Robert Bailey Designs A Contemporary Update For A 1980s Alpine Chalet

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

 

Interior designer Robert Bailey has sent us photos of a renovation he completed to a 1980s alpine chalet in Whistler, Canada.

 

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

The designer’s description

The renovation of this 1980s ski-in/ski-out Whistler chalet began rather small—we were originally asked to modernize only the kitchen. But early in the planning phase, the homeowners started to dream big, and suddenly the project blossomed into a full-scale transformation.

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

With the key objective to create one primary entertaining space, we began by removing restrictive partition walls of a bygone era to deliver a proper great room, large enough to comfortably host a small crowd.

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

The living area was doubled in width, with the exterior wall pushed 10 feet out. The new glazing wall reveals it’s alpine setting and gives the feeling of floating amongst the trees.

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

The 3,500 square foot home expands across four guest rooms, a master bedroom, and a kids’ room stacked with bunk beds, so the newly created great room draws everyone together into one space. A calming black-and-white palette indoors allows nature to be the star.

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

All traces of the 1980’s orange-coloured fir that once dominated the home have been banished, replaced by timeless touches such as distressed French Oak floors and ceilings, Calacatta marble kitchen backsplashes, and Fond du Lac stones on the hearth.

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

The homeowner’s playful personalities come through as well, with unexpected flourishes like a cowhide ottoman in the great room, as well as a pair of metal and marble “Snoopy” lamps from Flos. Our custom designed side tables, master bed, and couch further the home’s individuality.

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

Embracing its Whistler location, a chandelier built of cast-resin antlers adds to the home’s chalet feel, while a ceiling-high tower of stacked wood sits ready for the fireplace, awaiting the next evening of alpine merry-making.

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

“Stripped to its studs and invigorated with a fresh floor plan, our family’s dowdy 1980’s cabin was reborn as modern mountainside retreat. With a strong focus on entertaining and a spacious new great room, the chalet now suits how we live, today.” – The clients

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey

Alpine Chalet by Robert Bailey


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