The hub of this stunning 5-storey Whistler retreat is the 3rd floor. It’s where you’ll find the living room, kitchen and dining room. Bedrooms and bathrooms are spread over the remaining floors. The entire 5th floor is dedicated to the master suite. It provides the homeowners with their own private space, even while entertaining guests.
Friends & Family Soak Up Mountain Air at Whistler Retreat
The homeowners are very family focused. They have a close network of friends who often come up for weekend visits to relax and soak up the mountain air. Although they love their Whistler retreat, travel is their second true love. So, they didn’t want a place that was difficult to maintain.
The Heart of This Stunning 5-Storey Whistler Retreat
I always joke with my clients that no matter how much emphasis you put in the living room or dining room; everyone will always congregate in the kitchen. Therefore, it’s so important to give them a designated place to sit and visit while the host, hosts! This design works so well because the bar seating is outside of the kitchen triangle. The person hosting can move fluently around the kitchen while the guests can gather around and still contribute to conversation.
Use integrated appliances when working with small kitchens. The stainless steel can make a space seem very choppy and broken up. The panel ready appliances will keep continuity.
This kitchen was quite small, and didn’t have the greatest flow. The kitchen island was positioned far from the actual kitchen and was taking up unnecessary room. So, this was causing some serious crowding in the living room and dining room. We wanted to keep the open space, but position each space with precision. Thus, ensuring we were maximising the floor space and guest/family circulation. Although small, we really maximized the storage by adding a large pantry to the left of the fridge and open shelving for all the glasses and plates.
Another great feature in this kitchen is an instant hot water tap next to the kitchen faucet. The homeowners absolutely love it. Nothing like an instantly hot cup of tea!
Whistler Retreat is at the Epicenter of Outdoor Activities
The cabin is nestled up in the woods. It offers a spectacular view of the slopes which are vibrant with crisp, white snow in the winter and lush and rich in the summer. Essentially, I wanted the space to feel as natural as the scenery that surrounded it. The homeowner already had some beautiful pieces of art that represented just that. Many of the colours in the space are pulled from these pieces.
Also, it is so important to keep a mudroom organized. In a place like Whistler where things get so wet. Therefore, we always try to encourage our clients to use a perforated door on closets that store jackets, ski pants and boots. This allows your items to air out and prevents mold.
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