GREAT LITTLE CHALET
A clever makeover has given this mountain retreat extra space.
This mountain retreat is adored by its owners but it was time for a makeover!
This is a little house that has always been loved by Louis and Sylvia because it has been a mountain refuge where they have been able to rest and relax during spring, summer, and of course, winter!
Now with grown-up children, and also with grandchildren, they decided to update the house and make it more spacious and light, whilst retaining its atmosphere and cheerfulness.
The house is one of the oldest in the Valley, with small windows that get little light, particularly as the house is surrounded by woods. To refresh the inside of the house, they decided to paint all the walls in a light grey. They spent considerable time working on the wood, both on the floor and on the beams in the ceiling, to get a natural finish. “We wanted something comfortable and practical, but above all cozy”, explains Sylvia. In the living room, the sofa and the fireplace welcome you when you arrive with cold and snow from the mountain. It was important that they looked the part. The sofa, which does not occupy too much space because it is low,
e wanted something comfortable and practical, but above all cozy
The dining room takes advantage of the corner under the stairs.The table and chairs
The rustic style kitchen accommodates a breakfast table that has been placed strategically so as to use all available space with the use of a bench.
Instead of a headboard, the panelled wood behind the bed doubles as a shelf and also serves as separation between the bedroom and the bathroom area.
The free standing bathtub from Devon and Devon is placed against the sloping roof and makes sure that all available space is used.
the children's room, the sloping ceilings were not
was reupholstered with a simple grey cloth. The fireplace is the original one of the house, at least 30 years old, but it was decided to keep it because the family enjoyed it a lot. The kitchen is great for both spending the afternoon preparing stews or simply making a quick snack to take to the small dining area. Sylvia explained that “we already had the old cherry wood table. The bench is new, and we added it to gain space and capacity, but we didn’t change the chairs. We did change the surfaces of the units, but we kept the structure of the kitchen as it was, and just added some details – like steel and copper utensils. We wanted to maintain the essence of a rustic kitchen in the valley”. Upstairs, Louis and Sylvia wanted to take out the bathroom and so a romantic old bathtub was put in at the foot of their bed. “It is just what you need after a long afternoon skiing!” says Sylvia. The beams and the roof were lined with micro-cement which ensures that the timber is not spoilt by water.
In the children's room, the sloping ceilings were not an obstacle. “We put the beds opposite each other under the beams, and we created a little corner study with a small table. We took advantage of the beams and the angular ceiling to create some shelves and a little closet.” It is sure to be the case that the grandchildren are going to end up loving this house as much as their grandparents!
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