The chalet may be most associated with the Swiss Alps, but it’s no wonder that in our mountain-coated region, locals might take a little inspiration. In that sense, this 2009 home is extremely Pacific Northwest, defined by a love of the surrounding mountains and forests, and, with Built Green certification, driven by preserving them.
The quaint aesthetic (and its green features) start at the driveway, which surrounded by cobblestone walls and is permeable to allow water through. Up at the front porch, there’s the first glimpse of the exposed-grain that coats much of the house and of the classic chalet-style wooden railing that surrounds its porches and balconies. A display of—what else?—skis sets the tone.
Inside, an open great room is anchored by a wood stove made of Finnish soapstone. More exposed grain contributes to the ski-cabin feel, from the reclaimed Douglas Fir floor to ceiling beams from the Great Salt Lake. The kitchen counter and backsplash are made from recycled materials.
The dining area opens up to the backyard through a wide doorframe for connecting the inside and the outside (and the kitchen to the grill).
Head up the open staircase to a second sitting area, this one opening to a large balcony surrounded by that same wood-cutout rail. This is also where the bedrooms live, including a master with Mount Rainier views. A master bath features a blue-tiled shower with a mountain-motif door, the glass shaped as the peaks up top.
Some green headlines for the home: domestic solar water heating, solar energy from the roof panels, and 3000-gallon rainwater collection cisterns for toilets, laundry, and watering the garden. The three-car garage is perhaps not so green, but storing cars in it is not mandatory.
The asking price is $2.1 million.
- Chalet in the City [Beneficial Ventures]
This article has been updated reflect an accurate garage size and building materials.