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2018 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 6,001 - 8,000 sq. ft.


Mountain Majesty, Pilegaard Home, Tahoe


Tahoe, Calif.

Architect/Designer | Donald Joseph Inc

Builder | NSM Construction

Landscape Architect/Designer | Peak Landscape Inc

Interior Designer | Donald Joseph Inc

Photographer | Vance Fox

Situated on 5 acres with guest house and entertainment pavilion, the site offers incredible views of Martis Valley. The steep, rocky terrain created challenges that were addressed with a winding driveway bringing guests to the top of the site. One enters the home and immediately looks through the soaring great room to experience the magnificent view.

Designed as a legacy home, the goal was to create a timeless fa├žade reminiscent of classic alpine estates of the American West. The clients desired an open, inviting floor plan to entertain large, formal parties or relax with family in casual comfort. Key elements of these two goals include a suspended dining room with frameless glass walls that display two-story custom wine racking. Turreted ceilings are focal points for rooms, such as the morning room with its wrap-around windows and the master bath with a 4,000-pound custom tub carved out of a single block of Italian travertine.

The client demanded a level of craftsmanship that was second to none. All these elements create a truly unique estate that allows the user to experience the incredible beauty of the site while surrounding them with amazing comfort and architectural detail.

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