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Rustic barn-inspired ski cabin in Sugar Bowl

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This rustic barn inspired ski cabin is situated in the old world Tahoe village of Sugar Bowl, California and designed by Kelly and Abramson Architecture. The exterior siding, interior floors, railings and massive beams all came from reclaimed barn wood. Hoping to make the 5,200 square foot building as green as possible, the owners also used Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified framing lumber, formaldehyde-free plywood, and soy-based foam insulation.

But the barn is also a fun vacation home, with six bedrooms in total, two of which are kids’ rooms with built-in bunk beds, a loft, and a massive fireplace in the living room for cozy entertaining. Other details include industrial light fixtures from Europe, a farmhouse sink bought off Craigslist, and decorator touches courtesy of eBay. For aprè-ski, a large outdoor deck features a built-in fire pit and helical stairs that wind around a water tower hot tub. Sally Ward was the interior designer on the project who demonstrates a playful, warm and sophisticated style.

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This is a new house. The concept was that it should look like it was there before the ski resort was built.

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The owner really got into the barn theme and purchased many items from e-bay.

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The spacious kitchen has a great layout, nice and open. Functional but friendly. Open cabinets are great when there are a lot of guests. There are two dishwashers, two refrigerators, five foot long range and walk in pantry.

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This is the loft overlooking the living room. All ceiling beams are ornamental. The middle post has a steel post in the middle.

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The wood beam ceiing in this bedroom mimics the structure of the house, gambrel barn. The wood with plaster walls has more texture than seen in the photos.

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The guest room. There is radiant heat floors throughout, the ceiling register is for a back up forced air system.

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The fire pit is not really warm enough to keep you warm on cold days. The deck has a snowmelt system. No shoveling

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Helical metal stairs around the water tank.

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Photos: Courtesy of Kelly and Abramson Architecture

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