Rustic mid-century home with spectacular mountain views

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Lahontan House 356 is a stunning rustic mid-century home designed by Ryan Group Architects in the community of Lahontan, on the 14th Fairway in Truckee, California. Lahontan is a 906 acre community nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in a secluded valley just moments from the clear water shores of Lake Tahoe. Lahontan’s golf and living experience rivals the finest private golf communities in the nation. The clients, who are from San Francisco, asked the architects to design a home that is sensible, practical and understated. The programming required distinct zoning, living space appropriately scaled for two people and a love of natural, beautiful materials, the simplicity and function of a 1950s aesthetic became obvious. The majority of the 5,076 square foot house sits on one level, reaching out horizontally to capture spectacular views of Lookout Mountain and the Pacific Crest from almost every space.

The scale of the entire house hits the perfect note between wide open and warm cocoon. The entry is instantly warm and inviting, the daisy-shaped wood veneer light fixture in the foyer, the first of many whimsical touches. As the entry opens to the living spaces beyond, the soothing ambiance created by the surrounding natural finishes and muted tones are dotted with punctuations of orange. Except for a few gable forms, rooflines are mostly low-pitched sheds, keeping the structure humble and deferential to the landscape. A transitional space that pulls together the interior and exterior, the backyard fire pit area features a bench whose detailing embodies the simple elegance of the home’s design and contextual response to the neighborhood.

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The exterior is finished cleanly with basalt fieldstone, cedar siding and hot rolled steel panels, all appropriate for its alpine setting, but the house sidesteps being neatly categorized as “mountain modern” with its surprisingly mid-century style.

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The yellow leather sofa is made by Cisco Brothers from Los Angeles and the coffee table is made by IZM.

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The living room, located off the main entry and dining room, features a warm, comfortable interior with 1950’s-era furnishings.


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Multiple layered lighting enhances the kitchen space when day lighting recedes.

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The master bedroom boasts an elevated fireplace inside and a private balcony with views of the golf course outside.

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All of the structural wood elements for this home are made from Douglas fir. The painted steel connectors were created by the design team for the specific location used.

Photos: Ethan Rohloff Photography


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