• Type
  • Location
    Reno, NV
  • Area
    6,532 SF
  • Architect
    Aspen Leaf Interiors


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About Project

When you drive up to this charming, 1940’s brick cottage—with its curved, paver-set drive and mature landscaping—it’s hard to believe it is a 3-level home with over 6,500 square feet of living space and an equally expansive outdoor living space on its over 1/2-acre site.

The new homeowners embarked on a full remodel, removing the remnants of previous updates like crown molding, a taupe granite hearth, large burl-wood cabinets, wood paneling and pegged balusters. Aspen Leaf Interiors redesigned the interior flow for the new family with a focus on increasing the open space within and a seamless transition to the outdoor spaces. To accomplish this, Plenium Builders removed interior support walls replacing them with flush steel beams, connecting the kitchen fully with the living space and creating the large floor-to-ceiling operable wall between the living room and patio. Collaborating with Cathexes for structural and architectural input, the team replaced the existing stairs with an exposed-steel concrete-tread version, adding another landing to expand access to the walk-out basement level from the front door, which was also replaced with a fully-glazed pair of entry doors.

The focal point of the home is the fireplace, encased in exposed cold-rolled steel, with a stunning linear fireplace. Plenium Builders’ craftspeople and subcontractors collaborated with the designer to integrate the existing fireplace’s chimney and infrastructure with the new design’s technical requirements.

The new kitchen is warm as well as glamourous, with flush wood cabinets, glossy tiles and luminous white stone counters. The space is accented with metal pulls and dramatic toe-kick lighting.

Bedrooms, closets and baths all received a contemporary facelift, including the master bath which now has a large open shower space and modern fixtures in a mix of stone, metal and wood.

Through the new sliding-glass window wall is the gourmet outdoor kitchen and living room, adjacent the home’s existing swimming pool and large grass yard. The deck, seating areas, privacy wall and outdoor kitchen wall are constructed from composite decking. The spaces is partially shaded by a new steel pergola. Crews added an outdoor shower to the pool area and integrated the existing spa.

Behind the scenes, new wiring, heating and cooling equipment, and plumbing infrastructure were installed to update the home to current safety requirements. Other updates included roofing, siding, insulation, landscaping and extensive lighting controls.

These homeowners have retained the charm and character of the neighborhood while creating a home that reflects their tastes in a contemporary haven for family, entertaining friends and comfortable living.

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