Lavish Mountain Home Design or Classic Tahoe-Style Ski Chalet? What’s the Trend?


When one turns back time in mountain home design, one will find that the finer ski escapes of yesteryear were dictated by the availability of local materials, elevation and snowpack, and sheer help. Today is a new day where the design of the classic ski chalet homes are being replaced by some of the finest mountain home architectural designs in the world.

Small windows (to keep heat inside) and steep rooflines (to encourage the snow to slide) have been replaced with eco-friendly LEED design options that continue to test the challenges that come with high-elevation living; pair that with the extraordinary mountain home design elements that have turned the classic ski chalets into award-winning Legacy homes and only time will tell what we will see through this impressive evolution of architectural design.

Here in the bourgeoning Lake Tahoe and Truckee mountain resort region, this market in particular demands more than a home where the family can gather, sit around the fire, and share stories of yester-year. They are seeking an escape from their primary residence and looking for luxuries that make coming to destinations like Lahontan, Martis Camp and other distinguished mountain communities a once in a lifetime experience, every time.

In the next few months, I’ll be sharing various concepts of mountain home design. In the mean time, if you have any questions about how to build a mountain home within the ecologically sensitive region like Lake Tahoe or Truckee, California, feel free to reach out.