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Lake Tahoe Residence Lake Tahoe Residence, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

project client

Withheld by request


Lake/Flato Architects David Lake, FAIA; Billy Johnson; Tenna Florian;

design team

Heather DeGrella contractor

Q & D Construction


Datum Engineers (structural); Gray and Associates

(civil); ElectroTech (electrical); RHP Mechanical (plumbing and mechanical) photographer

resources ter tops :

Jeff Dow Photography stained concrete floors : L.M. Scofield; concrete coun -

BJ Concrete Counter Tops; architectural woodwork : Artefice

by Dianda Barry Phipps; building insulation : Icynene; specialty doors : Albertini;

plastic glazing :

CPI International;

tile :


Johnsonite; blinds , shutters , and shades : Mecho Shade


t e x a s

a r c h i t e c t

flooring :

The historic mines of the region, with their simple shed forms on the sloping land, were the inspiration for the project. Use of exposed concrete, weathered wood, and rusted steel create a palette of low-maintenance materials. The crisp exterior materials give way to warm, natural woods on the interiors. The concept of “camp” became the design theme for this active family’s home. The plan evolved into a series of three buildings that loosely form a courtyard, where the garage/shop/playroom mimics the slope of the hill and provides a visual block to the neighbor. A private office has a crow’s nest view from the highest room in the house. Large rolling doors open inside rooms to the outside. The guest house is detached from the main house and can serve as a stand-alone house for a smaller group. The glass living/dining room, with its balcony for theatrical productions, collects abundant winter sun and cool summer breezes. Intimate, low reading rooms offset the soaring spaces. “Ship-like” bedrooms with bunks built into compact niches accommodate children.

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards