Whistler Duplex

Lepp converted this classic 1980s ski-chalet-style duplex into a modern, Scandinavian-inspired space while reusing and updating existing building materials and structural elements all on a modest budget.

Location Whistler, Creekside Type Residential, duplex renovation Size 1,700 sf Designer Falken Reynolds Completion 2014 Photographer Janis Nicolay Photography

The original floor-to-ceiling fireplace surround was covered in dated stone cladding. We removed it, resurfaced and prepared the site, and installed large-format, charcoal, matte porcelain tiles. 

Erecting a large scaffold to the top of the 16-foot vaulted ceiling, we ensured grout lines were perfectly straight and used minimal joints over the large surface to give the appearance of large stone cladding.

A fresh, new look

Originally designed to look and feel like an old ski chalet, this duplex had some quintessential 80s elements. We drywalled over top of the tongue and groove pine ceiling, painted over the orange fir window frames and trim, installed new white oak flooring, and replaced outdated lighting fixtures to give the kitchen and eating area its updated, clean look.

We installed floor-to-ceiling pivot doors on the master bedroom closet to offer the maximum amount of usable closet space and display a grand appearance. The doors are only 1/4″ away from the ceiling and floor, so there was no room for error. 

We positioned the pivot hardware early in the project before the wool carpet and drywall was installed so it could be fully recessed and hidden. We also installed the closet doors many times, making minute adjustments to pull off completely straight, tight, 1/8″ gaps between the doors.