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Crystal Clear in Lake Tahoe, California by Aspen Leaf Interiors

 
January 27th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Aspen Leaf Interiors 

Design objective

The main objective of this project was to create a minimalist design, white box for a contemporary home located in Lake Tahoe on the Truckee River outside of Squaw Valley, California. The design needed to be clean with no frills and render a solution that is bright and explores both positive and negative spaces.

The kitchen and family room show the straight lines, monochromatic materials and notes of high contrast between surfaces that delivered the desired design to the clients, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

  • Architects: Aspen Leaf Interiors
  • Project: Crystal Clear
  • Location: In Lake Tahoe on the Truckee River near Olympic Valley, California, USA
  • Photography: Tom Zikas
  • Building Designer: The Sandbox Studio
  • Builder: Mark Tanner Construction
  • Interior Design: Aspen Leaf Interiors
  • Square Feet: 3,267 sq. ft.
  • Year Completed: Remodel/addition, completed 2016

The family room has a unique light fixture and glass doors that open to the patio overlooking the river, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

We used straight lines, monochromatic materials and notes of high contrast between surfaces to deliver the desired design to our clients, keeping in mind the restrictions and opportunities from the architecture itself. We strived to elongate the lines while flushing the planes and using many shadow lines in the materials as transitions and enhancements to the compositions. The use of straight-grain exotic woods and unique light fixtures, glass and large format 3’x3’ limestone flooring that extends to the pool decks, were also very important in delivering the desired design objective. 

The kitchen and the stairs leading to the entry and to upstairs show the large format Spanish limestone which flows throughout the interior and exterior of the home, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

The monochromatic kitchen has a functional island and lots of light, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

Setting and Environment:

The home looks over the Truckee River outside of Squaw Valley and offers unobstructed views of the water and mountains from many of the public living spaces . Geothermal energy was introduced to power the home and heat the decks. The many decks can become integral to the interior spaces by usage of large openings that combine all spaces. A lap pool and hot tub both overlook the river.

The family room and the media room to the left are separated by a functional custom-made mahogany divider, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

The dining room has a unique skylight and glass light fixture. Sliding glass doors open up on one side to the patio and outdoor kitchen overlooking the river, and to other side the front of the home, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

Special Details:

Throughout the home unique design details set this home apart from its peers, including reglet reveals in place of traditional trim molding, floating soffits, trimless glass railings, sleek Italian glass kitchen, mahogany cabinets made from a single tree, and Spanish limestone flowing throughout the interior and exterior. A custom massage room, a sauna built from Aspen wood for health and sustainability, and a creek that flows under the house add additional interest and uniqueness to the estate.

The back of the home has an extensive deck with a lap pool and hot tub overlooking the river. Geothermal energy was introduced to power the home and heat the decks, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

A guest bedroom with mahogany cabinetry and a custom-made bed frame, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

This home is aesthetically exceptional while being in sync with global architectural movements that feature precision and sophistication. The builder, design team, and subcontractors were challenged throughout the process to keep the aesthetics simple, without the use of case or base, incorporating precision with level 5 walls and plaster, use of large format limestone tiles throughout the indoors and outdoors, and trim less glass panels, to bring site conditions into alignment with the client’s requirements and vision.

The custom massage room, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

The Spanish limestone flooring extends seamlessly beyond the sliding doors of the massage room to the exterior of the home, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

The sauna was built from Aspen wood for health and sustainability, Image Courtesy © Tom Zikas

before photos, Image Courtesy © Aspen Leaf Interiors

before photos, Image Courtesy © Aspen Leaf Interiors

before photos, Image Courtesy © Aspen Leaf Interiors

before photos, Image Courtesy © Aspen Leaf Interiors

before photos, Image Courtesy © Aspen Leaf Interiors

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