When Janis and Jay McKenzie couldn’t find their dream home on the market in Whistler, B.C., they decided to build it from scratch. They purchased a gorgeous lot with snow-capped mountain views that backed onto a forested hiking trail and began constructing a 5,200-square-foot house, nearly double the size of their old home. Ami McKay, a Vancouver-based designer with Pure Design Inc., is known for her eco ethos and this project was no different. “I naturally opt for healthy choices, such as wool carpeting and rugs instead of synthetic, and sofas without fire retardants, like the Montauk piece we used,” she says.
The bright, airy home has a modern ski chalet feeling, with a focus on contemporary lines and neutral colors punctuated by hits of black. Large windows encased in inky frames add visual interest to better showcase Whistler’s famous scenery, offering a modern ski chalet feel. “We didn’t want it to be too precious because Whistler’s not precious — it’s a place where everyone’s casual and wearing running shoes.” Click through to tour this cool and contemporary Whistler home.