Sunset Living Area

Sunset Living Area, originally uploaded by c8mills.

The Pluses:
Custom work—the stonework is all hand laid, the trim is finely detailed, the lighting fixtures and metal work are all custom iron.

Bold Colors—the colors are these intense deep vibrant hues. And they use a lot of different ones in small doses all over the house.

Outdoor shower—I adore outside showers. This one is fully enclosed in a separate room on the side of the house with French doors going into the master suite. It has a roof and a lumber grating where a window would be, so it really didn’t feel that “outdoorsy.”

Wide open deck—made of concrete. I didn’t find out if they had hydronics underneath, because if they don’t, they are going to be hating life when a 12-foot snowstorm comes. Lots of room for people and parties, and sunbathing (except that you couldn’t because of all the golfers walking by).

Separate guest house—we both loved the guest house and decided that’s where we’d stay. Just a bedroom with a tiny bathroom and a fireplace.

Extra large windows and sliding glass walls that fold completely out of the way. Really opened up the south side of the house to sunlight and fresh air to counteract the darkness.

The Minuses:
Exposed concrete walls—I know they are economical and help mitigate temperature fluctuations, and it’s suppose to be all modern and cool, but it really looks tacky.

Out of area landscape architect—Truckee’s environment is so unique, they should have gone with an experienced local in this area. They are going to be sorry.

Too exposed to golf course—First thing I’d do is it plant really big trees and fill in with bushes. It’s not just a “golf course view,” it’s wide-open, everybody-stare-in, view.

Dark interior—a big pet peeve of mine. All of these very expensive Tahoe homes have deep overhangs and little windows, mostly painted deep colors, dark rockwork, with dark wood floors and trim. It’s the style, I understand, but it would get depressing to live with daily.

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