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Heller Construction Wins 2016 Best of Houzz Award

Tuesday, Jul 16,2016

Heller Construction, Inc. of Truckee, CA has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.

Annual Survey and Analysis of Community of Over 35 Million Monthly Users Reveals the Top-Rated Home Remodeling Professionals and Most Popular Home Designs.

With 40 years in the trades Heller Construction,Inc. has developed a broad understanding of the commitment it takes to accomplish varied projects. Dedication to our clients and to their needs reflects in the construction projects we have developed. We are backed by an extensive team of carpenters, subcontractors and suppliers, going the extra mile to have satisfied customers and a quality project.

Heller Construction, Inc. was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Winners will be announced globally throughout the month.

The Heller Construction Inc building & interior design team emphasizes the importance of sustainable product specification and building practices, and want to be sure that the homes that they create are able to sustain their clients’ ways of life.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented, competent and service-oriented professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to join our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts in recognizing our “Best Of Houzz” professionals around the world.”

Follow Heller Construction, Inc. on Houzz here.

About Heller Construction, Inc. 

Our broad spectrum of current and past projects include the construction of custom homes, timber frame, wineries, remodels, additions, decks, patios, fencing, barns and light commercial. We have managed these projects from concept, plan and design, sight prep, infrastructure, frame through finish.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

The owners of a lakefront property on Tahoe’s West Shore were clear with their wishes when they approached Kurt Reinkens, principal architect at MWA, Inc. They wanted their new home to feel warm, earthy, casual, inviting and playful—
a no-fuss sort of getaway where they could kick their feet up and relax, socialize or shoot billiards in comfortable style.

Old Tahoe style combines with modern luxuries in this West Shore home,
which features a classic gabled front entry supported by hefty timber trusses, accessed
by a permeable Belgard Old World Paver driveway


In other words, they sought to capture the traditional Tahoe vibe, but with modern touches and conveniences.

Designed by Reinkens and built by Heller Construction, with interiors by Alison Whittaker Design, the finished product lives up to the owners’ vision on all fronts.

Clocking in at 5,866 square feet, the home is impressively well-equipped with a three-car garage plus a boat garage, two luxurious master suites, three guest suites, a spacious bunk room that sleeps 10, two staircases, three laundry areas and eight fireplaces (five indoors and three outdoors).

Classic Tahoe style is prevalent throughout, starting with a large gabled front entry supported by sturdy timber trusses. Inside the knotty alder front door by Alison Whittaker Design, the theme continues with slate flooring, a vaulted wood ceiling and large iron chandelier set in an open and bright space.

Beyond the entry, the first floor features a lavish great room that is outfitted to entertain. A pool table, plush sectional couch, dry bar, and a nook with a custom iron table for puzzles and games highlight this social hub. Voluminous yet cozy, the space combines light-colored walls and French oak hardwood flooring with dark iron accents and faux beams designed to break up the ceiling and provide warmth. Ashlar ledgestone veneer that repeats throughout the interior and exterior adds to the Old Tahoe aesthetic, but with gray undertones that provide a more contemporary look.

A lakefront outdoor lounging area awaits beyond a large pocketing lift-and-slide glass
door by Sierra Pacific Windows


Rustic wood from an existing 1920s structure on the property was used to create paneling on the walls of the nook, as well as bench areas flanking the main fireplace in the great room. Other portions of the old structure were saved for future home projects.

Opposite the front entry, glass pocket doors measuring 10 feet tall and over 18 feet wide open the great room to the lakeside outdoor living areas. Reinkens, who has family history dating back to the 1980s on the West Shore, knows about chilly Tahoe evenings and encouraged the owners to include multiple outdoor fireplaces among the cooking, dining and sitting areas.

Above these outdoor spaces, a deluxe second-floor master suite offers a corner fireplace and wide-open views across the lake, as well as his-and-her walk-in closets, a private washer and dryer, an office that can be closed off from the bedroom with a pocket door, and a master bath that shares a two-sided fireplace with the office.

The owners’ wish list was granted. The result is a shining example of a home with a fresh approach to a timeless Tahoe design.


Merit Award: Tahoe Style

Building Design: MWA, Inc. Architecture – Engineering

Builder: Heller Construction

Interior Design: Alison Whittaker Design



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