Hollywood In Tahoe's Woods

Tahoe Quarterly
Alison Bender & Vance Fox Photography

The front door leads into an innovative square entryway, at the center of which is a powder bathroom. One arrives at the kitchen in either direction—going past the entrance to the garage or past the built-in storage, bench and sculpture nook. The main part of the kitchen is separated from the living room—the original cabin—by a white onyx waterfall countertop that matches the kitchen backsplash. The white is bright against the warm woods used in most of the house: Flooring is from Nor-Cal Floor Design, an engineered old-growth Bavarian end-cut oak, cut to resemble six-inch-by-six-inch square end pieces. The ceiling is cedar while walls and woodwork is mostly a sapele hardwood that resembles redwood. “We used every little scrap of the sapele we purchased,” Bruce says. “I don’t think we had anything leftover in the end.” These pieces were used, for example, under the white onyx counter bar and for a headboard in one of the downstairs suites.

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