The Stella House


The Stella house is designed as a live-work space for two professionals and their daughter Stella. The two bedroom, two bath house with a working studio was built on an infill lot for under $200 per sf. It is located near downtown Reno, Nevada. The thriving “MidTown” district is a three block walk from the residence which is populated with breweries, coffee houses, restaurants and live performance venues.

The downstairs workspace is used as a design studio, workshop, and more importantly a coloring and
crafting station for the industrious, six year old Stella. A glass roll-up door can be raised to join the studio to the small, landscaped yard. The lower level of the house is made of stack bond concrete block walls, sand blasted to integrate with nearby modern houses, and polished concrete floors with integral hydronic heat. The front yard is newly planted with a 'food forest' by The River School Farm Landscape Architects.

The stairs and upper level are finished with white oak floors and concrete floors. The concrete floors

act as a heat sink for the large south facing glass wall in the cooler months. The photovoltaic array

doubles as a sunshade in the summer. The living/dining/kitchen area also opens via a large glass roll-up door to a second level deck with 180 degree mountain views, a ski resort and night star gazing.

The exterior siding is local, whole sawn Western Cedar, treated in the Japanese shou-sugi-ban tradi-tion of charring the wood. The rustic wood siding pays tribute to the numerous remaining old barns

and ranch buildings in the region.

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Modern home with Exterior, Shed Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, and Concrete Siding Material. West Elevation Photo  of The Stella House

West Elevation

Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, Rooftop, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Vertical Fences, Wall, Wood Fences, Wall, Metal Fences, Wall, and Hanging Lighting. Upper patio Photo 2 of The Stella House

Upper patio

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Grass, Walkways, Gardens, Metal Fences, Wall, Shrubs, Flowers, Wire Fences, Wall, and Hanging Lighting. Rear Yard Photo 3 of The Stella House

Rear Yard

Modern home with Office, Craft Room Room Type, Chair, Desk, Concrete Floor, and Light Hardwood Floor. Work Studio Photo 4 of The Stella House

Work Studio

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Metal Railing. Interior material samples Photo 5 of The Stella House

Interior material samples

Modern home with Living Room, Recessed Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, and Concrete Floor. Living / Dining / Kitchen view from deck.   Photo 6 of The Stella House

Living / Dining / Kitchen view from deck.

Modern home with Kitchen, Refrigerator, Wall Oven, Cooktops, Microwave, Range Hood, Wood Counter, White Cabinet, Metal Cabinet, Dishwasher, Light Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, and Undermount Sink. Kitchen / Dining island Photo 7 of The Stella House

Kitchen / Dining island

Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Flowers, Vegetables, Trees, Shrubs, Gardens, Walkways, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Vertical Fences, Wall, Wood Fences, Wall, Metal Fences, Wall, Wire Fences, Wall, and Hanging Lighting. South / West view Photo 8 of The Stella House

South / West view


Posted By
  • Baron Hershberger AIA
Landscape Design
  • Tom Stille
  • Owner-Builder
  • Asa Gilmore


  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Rustic
  • Square Feet
  • 1492