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High Camp Home featured in Tahoe Quarterly

Courtesy photoHigh Camp Home transformed a "sow's ear" into a silk purse of a home.
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The extraordinary transformation of Truckee, Calif. 1970s cookie-cutter home into a stunning retreat was heralded in Tahoe Quarterly’s Sixth Annual Mountain Home Awards.

The contest’s best interior remodel award was bestowed upon a Tahoe Donner project that came under the talented and creative hands of High Camp Home, a Truckee-based building and design firm.

“It was a bad house with really good bones,” says Diana Vincent, the project’s interior designer and owner of High Camp Home. “Luckily it had a million-dollar view and many interesting hidden aspects we were able to expose.”

Vincent says several factors led to the success of the remodel. The process was streamlined as High Camp Home is the umbrella for building design, actual building and interior design; all done with a hands-on team approach. Importantly, Vincent has a close collaboration with High Sierra Customs’ contractors Bill Lorrain and Dave Svoboda.

According to the Tahoe Quarterly, Mountain Home 2009 edition: “This unlikely threesome, with collective Posh Spice meets John Wayne persona produces a look Vincent calls ‘sophisticated rustic.'”

Vincent praises the homeowners’ foresight to grab up this sow’s ear of a home.

The 30-year-old, four-bedroom three-bath home, which offers superlative views of Donner Lake and surrounding Sierra vistas, was stout enough to weather a major interior makeover. High Camp Home opted for an authentic rustic look that was borne of reclaimed lumber. The building material was gleaned from a property north of Truckee.

“It’s the real thing,” says contractor Bill Lorrain in Tahoe Quarterly. “That’s why it looks so good. It’s not faux finish; these timbers are from the 1880s.”

According to the magazine, the kitchen cabinets were handcrafted from pine finished at a sixth generation California steam mill, while the square nails came from Tremont Nail, the country’s oldest nail manufacturers.

Other notable features of the home include the fort-like bunkroom above the living room for the owners’ two children. Johansen Masonry’s mix of granite boulders and ledge stones, as well as sophisticated details like a delicate banister created by Poulin Steel inform the winning design.

High Camp Home is a leading design firm in the Lake Tahoe region. The flagship store is located in historic downtown Truckee.

For more information, call (866) 790-6501, 582-6866 or visit http://www.highcamphome.com.