Aster Pines

Last updated November 2023.

Aster Pines is the custom home I designed and Sierra Sustainable Builders is building here in South Lake Tahoe. It’s currently under construction (started Aug 2021) and should hopefully be done by this winter. So let’s call it mid 2024.

Aster Pines — Reality

The house itself is a 4 bedroom (although two are offices) / 3.5 bath making up a little over 3,800sqft (including the basement). It consists of two primary masses connected with an entry way, and a separated master suite. Each primary mass is two stories, with the main structure housing a basement for a music room, root cellar, and mechanical room.

Floor Plan

While I hope the house will be beautiful, I am primarily excited about having a well-built, high-perfomance, resilient home. What’s that mean to me?


My Very Own Money Pit
An introduction to Aster Pines, why I didn’t hire an architect, and an explanation of how I used SketchUp and v•ray to visualize the project.


* In progress

Here are a couple of videos from December 2022 showing the state of things:

YouTube - Interior Walkthrough

YouTube - Exterior Walkthrough


I kind of fell into a rabbit hole of 3D modeling and rendering as a part of this project. It’s been useful! But since I’m my own client, the renders aren’t cohesive or comprehensive. One might even call them haphazard. Here are some of my favorite results.

Kitchen / Great Room Render

Stove Closeup

Fireplace Render

Master Bath Render

Construction Photos

Aster Pines Construction