PHOTOS DREW HADLEY
IN THE STYLE OF CONTEMPORARY SWISS CHALETS, THIS SAINT-SAUVEUR VALLEY HOME WAS DESIGNED TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE PLEASURES OF SKIING AND THE INCREDIBLE VIEW. THE RESULT? A PERFECTLY EXECUTED SPACE WITH A DECOR INSPIRED BY NATURE.
As avid skiers with a love for nature and the mountains, the owners of this home were looking for a place to ski that was still close enough to the city. “We found it in the Saint-Sauveur valley. The site offered an extraordinary panoramic view that even took in the church bell tower in the village of Saint-Sauveur. We wanted a second home big enough to accommodate our family where we could practise our favourite sport,” note the owners. They can ski right up to the house, remove their skis and boots, and then immediately stow them in the storage areas of a room devoted to ski equipment, with its practical tiled floors and walls.
Although the house boasts many windows, the homeowners have combined various natural materials like wood to create a welcoming atmosphere. They opted for white oak, using it on both the walls and the ceilings, and at 14-feet, it automatically draws the eye upwards. As the starting point for the project, the ceiling features tongue-and-groove planks with recessed lights that create a special dynamic, giving the sparsely decorated, open space a theatrical flourish. The interior is completed by a mantelpiece painted to resemble concrete, a wine cellar made using the same stone as the façade, leather chairs and furniture and accessories with stainless steel accents. “We really wanted to use as few materials as possible to showcase nature,” the owners explain. Neutral colours and a matte finish on the kitchen appliances help create a soft ambience, while the dining room chandelier evokes floating snowballs.
The master bedroom and bath are on the same level as the common spaces, while the basement is given over to the owners’ adult children. Since the building follows the topography of the land, every room in the two-storey home has a view of the Saint-Sauveur valley. The ensuite master bath features a double shower tiled with porcelain that looks like marble, crowned by white oak moulding, creating a majestic, yet muted ambience. An example of the builder’s attention to every detail: every interior door, including the one in the bathroom, features a black steel accent strip that matches the handle. In the bedroom, the bed faces the windows, offering its occupants an incomparable view.