A Home With Lakeside Allure
On Tahoe’s west shore, a family embraces all that summer has to offer while making new memories
The spacious kitchen has, like Noah’s ark, two of everything: islands, refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers. When the house is full on July 4 and other holidays, they make good use of the appliances, the homeowner says, noting, “I don’t like a cramped refrigerator.”
While the kitchen is certainly a gathering spot, on any given summer day, family members scatter to go on hikes or ride bikes on local trails. Water sports include wake surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and taking late afternoon boat cruises.
Facing east-northeast, the home is protected from the wind, and the sky takes on a pink and purple cast as the sun sets behind it in the west. “It’s a fantastic orientation to the lake,” Gillespie says. A fire pit near the house is a favorite gathering spot in the evening after meals, as are wood fires in the original stone fireplace on the beach.
Since the family spends so much time outdoors, the patios and landscape were also a priority. Again, a blend of styles prevails. “She wanted every square inch dialed in and for it to have an English-style garden feel in a mountain setting,” says Patrick McEnany of High West Landscape Architects.
Stepping-stone paths wind around the house and down to the lake. Perennial gardens feature peonies, coral bells, day lilies, hostas and many other varieties, while moss adds a soft texture between stones on the paths. “Even after the first year, the garden was amazing,” says the homeowner. “It is incredible how full it looked. Not a month goes by when we don’t use the house, but we really love it in the summer.”
ARCHITECTURE Sandbox INTERIOR DESIGN Kathy Best Design CONSTRUCTION Mark Tanner Construction LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT High West Landscape Architects