Don’t Call it a Chalet

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Architectural Spotlight
Don’t Call it a Chalet
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By John Thomas
Staff Writer

 

   We’re starting off the New Year with a bang.  I’ll grant you that the log exterior of this home brings a chalet to mind.  While it’s tempting to call it that, once you step inside this house you realize it’s just too big and grand to be called a chalet. Entering through the front door you step into a handsome stone tiled and wood trimmed entrance hall.  Once through it, the ceiling ends and the cavernous great room opens up.  The room takes in the living area, dining room and kitchen.  The two-story bank of windows frames the view.  Just outside them is warp around deck with a view that includes HoliMont and seems to go on forever.  Overhead, is a lodge-pole trimmed balcony for the second story, and some ten feet over that is the tongue-and grove redwood ceiling.  The living area snuggles up against the fieldstone fireplace.  It’s a neat trick; somehow in the huge great room the living area still feels warm and intimate.  The dining area sets a grand feeling just if front of the windows that command the view.  The table is under the elk antler chandler that hangs from the ceiling high overhead.  The kitchen is a marvel of efficiency and style. Black onyx cabinets set off the stone black splash, granite cabinets and stainless steal cabinets.  Also on the main level is a palace of a master suite.  The massive rustic bed is dwarfed by the high tongue and grove ceiling.  The open beams form a curved ship-arch joint.  The ceiling continues over the African tile and glass bathroom.  Another bedroom and a full bath are on this floor.

   The landing on the second story creates a balcony over the living room.  At one end is a space that could be used for a home office.   There are two more bedrooms on this level, and just in case you haven’t relaxed enough there is a bath with a whirlpool tub and shower.  At the bottom level is a family room the likes of which you won’t find anywhere.  A huge stone pass through fireplace stands in the center of the room.  It provides a warm backdrop for any part of the room.  In one corner is a wet bar with a stone back wall, great for when you have the Flintstones over.  There are game tables and a conversation area.  To the side is a mudroom with a heated floor that connects to the garage.  Another bedroom and a full bath are on this floor as well.

   It’s pretty exciting to start the New Year with so grand a home.  And, it’s even more exciting to say that the attractive chalet style furniture is being sold with the home.  There, I said it.  For more information on this home contact Cathleen Pritchard Licensed Real Estate Broker, at ERA Team VP Real Estate and HoliMont Realty at 716-983-4234

The metal roof adds a modern touch to the log cabin exterior.

The metal roof adds a modern touch to the log cabin exterior.


The living area is in the foreground, the dining table and kitchen in the rear.  Above is the balcony and over that the redwood ceiling.

The living area is in the foreground, the dining table and kitchen in the rear. Above is the balcony and over that the redwood ceiling.


Although the living area is in the great room.  Anchored by the stone fireplace it still feels intimate.

Although the living area is in the great room. Anchored by the stone fireplace it still feels intimate.


The onyx cabinets set off the granite counters and stainless steal appliances.

The onyx cabinets set off the granite counters and stainless steal appliances.


The dining table is in the perfect position to command the view out the double glass doors.

The dining table is in the perfect position to command the view out the double glass doors.


The view from the deck included HoliMont and down into the valley, and extends along the back wall of the home.

The view from the deck included HoliMont and down into the valley, and extends along the back wall of the home.