Welcome to our Airbnb! Inspo + floorplan

We are excited to take you into a deep dive of the floor plan at Raven on the Ridge. The who, what and why can be found here.

Raven on the Ridge has been a labor of love. It all started with the hunt and purchase of the lot at SilverStar Mountain Resort at the end of 2020. Once the deal was (almost…) sealed, we worked on the duplex plans with a building designer.

We put together a brief detailing our must-haves, things we didn’t like, and the rough square footage. This was all accompanied by inspirational pictures of interiors and exteriors and examples of floor plans.

A few of our must-haves included a boot room, open concept principal bedroom and bathroom, and preferably a two-story building vs. three. Honestly, our things-we-don’t-like list was way longer than the must-haves list. We always planned on building a side-by-side duplex so we could host more guests.

Before we share the final floor plan with you I’ll take you through a few of our inspiration pictures. 

When building, there’re sometimes certain building requirements in regards to exterior colours, materials, and finishings you’ve to work with. With our guidelines in mind, we put together an exterior that we absolutely love.

One of our main inspirations for the house. Not for the colour (since our Airbnb is at a ski and bike resort we don’t want a white house) but for the shape. The exterior colour will be a very dark charcoal called Graphite.

Amber Lewis exterior was another huge inspiration. This rock work is absolutely stunning. And since we don’t love the look of rock wainscoting that goes 2-3 feet up the wall, we decided to do a full, top-to-bottom rock wall on our exterior. 

This modern Italian farmhouse is by design firm John Lively + Associates in collaboration with Hayes Signature Homes.

In a word, LOVE! We might have given our contractor a heart attack after he saw some of our inspiration pictures. Some things were way out of our budget but we mainly used those pictures to show what we like and to hopefully find a way to replicate the same feel on a substantially smaller budget.


Since we are building a relatively small duplex to stay within our budget we are looking at ways to create a sense of space and openness. Each side is roughly 1600 sq. ft., excluding the garage, and has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a boot room, an open concept kitchen, a dining plus living area, a hot tub patio, and a deck.

The living space will be open like you see above in the design by Futureflip. We will have a number of large windows capturing the view of the mountains all around.

This stunning home, designed by Intuitive Architects, was on the top of our get-inspired list. Are there a number of elements out of our budget? Yes, but the flow and mood they created in this space is pure perfection.

Principal bed and bathroom
Now, this was a non-negotiable. The open concept principal bed and bathroom, the perfect place to escape after a long day on the hill. Bring your kids with you but turn on a movie in the bunk bedroom while you soak in the tub overlooking the views of Silver Star Mountain. 

Our layout is a bit different than this but it gave the building designers an idea of what we were after. Dutch interior designer, Anne Clause Interiors, did such a fabulous job on this space. 

Bunk room
Another must! Custom-built bunk beds to sleep 6. Check out this bunk room reveal by Becki Owens. We can’t wait to decorate this space.

And now for the good stuff.

Where we started in the building design process

This plan was approximately 2000 sq. ft. more than what wanted to build. Plus it had way too many closets and weird nooks and walls throughout the space. So after a few major changes, this is what we ended up with:

Final plans

Yes, yes. I know the stairs are missing on one unit but here is the plan! We couldn’t be happier. It has everything we wanted packed into 1600 sq. ft. excluding the garage. Each side is perfect for 1 or 2 families and we can’t wait to host you at our Airbnb!

  • Just discovered your blog and inspos via google maps. Love it, thank you for sharing your story. Who did you get to build this beautiful home.

  • It is a truly stunning home. Thanks for sharing the story of inspiration ideas and for making your home available to others so that they can also enjoy its beauty.
    The interior decorating is perfect, even down to the tinted bottles for shampoo in the bathrooms.

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