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Breathtaking Recycled Timber Home in Tahoe Can Withstand the Heaviest Snowstorm

by , 11/02/11

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The Tahoe Ridge house takes its design inspiration from the region’s former incarnation as a Gold Rush town. Vernacular mining architecture, such as stamp mills used to break up hard rock, were vertically elongated – hence the home’s similar length. The floor plan is arranged around two orthogonal axes and receives its structural support from 10′ x 10′ recycled douglas fir posts.

Given the vast amount of snow that Tahoe receives every year, it was particularly important to ensure that the Tahoe Ridge House was built to be not only sustainable, but strong. This is easily achieved with galvulume metal siding and locally-sourced Western Red Cedar on the exterior, while the interior is buttressed with large recycled timbers and heavy metal bracketing. Not neglecting to warm the place, WA Design used granite from the nearby mountains to construct massive, heart-warming fireplaces. This place makes us want to pull out our mittens and make a cup of hot cider. How about you?

+ WA Design Architecture

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  1. anothervoice November 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Those windows don’t look particularly efficient…

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