Woodsy Tahoe Cabin


When a former client reached out to us with a clear vision for her family’s Sierra Nevada vacation home, we couldn’t wait to join the project. Nestled among the ponderosas and sugar pines of North Lake Tahoe, this new-build home is both quintessential cabin and modern retreat rolled into one. We were at the ready to advise on everything from wood paneling to deck design, drawing inspiration from the natural surroundings and our client’s desire for no-fuss, minimalism balanced with homey, vintage finds. Along the way, we made space-conscious choices so this 2,800 square foot A-frame can accommodate the whole extended family with ease.

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The home mixes classic cabin elements—an a-frame structure, cedar exterior, exposed beams and wood ceilings—with really clean, modern updates like minimal black metal window frames, slab panel doors, and fresh white walls. Those elements keep the space feeling bright and current, and create a perfect setting for the modern, minimal furnishings our client loves. The forested surroundings inspired the layered wood finishes used throughout the home — from the thick cedar-slab dining table to redwood exterior. In the guest bedrooms and master, the color palettes were built around heirloom patchwork quilts, handed down to our client by her grandmother.  

Downstairs, a generously-sized dining table spaciously seats 10—the built-in bench not only has a smaller footprint in the room, but allows for additional people to squeeze in if necessary. Upstairs, the kid’s bunk room can accommodate up to 6—cue the cousin sleepovers! We sourced these super-functional beds that allow for a full mattress on the lower level, and a twin mattress on top.

Architecture & Engineering: Evolve Design Works, Contractor: Markus Burkhart, Photographer: Suzanna Scott Photography