Sierra Summit Project – Truckee, CA


Architect: Ryan Borman Architects

Builder: In House Builders

Photographer: Matt Waclo

Exterior Cladding:
WALNUT – FSC®-Certified Abodo®
Species: Radiata Pine
FSC®-Certified: FSC® Mix Credit
CVG (Clear Vertical Grain)
Finished On Face Only, Sealed On Back & 2 Long Edges
1-Coat Of Finish Factory Applied, 2nd Coat Applied On Site
Fine Sawn Face
Solid +/- 3/4” Thick x +/- 5-3/8” Wide x 6′-16′
Tongue & Groove

The design for the Sierra Summit Project aimed to emulate the natural landscape of the Sierra Nevada Mountains that envelop the residence in Truckee, CA. Tailored for nature enthusiasts, this retreat is conveniently situated near Lake Tahoe and an abundance of hiking and biking trails. Enhancing the exterior of the 3,449 sq. ft. home is the Abodo Vulcan cladding, imparting a timeless quality that seamlessly integrates with its surroundings as if it has been a harmonious part of the landscape for years. As seasons change and weather evolves, the Abodo Vulcan cladding not only maintains structural integrity but also weathers gracefully over time.

Abodo’s product line holds certification from the California Building Commission, making it eligible for inclusion in the Building Materials Listing Program (BML) Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Products Listing. Abodo distinguishes itself as one of the few approved cladding materials for buildings situated in WUI zones. Architects and contractors can reliably specify Abodo for use in all regions, without facing constraints from WUI restrictions. This flexibility is important for projects like the Sierra Summit Project, emphasizing the significance of choosing safe building materials. Homeowners can be confident knowing that utilizing Abodo cladding enhances the safety and resilience of their homes against potential wildfire threats.

Project Needs: During an AIA luncheon, a reSAWN specification consultant introduced Ryan Borman Architects to the benefits of modified Abodo wood. Captivated by the product’s performance and easy-to-maintain finishes, the client saw it as a prospective option for their upcoming residential project, which demanded a premium-quality solution.

Project Solutions: The clients chose reSAWN TIMBER co.’s WALNUT Abodo wood as the prime option, satisfying both HOA standards and aligning seamlessly with their desired aesthetic. Their assurance in selecting this product stemmed from its durability and eco-friendly sourcing in a sustainably harvested forest.

Project Results: In House Builders conveyed immense satisfaction with both the installation process and the product’s quality. The Abodos CVG aesthetic, eco-friendly features, and durability were influential factors that led the architects to choose the same material for their upcoming projects.

Denver-based architect Ryan Borman has over 15 years of expertise crafting innovative buildings, exclusive residences, and luxury interiors. He integrates art and creativity into architecture while considering the practical aspects of construction. He explores ways for architecture and construction to mutually enhance each other.

In House Builders is a comprehensive design-build firm that emphasizes energy-efficient design and clean, organic lines to impart a mountain-modern aesthetic. They take pride in the simplicity of their designs, allowing the bold structural elements of homes to shine and enhance their style.

Matt Waclo has cultivated a keen understanding of visual composition, unveiling the interplay of architecture, light, and nature through his photography. He takes pride in overseeing all facets of the photographic process and editing and is dedicated to honing his skills with the latest technologies and equipment.

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