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Beyond the blueprints

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



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It has been up for sale of late and it remains to be seen if someone else will own it soon. But it will always be Munster's.

"You build it, you sell it. But it still feels like yours," he says.

You think it would be his favourite, he muses, but it's hard say which one is closest to his heart. He picks he latest build on Blueberry.

In a changing style that's bringing more modern contemporary looks to town, this build is classic Whistler and by extension classic Munster. Like Akasha, Munster, Bonnie and McColm designed this one from start to finish.

Big round beams rise up through the foundation.

The floor to ceiling windows pull you through, towards the views that are impossible to look away from — Mount Currie and Wedge Mountain from the family room, the golf course and village and Whistler Blackcomb from the dining room, the peak of Whistler Mountain from the living room.

When you think of the Whistler chalet of your dreams, this is what you picture. This is the kind of house where you imagine kicking off your ski boots, snuggling into the oversize couch and watching the alpen glow unfold.

"The house has to feel good when you walk in," Munster explains.

As he walks through that house, he highlights things that make it "his" such as the signature roof downstairs in the games area — Alaska yellow cedar with red cedar trim.

This house wrapped up two years ago and he's been working on a few smaller jobs since then. He's got his fingers crossed that his newest design for a private spa will get approved on an estate lot.

He estimates he's had a hand in about 35 homes in the valley.

It may be a long way from Munsterville, even longer from "Andy's First House," but the old hippie still remains.

Coming to Whistler was "the best move I've ever made in my life."

That's not because he became an award-winning builder/designer, not because he was able to make a living from these multi-million dollar homes.

It was the fresh air, the mountains, the lifestyle: "That, to me, is worth millions."