Modern Mountain Design

1990 Kokanee Way

Today I toured a newly revamped home in the Tahoe Keys that fully embodies Modern Mountain Design. It was  tasteful, clean, and contemporary while still lending to the raw, rustic mountain feel we all love about the Tahoe mountain lifestyle.


Many of the mountain chalets of yore—with their rustic log construction and charming shingled roofs—were not designed to withstand the test of time. Which is why, in recent years, innovative architects and designers have been using new technologies and materials to construct contemporary homes in high places. Modern mountain architecture and design will typically incorporate local materials like native cut timber and locally quarried stone left in their natural states, in it’s finishes. To compliment the natural wood and stone materials and steel accents, modern mountain design tends to opt for neutral color palettes of whites, grays and blues rather than bolder reds, yellows and greens.