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Ward-Young Architecture andamp; Planning receives 2011 Best in the Basin award

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Photo courtesy Asa GilmoreA narrow, lakefront home is transformed in Meeks Bay through a Ward-Young Architecture andamp; Planning modification project.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Tahoe Regional Planning Agencyandamp;#8217;s Best in the Basin awards program recognizes projects demonstrating exceptional planning, design, and compatibility with the Lake Tahoe environment. Ward-Young Architecture andamp; Planning received the 2011 Residential Modification Project Award for the Schweichler residence designed by Don Fulda with Ryan Rominger.The modestly sized Meeks Bay home blends simple, traditional North American mountain forms with contemporary, well-crafted exterior and interior detailing and finishes, providing the owners with a warm, inviting, and livable space they may enjoy all year. The home was designed with a stepping form and fits comfortably with the narrow, steeply sloping site. The detached garage linked to the stepping form of the house, with a minimal foundation footprint, reduces the presence of the house on the small site. The subtle connection to the lake ultimately became one of the more remarkable design features. Other perennial landscaping further softens and integrates the house into the site. The small native granite upper terrace is linked by granite slab to a lakeside terrace hidden within the large boulders at the lake edge.The home was built by Loverde Builders, Inc. The landscape design was by Betty Anderson-Fulda and the landscaping and site restoration work was done by Green Envy, Inc. and Chuck Conway.Ward-Young Architecture andamp; Planning was established in the Tahoe-Truckee area in 1977 for the purpose of providing comprehensive architectural services for projects requiring creative solutions in response to special needs in environmentally sensitive sites. Visit http://www.wyarch.com.