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Rustic Inversion in a Pre-Fab Ski Chalet

March 27, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Raising the bar on pre-fab, this chalet goes completely custom.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Ski Season 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Southern Georgian Bay, p.126. Find local businesses in our Southern Georgian Bay directory.

The ingenuity of this ski chalet in the Town of Blue Mountains begins with its reverse floor plan. Bedrooms are on the ground level and the main living space and kitchen are on the second floor. It ensures the owners enjoy incredible views of the nearby ski hills, as well as Georgian Bay and its surroundings from the upper floor windows. This home away from their Toronto home boasts a multitude of smart innovations.
 
The family designed the layout and approached Milan Smeh, owner and president of Legendary Group, to fine tune the design and build the home using a hybrid process. Legendary is known for airtight, environmentally-sound, prefabricated wall systems that can be used for homes ranging from small, traditional spaces to large, modern homes and everything in between. Smeh explains, “Right from the beginning, our home plans are designed to maximize use of materials available. Unlike site construction where much of the off-cut material typically winds up in the landfill, our factory setting means any potentially usable building material can be sorted, stored and rolled into the next project.”
 
The main living area upstairs centres on an incredible floating, wood-burning fireplace that helps segment the open-concept kitchen, living and dining spaces. The style of the home blends neutrals, textures and finishes, but in a very natural way. The long harvest table in the dining room is meant to be darker than the floors and to contrast ever so slightly with the ceiling and beams. Similarly, the oversize sectional in the living room is not matched by colour to the swivel club chairs, and the director-style leather dining chairs are not perfectly in tune with the distressed leather stools at the kitchen island. The home’s rustic, farmhouse tones all meld without being perfectly matched.

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