Incline Village Selected as “Prettiest Town in Nevada”

As one who has designed mountain homes and lakeside estates in Lake Tahoe and Truckee, you can imagine how excited we were at Borelli Architecture in Incline Village to read a recent article from Architectural Digest that selected our hometown as the “Prettiest Town in Nevada.”  We are exceptionally impressed that this award was based on a variety of features that included accolades for the community’s home designs and architecture in particular.

Here’s how this all came together as noted on the publication’s website:

 Rich in architecture and layered with nature—whether it’s canopies of trees, a beach that stretches for miles, or the glass-like surface on a lake or river—each U.S. state hosts more than one town that will take your breath away. From the East Coast to all the way to the West, we have listed are our favorites, with special love for small towns that are also abundant in culture. So put on your hiking boots and get ready to explore. Chances are, you’ll come back home with memories that will last a lifetime, or even a new piece of art to hang in your home.

Mountain Home Design Wrapped in Spectacular Settings

From the north shore of Lake Tahoe to top of Incline Village, Borelli Architecture had has the opportunity to design a wide variety of homes to complement the setting that Architectural Digest fell in love with.  We did too, long ago.

And, we thought this might be a nice opportunity to give you a sneak peak of homes designed to complement all that Mother Nature has to offer right here in the High Sierra:

Highway 28 – North Lake Tahoe

902 Jennifer – Incline Village

 615 Woodridge Circle – Incline Village

When you are ready to remodel or build a home in Lake Tahoe and seek an architect who knows all about designing mountain homes or lakeside estates, I would be honored to show you my portfolio and discuss your next steps.

Just contact me at my Architect office in Incline.

James P. Borelli
Borelli Architecture
Truckee / Lake Tahoe

Top Architectural Home Designs For the Perfect Pooch Palace

Did you know that according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), just under half of the American households have a dog?  And as home to many fine pooches over the years, my wife Kelly and I fully understand why.

After many wonderful years sharing our mountain home that I designed in Lake Tahoe for my family – which included Dexter who we recently had to put down – we now have a new pup, Jasper (pictured above), who is just getting to know his new digs.

As I walked around our home in Incline Village with my new pal in hand, I realized that there are new opportunities for me to add some innovative or just plain appropriate features into my architectural designs for mountain home in Truckee and lakeside estates at Tahoe.

Here are a few of the top tips that I will recommend to my future clients who seek my architectural design services in North Lake Tahoe and the Truckee region.  Regardless of what my clients will request for their furry friend, I will certainly make sure the design is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing.

Top Ideas for Pet Friendly Architectural Home Design

  1. Ceiling to Floor Windows – With the views the come with owning a home in the High Sierra, big windows are pretty much a given. Jasper likes to pretend he’s our new watch-dog, and I can tell he enjoys sitting by the large floor to ceiling windows in our living room. As I design pet friendly homes in the future, I’ll make a special note to ask my clients about where they spend their time; and make sure there are plenty of floor level windows, so their pet can enjoy the views as well.
  2. Mud Room – Most of the mountain home entries are tiled to take the beating that comes with wind, sleet, snow and such. In this situation, I’ll also add a drain in the center so it’s easy to hose down the dirt that a dog (and owners) will inevitably bring into the home.
  3. Dog Wash – This might be an addition to the Mud Room or a separate small room close to the garage or other outdoor entry. The convenient Mud Room will include plenty of storage for towels, shampoo, dryers, and include a good-sized sink for bathing and rinsing out the food and water bowls.
  4. Lower Ventilation System – For home with wooden floors, I’ll review options for a floor level vacuum system that would make the task of sweeping up dog hair a much more efficient process than a good old-fashioned broom.
  5. Pet Accessible Entrances / Exits –As humans we come and go in and out of our home at a variety of locations; why not the pet? I will suggest several pet-accessible options as long as they blend into the architectural design of the home.
  6. Organic Materials – Although this is not part of the architectural design, I’ll work with my wife Kelly who owns Kelly Borelli Interiors and has been providing exceptional design services to Lake Tahoe resort homes and commercial clients for over 20 years. She will have some excellent insight on low-volatile-organic-compound-containing paints, among other assets like resilient flooring and stain-resistant fabrics.

There are many additional architectural design features to make a pet feel right at home and a good fit into your own personality and desires as well. When the time comes when you are ready to build a pet friendly home in Lake Tahoe or throughout the Truckee region, I’d be honored to help your furry friends have a home that they deserve.

Call or contact me at any time!

James P. Borelli
Borelli Architecture
Truckee / Lake Tahoe