This barn-inspired rustic ski cabin is situated in the old world Tahoe village of Sugar Bowl, California and designed by Kelly and Abramson Architecture. The exterior siding, interior floors, railings and massive beams all came from reclaimed barn wood. Hoping to make the 5,200 square foot building as green as possible, the owners also used Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified framing lumber, formaldehyde-free plywood, and soy-based foam insulation.
But the barn is also a fun vacation home, with six bedrooms in total, two of which are kids’ rooms with built-in bunk beds, a loft, and a massive fireplace in the living room for cozy entertaining. Other details include industrial light fixtures from Europe, a farmhouse sink bought off Craigslist, and decorator touches courtesy of eBay. For aprè-ski, a large outdoor deck features a built-in fire pit and helical stairs that wind around a water tower hot tub. Sally Ward was the interior designer on the project who demonstrates a playful, warm and sophisticated style.
Above: The concept for the newly designed ski barn was that it should appear like it was there before the Sugar Bowl ski resort was built. The roofing material is corrugated galvanized metal roofing.
What We Love: This fabulous ski barn is absolutely stunningly decorated throughout. Every detail is pure eye candy, from the design, to the furnishings and accessories and the use of color with the barn wood. This is one warm and welcoming cabin that we would love to be invited to for ski vacations! …how about you? What do you think of this home, would this be your idea of the ultimate vacation home? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!
Above: The flooring is tobacco barn wood. The ceiling beams are reclaimed materials collected from old barns, sourced from Carlson’s Barnwood.
Above: The homeowner really got into the ski barn theme and purchased many items from e-bay.
Above: The countertop is slate, in “Tidal Storm” finish, from “American Slate” in San Pablo, California. Slate looks good and wears well, yet chips easily.
Above: The spacious kitchen has a great layout, nice and open. Functional but friendly. Open cabinets are great when there are a lot of guests. There are two dishwashers, two refrigerators, a five-foot long range and walk-in pantry.
Above: The kids may not be doing homework at a ski cabin, but this is the perfect spot for artwork. The ornamental ceiling beams were constructed to appear real.
Above: There are no recessed lights used in this home. Above, the designer used landscape lights.
Above: The loft overlooks the living room. All ceiling beams are ornamental. The middle post has a steel post in the middle.
Above: The wood beam ceiling in this bedroom mimics the structure of the house, gambrel barn. The wood with plaster walls has more texture than seen in the photos.
Above: The vanity sink is from Kohler, while the bathtub is from Waterworks.
Above: This is the girl’s bunk bedroom, as reflected in the color scheme.
Above: The guest bedroom is warm and inviting. There are radiant heat floors throughout, the ceiling register is for a back-up forced air system.
Above: The mudroom is very functional with plenty of storage for the whole family and guests!
Above: The fire pit is not really warm enough to keep you warm on cold days. The deck has a snowmelt system, which means no shoveling!
Above: Helical metal stairs wraps around the water tank. The water tank is really the hot tub!
Photos: Courtesy of Kelly and Abramson Architecture