The use of on-site quarried rock, manganese bricks, reclaimed wood, and stucco give this mountain-lux chalet a bold yet playful curb appeal. The movement created by the interplay of rock and brick provide kinesis to the grounded weight of the large boulder and the otherwise linear form of the home.
The rails and picket boards of this mountain chalet's master bedroom deck were made from an old fence that MLC reclaimed from a Kings Beach residence. It serves as a rustic balance to the modern impression that the stucco and black windows give.
Each board has a unique patina which provides for a wide range of colors while still feeling uniform in it's presentation.
A front elevation that is predominately garage doors can be considered an architectural handicap. We took advantage of this street elevation by creating a fortress like entrance.
We anchored the entire first story of the original chalet with tapered masonry columns. The masonry is a mix of lichen speckled volcanic balsite that was quarried on the property which has a large rock formation that cascades from the hilltop above. The intermixed manganese bricks are used in several playful ways throughout the exterior of the home. Coping bricks are used as the water table.
The trim-less garage door jambs are 4"x16" reclaimed timbers, and the garage doors are clad with 2"x 12" reclaimed barnwood siding which was sourced from the Sierra Valley, just an hour north of Truckee.
This Donner Lake front home is inspired by Codswall cottage architecture.