SPRUCE Magazine - Spring 2020

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■ LUXURY CUSTOM BUILD

MOUNTAIN LODGE INSPIRED TUCKED INTO THE RAINFOREST OF NORTH SAANICH, THIS CUSTOMBUILT HOME IS WEST COAST ON THE OUTSIDE AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHALET ON THE INSIDE. BY DAVID LENNAM

PHOTOS BY JOSHUA LAWRENCE

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onstructing a luxury mountain lodge in a West Coast rainforest is a precarious undertaking. The steep ski-slope roof angles, as well as the log frame and stone accents, are ill-suited to the straight-lined and flat-roofed West Coast esthetic that’s so starkly modern. But what if you could build your dream home combining both — all West Coast on the outside and Rocky Mountain chalet chic on the inside? That’s what Corrie and Dave Graboski have done, and the result is curiously understated, yet palatial. Theirs just may be the only unostentatious house of close to 8,000 square feet, perhaps because, when you’re inside, it’s a cabin in the woods. Monumental, but somehow intimate. “I want people to be able to put their feet up and read a book and have a cup of tea and feel comfortable here,” explains Corrie. The chalet style is a five bed/seven bath open plan over two spectacular levels, plus basement. Airy and bright doesn’t begin to describe how huge windows, a lack of interior walls and a main floor with a towering ceiling draw the outside in to bathe the heavy wood beams and abundant use of stone in natural light.

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