In Incline Village, Nevada, a home remodel has brought the 1970s back to life, while infusing modern elements to create a timeless space.
The project, undertaken by KTG Design, was inspired by the original planked cedar walls and the midcentury period. “This remodel took us right back to Tahoe in the 70’s,” says the team, emphasizing how they combined the natural cedar color with contemporary touches to transport one to an era that effortlessly blends the past and present.
Midcentury design, known for its sleek lines and organic shapes, was a significant influence. “The simple lines and pure forms of mid-century styles are what makes it so iconic. It is simple without being boring and eye-catching without being fussy,” the design team reflects.
This philosophy guided their approach to the remodel, ensuring that the essence of the era was preserved while giving it a modern edge.
Every remodel comes with its unique set of challenges, and this was no different. “The original floorplan was closed off, so opening the main living spaces and kitchen was a major priority,” the team recalls.
One of the key hurdles was maintaining the structural beam while building out a new island in the kitchen. The goal was to retain and highlight the existing cedar elements, drawing out their brown tones to create a more modern and consistent look.
Previously, the interior “…felt heavy the instant you walked through the door,” says the design team. The transformation, therefore, focused on lightening and opening up the space to create a more inviting atmosphere.
The highlight of the remodel is undoubtedly the kitchen and primary bathroom. “Opening the kitchen layout and incorporating the microtopped island make such a statement for the main level,” they explain. The kitchen, reimagined as the heart of the home, is now a vibrant gathering space.
The primary bathroom was expanded to be both beautiful and functional, capitalizing on every inch of available space.
For those interested in midcentury homes or incorporating elements of this design into new constructions, the team at KTG advises a careful blend of the old and new.
“Mixing in clean lined and sleek finishes and furniture are a great way to not feel like you’ve gone right back to the 70’s,” they suggest.
It’s about complementing the era while updating it for contemporary living. In this project, the cabinetry stain finish was chosen to harmonize with the cedar planks while bringing a modern feel to the overall design.
Photos by Kat Alves