Award Nominee: Zephyr Cove Sanctuary
Heller Construction, Inc., 12219 Business Park Dr. #4, Truckee, CA 96161
530.587.4827 | www.hellerbuilt.com
Katherine Elkins Designs, Ltd., 4380 Raven Dr, Fallon, NV 89406
775.287.8201 | www.elkinsdesignsltd.com
Ward-Young Architecture & Planning, 12010 Donner Pass Rd, #201, Truckee, CA 96161
530.587.3859 | www.wyarch.com
Inspired by the property’s location, the goal was to maximize the Lake Tahoe view, provide a great place for entertaining and create a home resilient to the elements. Materials used include high performance IB Roof maximizing water tightness with a challenging “bow-tie” roof, Hot Rolled Metal siding – fire resistant on hill side and Cedar Decks accented by I-beam framed cable railing. Inside, ceramic tile flooring throughout adds durability and ease of cleaning. Weiland Lift and Slide doors open the dining and kitchen to expansive Lake and Sierra views.
At 2,968 square feet, this Ward-Young designed 3-bed, 3.5 bath home combines modern sophistication with the rugged beauty of the lake and steep mountain setting. The high ceilings and large windows of the living, dining and kitchen areas allow for the beauty of Lake Tahoe to become part of the background. The entry level is made up of common spaces and encapsulates you in a warm winter’s nest. But as soon as the seasons change and the lift and slide doors open, the space transforms into a phenomenal entertaining area. Meanwhile, the sleeping and lounging areas are separated downstairs for a quiet, peaceful refuge.
This challenging build, completed by Heller Construction, Inc., is on a narrow, .25 acre down sloping parcel with the home notched into the hillside. The metal bowtie roof makes for an interesting architectural detail to admire, as well as creating a spectacular interior showcasing of the vertical grain ceiling material. The interiors by Katherine Elkins Designs, Ltd. were designed to soften the rugged outside landscape with sleek lines and subtle hues. The light rift oak cabinets and Sequel Quartz used in the kitchen accentuates the brightness from outside. This home has full exposure to the surrounding environments, making its fire-resistant metal siding crucial to the design and build.