Redesign of a ski chalet – This dated chalet needed a focal point for the great room, as well as a better heat source. A trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water http://www.fallingwater.org/ was the inspiration for the design. FLW only used 3 colours, and kept the windows as uncovered as possible so that the homeowners could enjoy the view.
The new fireplace is centrally located so that heat will now reach all the corners of the large great room it has a backup battery in case of power failure, which is a real issue for weekend properties. Dry stackable stone was used to cover the front of the fireplace, and a Live Edge piece of Maple was custom cut by Exotic Woods http://www.exotic-woods.com for the mantle. The result is stunning.
The new fireplace meant a new wall colour, which led to new carpeting which in turn led to new window covers. The wall colour is “Toasted Almond” by Eddie Bauer, and we painted out the panelling with “Canoe”by Eddie Bauer. We replicated that here with Levelor cordless blinds, but since this is a winter home, we needed some insulating for those cold winter winds, so blackout blinds were the answer- when opened, they tuck up into the window frame to let everyone see the view, when closed they provide an up to 95% insulating factor.
This winter weekends will be spent beside the new cosy fireplace sipping a hot cocoa after a day of skiing.