Building site-sensitive structures in destinations such as Lake Tahoe requires special care when it comes to preserving the local environment. Taking this approach to heart, the architects at Turnbull Griffin Haesloop left the land virtually untouched by building new atop the footprint of an old 1950’s house and garage. The resulting home blends in beautifully with its surroundings while offering residents incredible views of the adjacent meadow and lake beyond.
Paying close attention to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Best Management Practices, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop ensured that no trees were harmed or removed from the project’s site, and additional environmental measures were used throughout the property to ensure minimal impact to the house’s breathtaking surroundings. All water runoff from the house is captured and percolated into the groundwater system, and the driveway is paved with environmentally-sensitive TerraPave.
Sustainable materials were used throughout the project including recycled denim insulation, recycled glass countertops, and reclaimed wood flooring. Passive heating strategies were prioritized to make the most of the available sunlight that shines through the densely wooded areas, and the overall design emphasizes sustainable site and construction strategies.