This is a rustic-modern retreat in the Alpine Meadows area near Lake Tahoe, California. The owner, Todd Greenhalgh, wanted solar power and alpine views and CCS Architecture delivered just that. The south-facing roof has 600 square feet of solar and all the main rooms hug the south wall to hold a view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains.
Greenhalgh House – or Alpine Meadows — was designed by Cass Calder Smith and Bryan Southwick of CCS Architecture, built by Dean and David Construction, and had the solar installed by JPVT Solar.
The rooftop solar arrangement includes photovoltaics and thermal hot water. When the owner splits time in San Francisco, electricity is created and stored for later – in fact, the home is grid connected and also grid independent. PV panels power an electronic hot water heater and, in turn, radiant floor heating, while hot air that’s trapped between the panels and roof is used for additional heating.
To facilitate cross ventilation, Alpine Meadows has operable windows and sliding glass doors on both sides of the home.
One feature you may notice in the photos is a wall that’s framed with blackened plate steel for a custom fireplace, television, and bookshelf. The owner wanted a place to entertain, so there’s room enough for a pool table, a recreation area, and a guest bedroom. The home has about 2,250 square feet and was built with a budget of $650,000.
Credits: Bryan Southwick.