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Dreamy mid-century modern home breathes new life in Lake Tahoe

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Lot C Architecture was responsible for the remodel of this beautiful 1970s mid-century home located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, California. The home is nestled on a half-acre, adjacent to the Incline Village Championship Golf Course. When the owners decided to sell their home, which was originally designed by renowned architect Cliff May, a Bay Area couple jumped at the opportunity. This would be their full-time residence and they knew they had not just found a house, but a home. The family of five wanted their home to emphasize the area’s beautiful natural surroundings, but in non-traditional Tahoe way.

Requiring a lot of work, the homeowners still fell in love with the mid-century style of architecture — open spaces and connection to the outdoors. They were committed to modernizing the home, yet preserving the Cliff May vision. Contracting builder Mark Tanner Construction, the home was completely renovated. The project team integrated as much salvaged and repurposed material as possible in the overall design. An additional 200-square-foot was integrated into the 3,000 square foot design — made cohesive with the existing exterior and roofline.

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What We Love: This fabulous home was infused with mid-century style, walnut cabinetry, sleek lines and plenty of glass. Although protecting the original design was important, there was also a focus on creating a kid-friendly environment, which was pulled off beautifully. Expanding and slightly reconfiguring the layout to accommodate an additional bedroom, the design team did an amazing job of working mainly in the confines of the original footprint. We are also loving the impressive vaulted ceiling in the living room, which is 27-feet high!

Readers, please share with us in the Comments what you think of this Lake Tahoe home. Are there any details you would like to have seen done differently? 

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Above: An open and airy living room features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, framing views of the wooded landscape beyond. Post and beam construction was used in this space to support the vaulted ceiling. A narrow skylight runs along the ridge of the ceiling. Sliding glass doors leads out to a wrap-around deck, blurring the lines between indoors and out.

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Above: The original white masonry walls of the fireplace surround were removed. In their place, a striking scalloped Athens silver travertine.

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Above: The original vertical-planked pecky cedar walls were refinished. Cable lighting was selected throughout the interiors, as it offers low-impact illumination. Flanking the fireplace are built-in niches to display family photos and collectibles. Above the fireplace is a cleverly concealed, drop-down television.

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Above: The hardwood flooring throughout the main living spaces was also preserved, adding character to the home. The floors are circle sawn pegged white oak with exposed nail heads.

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Above: The dining table was sourced from Room & Board, while the light fixture above is the Firefly 9 bulb brass pendant light from CB2 (pendants stagger in length on black cords 19″ to 52″).

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Above: The custom cabinetry in the kitchen is all walnut, while the countertops are Caesarstone quartz. The backsplash was installed by Amazing Tile & Stone. Originally the kitchen was small and cramped, where a wall separated it from the dining room. After the wall was torn down, the space offers excellent circulation and plenty of natural light. A pantry was cleverly punched out onto the deck.

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Above: The original powder room was in red tones. Now it is crisp and clean with a porcelain sink set atop a custom walnut vanity. A backsplash of geometric tiles adds dimension, sourced from Bedrosians Tile & Stone in Reno, Nevada.

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Above: The master bedroom is located on the ground level, away from the main living spaces. This room originally had dropped ceilings, which were removed to expose a beautiful wood-beamed ceiling. The fireplace was given a facelift, featuring a hot-rolled steel surround. The television was recessed into the wall above. Sliding glass doors provides private access out to the wrap-around deck, a hot tub and beyond to the forest.

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Above: The master bathroom was completely revamped, highlighting sliding barn door style mirrors with medicine cabinets concealed behind them. There are two kids bedrooms just beyond the master suite, that are accessed down a short set of steps. This area of the house was expanded to accommodate an additional bedroom, which originally only had one. The two bedrooms share a fully renovated bathroom.

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Above: In a lofted area overlooking the living room and adjacent to the entryway is a game room that has been transformed into a library/office/den. It features a full bathroom. Also on this level are one of the kids bedrooms, which has access to this bathroom via jack-and-jill doors.

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Above: In the mudroom, the original dropped ceiling were removed to allow for locker storage for the family’s outdoor gear. The custom designed lockers —composed of walnut — are fronted with wire-mesh to allow for proper ventilation. The basalt tiles on the floor are very durable.

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Above: The project team added a section of clear-stained cedar siding to the exterior facade. This was set perpendicular to the cool gray-painted board and batten siding that was original to the home. In classic ranch style, a deep overhang provides shelter to a modest front porch with pavers set in a Versaille pattern. A wood and glass panel door sourced from High Sierra Custom Door floods the front entryway with natural light.

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Above: Outdoors, landscape architect Hill & Dale in Tahoe Vista, created a peaceful oasis for the homeowners. A built-in fire pit is surrounded by Adirondack chairs. The patio and sprawling walkways feature arched bridges and original Asian decorative statues. There is also a natural creek on this property.

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Photos: Vance Fox Photography

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What a fascinating house!! It will be more helpful if the floor plan is available.