Truckee Architect Kurt Reinken's assisted the Bay Area client in selecting the home site in the middle of a blizzard on snowshoes. The unique cross slope and rock outcrops are embraced by an entry courtyard. The theme was for a timeless and low maintenance Lake Tahoe style family lodge. The siding is a mix of reclaimed skip sheathing from a tobacco drying barn in the Carolinas and rusted Corten steel. The goal was for an informal vacation experience. Three suites and a bunk room are pulled apart to the far ends of the home offering maximum privacy. The owners' favorite space is the breakfast nook that is stone inside and out with southern windows looking towards Look Out Mountain. Hydronic heat has been run behind the stone so that the space is warm during the frigid Truckee winter mornings.

Style:Lodge or Cabin/ Rustic
Architect:Kurt Reinkens - MWA, Inc.
Structural Engineer:MWA, Inc.
Builder:Sunco Homes, Scott Wallstrom
Photographer:Vance Fox

We are writing to recommend Kurt Reinkens of MWA, lnc. based on his outstanding work on the design and construction of our home at Lahontan.

After purchasing a lot in the spring of 2006, we retained Kurt to develop plans. Within a few months, the plans were completed, we retained a contractor, and we obtained approval from Lahontan to proceed. The process was flawless and working with Kurt and his staff was a pleasure. He helped us select an excellent contractor and he developed a set of plans that maximized our views yet still preserved our privacy. Once construction was underway, Kurt worked closely with us and with our contractor to select interior and exterior finishes. He also developed an excellent landscape plan and helped us select a landscape contractor.

Because we live in the Bay Area, a lot of our communication with Kurt was by e-mail or telephone conference. We found him to be very responsive, so that designing and building a new home “long range” wasn’t a problem. We especially appreciated the fact that hurt would typically propose a number of solutions to an issue, give us the pros and cons of each, so we felt fully informed when making decisions.

Construction was completed exactly on schedule in September 2007. We are extremely pleased with every aspect of our new home and are very grateful to Kurt for an outstanding result.
Steven & Dorine Kohn