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They Remodeled This 1970s Chalet Mountain Cabin


Wow! Wait until you watch the renovation slideshow at the end of this post. The owners of the Mountain Time Chalet took it from an outdated 1970s vacation home and turned it into a stunning modern and inviting retreat in Big Bear, California.

Kelly, Waylon, and their infant daughter really went all out doing this DIY renovation. What you’ll find now is a perfect getaway, complete with two bedrooms, a gorgeous kitchen, and a great open-concept gathering area where you can make memories!

It’s a rental on Airbnb, so be sure to book your stay.

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Couple Transforms this 1970s Chalet into Gorgeous Vacation Spot

Oh wow those navy cabinets!!

Floating shelves near the farmhouse sink.

Make a cocktail!

I love that they kept the wood on the ceiling.

Perfect spot to relax.

I love a wood stove, but just look at that cool tile work!

Bar seating and exposed beams.

The bathroom looks great with those subway tiles.

The walk-in shower with a smaller version of those hexagon tiles

The downstairs bedroom.

Love the headboard!

And here’s the upstairs loft room.

It looks like a magical spot to fall asleep.

Queen-sized bed.

Nice little front porch for drinking coffee.

Cafe lights bring a cozy glow to evenings.

A fire pit off the back!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Mario
    June 21, 2021, 2:32 pm

    It’s a nice reno for sure, however I am puzzled by the lack of storage space and closets in the bedrooms, or the entry way ? As I assume this will be used year-round, there should be a place to put boots, overcoats, skates, scarves, parkas and what-not… Storage for the bathroom as well, for towels and all… I see the storage bins under the bed and the two little sets of nooks in the upper bedroom but where does one hang their stuff ?

    I’m just nitpicking I know but still, I am puzzled…

    Thanks !

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 24, 2021, 5:34 am

      Hi Mario — this place was designed specifically as a vacation home, so my thought is they didn’t focus much on long-term storage options. That said, it might be nice to have a “mud room” location for those visitors who choose to be out in the winter elements.

  • vee
    June 21, 2021, 6:09 pm

    Very unique tiny home — in a lovely woodsy setting — love [email protected]

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 21, 2021, 6:39 pm

    Very pretty! Love the kitchen 🙂

  • Katrina Kole
    June 21, 2021, 7:46 pm

    Looks SOOO “Big Bear”. Which I love. I backpacked thru BB. It’s bringing Back sweet memories

  • Kathy Marshall
    June 21, 2021, 8:18 pm

    Is it for sale? Stunning! I’d live upstairs and my 83 yo mom downstairs. She could live out her days in this beautiful home!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 24, 2021, 5:26 am

      I’m afraid not! It’s an Airbnb property.

  • Hudson
    June 22, 2021, 6:10 pm

    Love the interior. Would not want to be that close to neighbors.

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