Yellow Jacket Residence

Lake Tahoe

Nestled in the forested slopes of the Sierra Nevadas, this rugged yet majestic lakeside mountain retreat makes minimal impact on the land.



Lake Tahoe, Nevada




Architecture (including Interior Architecture)

Project Partners

Saint Dizier Design, Interior Design


Private Client


Under Construction

Having designed this client’s vacation home in Hawaii, de Reus Architects was contracted to craft their newest retreat alongside Lake Tahoe. Working around existing Ponderosa Pines and Western Red Cedars, this four bedroom two-story home’s main gathering areas were placed on the upper level to take advantage of lake views. Covered and open-air decks provide extensive outdoor living for the family.

The architectural design utilizes a traditional gable roof supported by timber trusses with large overhangs. Modern and durable exterior finish materials were selected including natural tree trunk columns, blackened steel railings and Ironwood handrails. Site drainage swales with a Japanese influenced rock pattern control drainage at the base of the house.

The interior pulls influences from the exterior palate with grey-stained rift, sawn white oak doors and cabinets, light grey wide plank oak floors, blackened steel hearth and trim details and the split face grey limestone carried across the expansive fireplace surround.

Yellow Jacket Tahoe Residence Interior- de Reus Architects Luxury Mountain Residential

“Other architects say, ‘I’m the expert.’ de Reus is more collaborative. They made us feel as if our input really mattered, they listened, and they made the design process extremely fun.”


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Yellow Jacket Tahoe Residence Nightime Exterior - de Reus Architects Luxury Mountain Residential