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Beyond the blueprints

Whistler's rich history of home building grows beam by beam



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"We've got some irons in the fire," he says.

His comments are tinged with sadness the more he talks about Lynskey, the man who took a chance on him, mentored him over the years, his friend.

It's one of the things that perhaps people didn't know about Lynskey, says Heather.

At his core he was a kind person, always sensitive about how people felt.

"He was a really caring person," she says.

Then again, perhaps they do know. Many local contractors got their start at Alta Lake Lumber. Lynskey took many a chance on a 19-year-old kid, helped them, and let them go when it was time for them to forge their own way in the industry.

Heather hopes his legacy won't just be his houses but that Alta Lake Lumber carries on too without him.

"Just to think of it ending... that's 30 guys out of work," says Heather, shaking her head.

Gavan walks down Lakecrest Lane, pointing to Lynskey's work. Four houses in this subdivision were built by Lynskey, the amenity buildings too from the boathouse to the mailboxes.

His mark is everywhere.

Wouldn't it be nice if it were called Lynskey Lane, he muses?

In his mind, it always will be.

The evolution of Matheo Dürfeld

Matheo Dürfeld hasn't built a log home in five years. Don't be fooled by that; business is... busy.

But as times have changed, so too has he — evolving to meet those changes.

For a man, whose company in many ways symbolizes the so-called "Whistler-style," his latest project is a massive departure from the norm.

Instead of heavy log and timber, there's exposed concrete, glass flown in from Italy, zinc roofs, blackened steel and VG fir in a house that takes Whistler building to a whole new level.

And yes, it's true: there's an infinity pool that is cantilevered out of the side of a mountain. To the layperson, that means the pool is supported at only one end — the other end stretches out into the sky. That's 30,000 gallons of water practically suspended mid-air. It's stored and recycled in a cistern, which is cut into the cliff to be kept out of view.

And yes, there are audacious view decks, made from Stanley Park wood, again cantilevered out of the house — heading out to the clouds.

Rising up out of the snowy ground are two large concrete oculi — rounded telescope-like features. They are, in effect, futuristic skylights, one to pour light into the wine cellar below, the other to light up the hot tub.