Burnt Cedar by Faulkner Architects

This is a full-time beach house for a car passionate family of four situated across from Burnt Cedar Beach in Incline Village, Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Prior to being pulled up the hill to flumes and rails destined for Virginia City, logs were staged here as the mountains around the lake shore were logged during the silver mining years of the 1860s.

Set into a neighborhood originally built in the 1950s and bordered by houses to the sides and rear, the house takes a simple box form, half buried into the slope. It faces the lake with full height glazing that encloses a loft-like plan with double height living spaces. The clients requested a space that felt like the landscape and maintained a feeling inside of being outside in the light and shadow play of the sixty to ninety-foot Jeffrey and Ponderosa pines that populate the lake shore.

Perforated wood ceilings and acoustical plaster walls soften the sounds of the concrete and glass pavilion-like house. An underground garage is excavated under the house with level access to the street, a must in this snowy climate for a family with an eclectic car collection.




Type: Residential
Year: 2015
Location: Incline Village, NV
Team: Greg Faulkner
Darrell Linscott
Jenna Shropshire
Owen Wright
May Kemp
Richard Szitar
Gordon Magnin
Photographer: Joe Fletcher
Contractor: Crestwood Construction
Interior Design: EKR Design Studio
Tahoe Quarterly Mountain Home 2020, Modern Home Award.
Wade, Stephanie. Burnt Cedar, Faulkner Architects’ Striking House on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Ignant, 03 March 2020. Print and Web.
Mauk, Laura. Scene Stealer: This Minimalist Lake Tahoe House Makes a Splash. Wallpaper*, 13 October 2017. Print and Web.
Baum Lagdameo, Jennifer. An Uplifting Lake Tahoe Retreat Uses Light as a Building Material. Dwell, 10 May 2018. Web.
Eldredge, Barbara. Modern Tahoe Retreat Frames Stunning Views. Curbed, 09 January 2018. Web.
McKnight, Jenna. ìFaulkner Architects Creates Family Home with Sweeping Lake Tahoe Views. Dezeen, 08 January 2018. Web.



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