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DIY Mountain Kitchen

Truckee California Mountain Kitchen
Photo By: Asa Gilmore

Ward & Young ArchitectsTruckee, CA
Kitchen by Ted Brobst

Design Notes: The husband-and-wife homeowners of this modern mountain retreat in Truckee, Calif., actively participated in the creation of their kitchen. The husband took on the task of making all the cabinets from vertical grain Douglas-fir. The wife picked out the room's statement pieces: the lime green splash of paint above the cabinets, iridescent glass tiles and an oversized clock. She thought the clock would help her be more punctual. "It hasn't helped at all," Christine LePresle says with a laugh, but she has no regrets about her clock choice. The homeowners tried to make the home as eco-friendly as possible, choosing post-consumer and post-industrial Squawk Mountain countertops for the perimeter counters, highly-sustainable Lyptus wood for the island countertop and recycled glass for the backsplash.