The renovation of this 1980s ski-in/ski-out Whistler chalet began with just the kitchen. But early on in the planning phase, the homeowners started to dream big, triggering a full-scale transformation. The family wanted a large primary living space to draw everyone together across four guest rooms, a master bedroom and a kids’ room stacked with bunk beds, so we began by removing outdated and restrictive partition walls to deliver a great room double its original width.

Here, we also built a 22-foot-high bank of windows that reveals a line of evergreen trees outside. With the main floor 10 feet off the ground, and having raised the roof a couple of feet, it actually gives the feeling of floating among the trees.

All traces of the 1980s orange-stained fir that once dominated have been replaced by timeless distressed French oak floors and ceilings, Calacatta marble kitchen backsplashes and a calming black-and-white palette that allows nature to be the true star.