Magazine article Sunset

An A for Atmosphere

Magazine article Sunset

An A for Atmosphere

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Once a run-down rental, this classic Tahoe A-frame now makes the grade

"BOB'S HOUSE OF BEDS." That was how the neighbors referred to the shabby 1970s A-frame on Serene Lakes, a Mayberryish resort community near Lake Tahoe. "Bob's" because a guy named Bob owned it, and "House of Beds" ... well, what else do you call a 2,500-square-foot rental that slept at least 12?

"It was the kind of place you'd find neon beer signs and Levitz furniture," says the cabin's current owner, Jeremy Kidson, a San Francisco retailer who doesn't even like A-frames. ("They're great in the snow, but you feel like you're in a tunnel") Still, he was looking for a house in the area, and when he reached the back of the cabin and saw how it sits right on the lakefront, he gave in. "You can fix any ugliness in a structure, but you could never replicate this setting," he says. Then the real work began.

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Jeremy Kidson, his daughters, and their dog, Ozio, set out on a lakeside hike.

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GREAT ROOM The rafters and beams were all stained black, Jeremy says "Anything that didn't move, I sandblasted." He also tore out a discoera fireplace that blocked the view; the new hearth is made of Sierra white granite. (Those candlesticks are actually old industrial bobbins.)

"THIS IS A TIMELESS COMMUNITY, AND I WANTED EVERYTHING IN THE CABIN TO FEEL TIMELESS TOO"

ORIGINAL KITCHEN It had been a mess painted-over particle board cabinets, drawers that would jam halfway closed. …

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