Upon purchasing a decades-old A-frame near Lake Tahoe, CA, architect Curtis Popp set about renovating the home, not aggressively, but thoughtfully, in a way that respected the original building. He explains, "We wanted to eliminate the things that weren’t working and exploit the things that were."
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Without losing the funky modernism that’d attracted him initially, Popp aimed to bring the place into the 21st century, so he and his wife and their two children would be comfortable in all seasons. Where there were aging aluminum windows, Popp put in higher-performing replacements whose wood frames complement the wall (and ceiling) paneling.
Black and Tan
Dubbed Homewood, the A-frame now boasts a cohesive color palette, a combination of matte black trim and the "pecky" cedar that's so prevalent throughout. The black-and-tan theme continues even to the furniture, many pieces of which are mid-century classics Popp inherited from his mother.
A Sense of Humor
Popp reserves a sense of humor about the project, for as much as A-frames are practical in design, they also possess an uncommon degree of personality. As Popp quips, “They keep the snow off the roof, but they make people smile, too.”
The bathrooms and kitchen were the only rooms that Popp truly re-did. Fearing that full-size appliances would leave the kitchen out of scale with the other rooms, he installed European-made "micro" appliances. The Bertazonni range, 28 inches wide, is the only appliance visible; the rest are built into the cabinetry to save room for countertops.
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