesake to learn more about homesites 15 and 16.

HF: Who were the lead designers on these projects?
DZ: I was the architect and Natalie Zirbel was the interior designer.


HF: What was the biggest challenge with the project and why? 
DZ: Both of these projects are golf course lots at Martis Camp. The biggest challenge was maximizing views and integrating the structures with the sites while maintaining privacy and protection from the golf course.


HF: How did you address the challenge?
DZ: After an extensive site analysis for each project, we oriented the spaces toward views, blocking neighbors and blending the structures with the topography of the land. We paired extensive glazing with large overhangs to capture views while establishing protection from golf balls and the elements.


HF: Is there a room or home that’s a favorite? 
DZ: Every project we take on is a priority for us, and we are passionate about everything we create.


HF: Is there a style you’re more particularly known for?
DZ: We feel that good design is transcendent of style. Because of our location in the Truckee/Tahoe region, the majority of our homes have been in the Mountain Traditional or Mountain Modern style. That said, we work in any style, including Mediterranean, Mid Century Modern, Victorian and Historic Preservation.

Photographer credit: Vance Fox

HF: How did Hubbardton Forge get picked to be included in this design?
DZ: Both of these homes are Mountain Modern in style, and Hubbardton Forge offers beautifully designed fixtures that work well in this environment. The fixtures we used in these projects are contemporary but have a larger scale and rustic quality that perfectly complements the architecture.

HF: What would be your dream project to design?
DZ: We would love to do a project in the Napa Valley. The colors and topography of the land offer so much inspiration and natural beauty to draw from.

HF: What’s the one style trend that you wish would make a comeback?
DZ: One material we would like to see gain in popularity is copper. It is a beautiful and functional metal that offers so much character and works well in any style home in numerous applications.