Design & Build
For our build we chose a traditional Savoyard chalet design sourcing natural, local materials where possible. The large rocks used in the landscaping came from Saxon, a nearby town.
The wooden exterior is clad in larch, known locally as mélèze, a traditional timber used in chalet construction that can withstand the weathering effect of the alpine sun. The terrace decking is constructed from ipe, a durable and strong hardwood that requires no chemical preservative treatment.
The handmade roof of Luzerne stone confers character, and should not ever need replacing, although it does require a more substantial wooden structure to support its greater weight. The chimney, guttering and downpipes are all made from solid copper that is also built to last.
The craftsmanship and attention to detail is a wonder to behold. A quick look at the massive wooden joists that support the eaves will reveal intricate curves, where even the edges of the timber have been carefully chamfered.
Although the capital cost was high, we made the decision to install an eco-friendly geothermal heating system instead of an oil-based one. For the price of running a water pump, the chalet can be kept at a constant comfortable temperature throughout the year, whilst also vastly reducing the building’s carbon emissions.