Fabulous lakefront mountain cabin nestled on the shores of Lake Tahoe


 Sandbox Studio designed this incredible rustic lakefront mountain cabin retreat, located on Carnelian Bay, a community on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California. This 6,168 square foot lodge-like cabin fronts 200 feet of beachfront property. It is composed of some of the cabins that once housed athletes in the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley. Harmonizing with its surroundings, this home takes advantage of lake views and the Sierra Nevada foothills from every room. Living spaces have been designed to accomodate small and intimate family gatherings as well as larger extended family. Reclaimed materials can be found throughout, sourcing from naval shipyards in California to barns in Pennsylvania and heavy timbers from British Columbia. 

Project Team: Architect: The Sandbox Studio / Interior Designer: Julie Johnson-Holland / Builder: NSM Construction / Land Planner: Ogilvy Consulting


Outdoor activities are in abundance, making it difficult for guests to leave after spending a long day enjoying the lake. This home is equipped to handle plenty of overnight visitors, boasting five guest master bedroom suites. There are also several outdoor lounge areas, which includes an upper-level sun deck. There are also plenty of relaxing indoor spaces, such as a kids’ lounge area and a reading loft framing lakefront vistas.


What We Love: This lakefront mountain cabin boasts exquisite details both indoors and out. Although the material palette is rough, it is applied a way that brings sophistication to this rustic dwelling. This home’s rustic styling is evocative of old-world Lake Tahoe, loaded with warmth and comfort thanks to the furnishings, fixtures and accessories along with the reclaimed wood. Every detail throughout has been well planned and executed, creating a timeless aesthetic to enjoy for years to come… Readers, please share with us what your overall thoughts are on the design of this home in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of our favorite home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Sandbox Studio: Ski lodge blending rustic modern details in Martis Camp and Idyllic mountain farmhouse style retreat in California’s High Sierra.


Above: The vaulted living room boasts a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace as the focal point. Retractable sliding glass door panels opens this fantastic space out to the fireside lakefront terrace.


Above: The dining room features has walls of glass doors on three-sides, opening to both covered and uncovered terraces. Highlights to this space includes reclaimed barnwood flooring, stone columns and picturesque views of Lake Tahoe.


Above: The beautiful chef’s kitchen offers an expansive island, high-end appliances and wine refrigerator built into a stone wall.


Above: The cozy family room features a fireplace, television and pool table. Dual walls of glass doors opens this space out to the lakefront terrace.


Above: A bedroom boasts an exquisite stone fireplace, a lakefront terrace and sitting area, reclaimed barnwood beams, ceiling and flooring.



Above: A reading loft boasts views of Lake Tahoe. The material palette for this space includes a reclaimed barnwood ceiling and hand-hewn wall planking.


Above: This fireside terrace is accessible from the Dining Room, Great Room and Family Room.


Above: A close-up detail of the guest master wing. Exterior materials include: reclaimed plank siding with faux chinking, and a corrugated metal roof.


Above: The exterior facade of this lakefront cabin features reclaimed heavy timbers, siding, stone and a corrugated metal roof.



Photos: Vance Fox Photography

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