Hemlock Court
Town of the Blue Mountains, Ontario
2003-2004

This new ski-in/ski-out chalet was conceived as a home away from home. While it provides all the creature comforts associated with modern recreation, it also possesses the necessary durability to withstand harsh Canadian winters.

The home is designed as a quietly confident assemblage of familiar structures. The central building is dressed in local rubble stone, while the adjacent wings are styled in board and batten. Designed to embrace the cold, the home flows from inside to out, with bonfires and hot tubs warming frozen hands and feet after exhilarating days spent conquering the mountain.

At the heart of the chalet is the magnificent great room, comprised of the kitchen, dining and family rooms. This vaulted space is articulated with a massive stone hearth and wall-to-wall windows that allow breathtaking views of the slopes. The room’s size provides generous space for entertaining friends and family from the city, while still affording an intimate après ski setting characterized by its casual sophistication. A chalet must also answer functional needs, and the gear room neatly and efficiently organizes apparel and sporting equipment for all seasons.

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A retreat that balances luxury with respect for its landscape, modern convenience with natural materials, inspired the owner to share this moment: “While relaxing in our chalet one evening this weekend, sipping a glass of shiraz, I gazed around and felt content, comfortable and truly at home. I'm not sure if you would agree, but the space you guys helped create for us …is definitely the best I own and I would put it up against just about any home I have visited around the world!”