Trails Home Remodel in Mammoth Lakes, California

So what’s that latest in design and decorating for 2008?

Sierra Design Studio has been inundated with clients who want to update their older homes to make them look like a brand new home without the sticker shock of those that is currently on the market.  Instead of spending 1.5-3 million for a new home, they are deciding to take the home they bought at an affordable price a few years ago and put a reasonable amount into it and enjoy their current location without busting the bank on a new home.


We were called in after the project had started. The owners wanted us to help out with a professional designer’s touch to what was a complete remodel in the Trails subdivision.

When the trails subdivision was first developed, it was to be the "affordable housing" of Mammoth.  Well we all know how that went...although the homes were some of the lower priced in Mammoth, some are now being upgraded to have of the same features of those in Starwood or The Bluffs.

This home is about 10 years old and is in a later phase of the Trails. An interior and exterior facelift was executed for this now modern day mountain home by our professional design team.

One of the homes in a later phase is the subject of our most recent remodels.  The general Contractor, Mark Neave worked diligently to create a home that is up to date and very livable for its new owners.

Sierra Design Studio, Inc. and designer Julie Johnson-Holland helped to design the interior remodel, including the specifications for the bathrooms and all of the new furnishings and window treatments.

The details are as follows:

The fireplace was redone with ledge stone and replaced the river rock original face. A poured in place concrete hearth completes the modern look and its stained dark gold with concrete stain. (It’s the same at the hearth at Sierra Design Studio, if you want to see it.)
New fireplace detail stack stone and concrete hearth

The fantastic new kitchen was given a face lift and new appliances were added. The furniture quality cabinets accentuate the new granite countertops.  New stainless steel appliances sparkle including a commercial style range, behind the range is a backsplash of small brick style travertine in a creamy gold color. New Hammerton light fixtures were installed over the island. The old dropped ceiling was removed and raised to open up the room.  Cedar paneling was applied to the ceiling to give the room an expanded open environment with a woodsy feel. The floors were replaced as well with all new hand hewed laminated wood floor in a medium tone. It wraps throughout the kitchen and living room as well as the new stair treads. The entry was replaced as well with durable flagstone.

New kitchen details
Kitchen detail, window seat


One of the most beautiful features is the newly redone bathrooms.  The counter tops in the powder bath and the master bath are made of the most amazing stone.  It’s a brown with gold stripes through it that gives it a tiger’s eye look!  In the powder bath, Julie picked cork wallpaper with metallic copper underlayment that is stunning. The all new plumbing hard wear specified is oil rubbed bronze.
Powder bath with vessel sink, pine bough mirror and cork wallpaper

The master bedroom is a comfortable retreat that has custom made bedding in cream, green and brown fabrics that harmonize to create a soothing mood.

Master bedroom with custom bedding

The master bath has a new whirlpool tub and a large shower with a luxurious ½” glass enclosure.  The stone tile has a liner with a mosaic that includes actual pieces of glass intermixed with the colored stone chip, for a natural and fun look!

Master bath and vanity detail


The new outdoor and indoor railing was locally made in steel with a fretwork design; the design is by Larry Walker of Walker One Design.  An additional deck was added on the lower level to take in the great views of Laurel Mt. Exterior ledge stone was applied to the lower level of the house and the house was repainted in tobacco tones.
New entry details


Living room with tiffany style tablelamp and chenille sofa.  Faux painted walls "leather look"
Custom stair railing
  Living room with stairwell behind,  Custom stair rail and chandelier over stairs

New garage doors modernize the exterior as well as the paint and new lighting fixtures.

So, it’s not necessary to spend an extreme amount to get the look and feel of a new and modernized mountain home. With all the older homes that Mammoth has and the extraordinary building materials available teamed with the local talent, such as Mark Neave and Sierra Design Studio, a newly remodeled mountain home is within reach and is a great investment for the future.

Bedroom and closet door detail


Elegant dining room designed by Julie Johnson-Holland for Sierra Design Studio, Inc.
Guest bedroom with hickory bedframe and woodsy mountain  style bedding
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