18 Warm and Cozy Chalet Style Exterior Design Ideas

Well placed for sun in the summer, skiing in the winter, and with spectacular views all the time. A vacation home is a luxury most people dream about. While many nurture visions of lakefront cabins and beach bungalows, others imagine a cozy, snowy hideaway—the ski chalet. We pulled together some of the most lavish, modern mountaintop retreats we could find to get you daydreaming about a hot chocolate by the fire after a long day on the slopes. If you are looking for a vacation home a chalet design is one of our most popular in this category! Chalet-style homes are reminiscent of homes on alpine ski slopes; indeed, most versions look as though they’ve been plucked from a mountainous backdrop. Typical exterior details include exposed beams, distinctive “wiggle-board” treatments on the eaves and/or decks, and fanciful rails that frame the porch and/or deck.

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