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LOP’s $3.1M clubhouse construction complete (VIDEO)

The newly finished $3.1 million Lake of the Pines clubhouse stands on a peninsula that juts out into the lake that serves as a spectacular centerpiece to the South County gated neighborhood.

“It’s right on the point,” said Chuck Lautrup, president of the Lake of the Pines Association. “There is a 200-degree view of the water.”

The clubhouse is a major source of pride for the president, he said.

The clubhouse was designed by Truckee architect Kurt Reinkens, of MWA Inc., built by Gary Tintle of Nevada City-based Tintle Inc., and with interior design overseen by Wendy Van Horne of Wendy Van Horne Design.

The construction project, which began last April, came in on time and on budget, which Lautrup hailed as “major accomplishments.”

Lautrup said infusing $3.1 million into a lagging construction industry in Nevada County was crucial for job creation.

“Gary Tintle only uses Nevada County labor and lumber,” Lautrup said. “We were dumping money into a slow economy.”

Lautrup said Tintle was the consummate professional and his style of being on site overseeing work was a big reason the project was brought to fruition in such a timely manner.

“He was a symphony conductor,” he said.

Reinkens described the design style in concert with regional architecture vernacular.

“I call it Foothills Arts and Crafts with the classic lower pitch rooflines,” he said. “It was not an ego statement. I wanted the design to be as quiet as possible and blend in with the natural surroundings.”

An important aspect of the blueprint and final product was moving large windows to the east side of the building so residents could enjoy the view in the evening without being inhibited by the declining sun.

“I think it came out beyond expectation,” Reinkens said.

Van Horne, who has lived in Lake of the Pines since 1996, said the project will “be of benefit to the whole community.”

The clubhouse will accommodate younger families, host a nice restaurant and function as an ideal place to spend time, she said.

“It’s gorgeous,” Van Horne said. “It’s a true amenity.”

The project wasn’t always so universally praised, as several of the approximately 2,000 Lake of the Pines residents attempted to recall Lautrup and five other board members in an effort to prevent the project from moving forward in March 2012.

The recall was ultimately unsuccessful and the contracts were signed in April 2012.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or 530-477-4239.


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