Overlooking gorgeous rolling hills in the Hockley Valley north of Toronto, Ontario, this is a project by Heather Asquith Architect.

This much loved family chalet built in the 1960’s was in need of renovation. Out went interior finishes circa 1970, a too-narrow deck and tiny windows that only gave a glimpse of the spectacular view across the hills and pond below. In went large doors and windows opening to an expanded deck that takes the incredible view right into the house. A new screened porch is nestled below the deck and accessed from a renovated walkout from the lower floor. The interior was reorganized with an expanded kitchen and more spacious living areas. All areas were fitted with built-in bookshelves to house a large book collection. Both owners work in book publishing so there was a substantial library to organize.

Updating the chalet with new finishes but maintaining the “chalet” character was a particular challenge. Existing reclaimed wood beams were maintained but were set against whitewashed wood siding and a light wood interior. A new concrete farmhouse style sink maintains the rustic feel while complementing more modern finishes. From the owner: "we could not be happier with the look and feel of the place and can't wait to get up there every weekend.”

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Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine. View from pond below. Photo  of Hockley Valley Chalet RenovationView Photos

View from pond below.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Counter, Wood Cabinet, and Pendant Lighting. View of Kitchen. Photo 2 of Hockley Valley Chalet RenovationView Photos

View of Kitchen.

Modern home with Kitchen, Pendant Lighting, Wood Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Undermount Sink, and Wall Lighting. View of Kitchen Photo 3 of Hockley Valley Chalet RenovationView Photos

View of Kitchen

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, and Pendant Lighting. View of Kitchen. Photo 4 of Hockley Valley Chalet RenovationView Photos

View of Kitchen.

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Bookcase, Light Hardwood Floor, Slate Floor, and Wood Burning Fireplace. View of Living Room Photo 5 of Hockley Valley Chalet RenovationView Photos

View of Living Room

Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Woodland, and Slope. View of Deck. Photo 6 of Hockley Valley Chalet RenovationView Photos

View of Deck.

Modern home with Outdoor, Rooftop, Trees, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. View looking over hills from deck. Photo 7 of Hockley Valley Chalet RenovationView Photos

View looking over hills from deck.

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Glass Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine. View from pond. Photo 8 of Hockley Valley Chalet RenovationView Photos

View from pond.

Builder
  • Porter Skelton & Associates
Photographer
Bedrooms
  • 5
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Rustic
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 2300