"Truss house" on Lake Tahoe:
Located on the main road around Lake Tahoe this house is actually an
addition and remodel to an old dilapidated house originally built
right on the road due to a steep and difficult site.
The new eco house (green building) is structurally supported by a
rust patina steel truss cantilevering over the steep site allowing
less site building coverage and less negative environmental impact
to this Lake Tahoe sensitive natural site.
Due to high levels of road noise because of the house being on a
busy state route, the house was designed with no windows on that
side, the siding on that side is textured recycled tire rubber to
absorb sound. Garage siding is wire retained fractured local rock
(sloped gabion style rock wall) to blend in with local natural
environment with a green growing roof planted with local indigenous
Lake Tahoe mountain plants and wildflowers. The green growing roof
is meant to lessen the visual impact of this green eco house as
travelers enjoy the spectacular Lake Tahoe view while they are
Master bedroom is designed with all glass to lake view wrapping
around to a partial glass floor to view natural site features as:
boulder outcroppings and downward view of lake. Roll-up glass garage
doors are designed on each side of master bedroom wing to open up as
far as possible to this very special, natural outside environment.