arthur erickson : eppich II

designed by : arthur erickson
built by : hugo eppich in 1988 (2018-listed for 16.8mil)

a short blurb about the house by the realtor :

“eppich house 2”. the residence arthur erickson called his “most complete work”. a stunning iconic canadian masterpiece offered for the first time! internationally acclaimed arthur erickson designed this one-of-a-kind steel and glass home which was custom built by the owners with every detail created to perfection. an absolutely breathtaking property which has been the featured around the globe in magazines and film transcends from a visual and natural experience that is tranquil and refined in every way. this totally private 1.18 acre sun drenched oasis with a flowing creek and approx. 6000sq/ft of living space includes gorgeous carriage house and is simply irreplaceable. the details are extraordinary including all furnishings designed by erickson and his team. a canadian landmark!

an article in bcbusiness magazine : big fat deal

a great article in wallpaper magazine : curved space

new video : 4056 west 38th avenue

check out the original blog post on the house here : custom in dunbar

short blurb by the realtor:

presenting the peter cardew architects designed concrete zinc house. this four bedroom masterpiece was custom built for its current owner & could not be replaced for anywhere close to this price. geothermal, 11′ ceilings, high-end kitchen, 1,000+ bottle whisperkool controlled wine room, roof deck jacuzzi w/ sweeping views & entertaining areas that open to an expansive south facing patio. security & convenience are paramount with this home; high security glass, monitored security system, cameras, low maintenance yard feat in-ground irrigation, high-quality syn lawn turf grass and a 35kw generac natural gas generator can run the entire home and automatically starts following a power outage. a truly remarkable home.

Open House: Wed 11th Apr 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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new modern : 4697 west 3rd avenue

designed by : campos studio

built by : overton cnstruction ltd. in 2017 [listed for 8.3mil]

a short description of the house by the realtor:

warm and inviting custom home designed for the modern family by award winning architecture firm campos studio (western living 2017 architect of the year). home engineered and designed to the highest level of detail. inside, this bespoke home you will find impressive millwork throughout, gaggenau appliances including full fridge & freezer, two dishwashers, gas cooktop and microwave. custom integrated leather sofa and marble counters. outside is finished with reclaimed brick. top of the line marvin windows for home and lane way. second story garden and rooftop deck possible. beautifully landscaped. large laneway with custom kitchen, bedroom and den. no expenses spared on this must see home.

west coast modern : hemingway treehouse renovation

photography by p. powles

designed by : original house (1976) by brian hemingway, extensive renovation (2017) by fook weng chan

original house description : spectacular, serene and unique custom designed home by well known architect, brian hemingway, his own private residence known as the treehouse. environmentally inclusive with changes in the seasons, lights, eagles, herons, squirrels, complete ocean view of sparkling ships by day and brightly lit floats drifting by. multi level, 1890 square feet, three full bedrooms, amazing den reading area, wood burning and gas fireplaces, 2 full baths, decks, massive sliding doors to balconies that are extensions of the house to the outdoors. this home is full of detail, interest, and an amazing blend of wood, ambience and a respect for space indoors and out.

photography by p. powles

in 2013, new owner took on the task of renovating this post-and-beam home to a new level of beauty.

few words from the architect about the renovation : brian hemingway built it in 1977.  at the time, at thompson berwick pratt, he and his mentor paul merrick were working on a few projects which explored similar design vocabularies including the macmillan bloedel forestry exhibit centre in van dusen gardens, and the canadian forces officer candidate school in cfb chilliwack.  paul built his treehouse a few years earlier than brian.

fook weng chan started designing the renovation over 2 1/2 years ago, but the end product is very much an ideal team effort with the owners, builder and his team. he had been an associate with thompson berwick pratt for 12 of his 14 years there and was the project architect for the majority of brian’s projects from 1987 – 96 so he was comfortable with the challenge.

at the treehouse, it was important to distill the essence and recognize the daring and genius of the original design whilst imbuing the home with layers that speak to and of the new occupants,  all that while upgrading a home that had not been maintained for almost 4 decades.  the owners are to be congratulated for undertaking this effort to save a piece of bc architectural heritage.

original kitchen before renovation. photo by pixilink

renovated kitchen open to seating area. photography by p. powles

view of treehouse looking up from walkway/stairs from street. photo by david kominek

new decks and charred wood siding throughout. photo by david kominek

dining room with corner window looking out onto yard and forest beyond. photo by david kominek

block wall of fireplace and timber posts in top of treehouse. photo by david kominek

view of back of house with new copper roofing and intriguing scupper detail. photo by david kominek

stone stairs in yard space with scupper lead to water feature. photo by david kominek

new video and images : 1505 tolmie

designed by : frits de vries

built by : natural balance in 2015 [2017-relisted for 7.79mil]

check out the original blog post from 2015

here is the listing write-up by the realtor:

nothing compares to this. the view from every floor, from the decks, the jetted tub in the ensuite, the pool, even the lower floor guest room – every ocean view point was considered when fritz de vries designed this georgie award winning home.

the location on the corner of belmont and tolmie is one of the best point grey’s spots to live and enjoy the access to the beach and the point grey amenities. built with precision, this home sits up high on a point that strategically captures the ocean, the beach, the mountains, and the sparkling city scape. the decks with expansive views, landscaped gardens and the stepping stone pathways encircled with crawling thyme all make living outside in this home a gardeners dream. in addition, the home owners enjoy the outdoor pool, the raised hot tub, and the gym/garage as part of their experience at this property.

the construction of this home is also a dream. entirely built of concrete, steel, glass, 1505 tolmie has a butterfly-floating roof with wood soffits and customized precision of each angle and line. when viewing this home, the buyer has to look at every corner, recessed lighting and roofline to appreciate the talent and design that when into creating this home. local builders, natural balance, constructed this home with certified built green to the platinum – the highest level.

the layout of this home is unique with many different opportunities. the main floor you enter on has an open den with a fireplace and views to the garden and beyond. also featured are a large bedroom with private deck, 4 piece bath, laundry room, climate controlled wine room and access to the garage/gym. up the floating staircase, takes you to the open-concept living room, kitchen and dining spaces. each entertaining space faces either the spectacular water views or the ambient lit swimming pool area. the kitchen is top of the line – subzero, wolf and bosch appliances, modern pendant lighting and white custom cabinetry and solid stone counters. the expansive glass doors to the decks open up off the living space creating the indoor-outdoor feel. the room can also feel cozy with the beautiful modern floating fireplace and the custom millwork which hides the tv.

the top floor is heavenly. picture lying in bed and watching whales go by, picture soaking in the tub and watching sailboats go by or working from your office/3rd bedroom and enjoying the sunsets.

this home is the perfect fit for those that appreciate unforgettable views, architecture at its finest, a solid build with every modern feature and a location that west coast lifestyle was named for.

victoria modern : 1851 crescent road

designed by : DeHoog and Keirulf

built by : ? in 2008 [2017-listed for 6.4mil]

short description of the house by realtor, brett jones :

1851 crescent road sits at the apex of gonzales bay, victoria’s finest urban waterfront. an area entwined in the history of victoria, the bay was once home to rum-runners, bath houses, tea rooms and dance halls. today this balmy, sandy bay remains full of life, beauty and intrigue. sheltered from ocean breezes, it is the perfect spot for kayaking and swimming.
from the road you are presented with a mere glimpse of the property. to fully appreciate the location you need only step through the custom stainless gates. once inside you’ll discover a stunning view across the juan defuca strait to the olympic peninsula of washington state that very few have the opportunity to experience.
from top to bottom this home is designed to make the most of its location. start your day with your favourite cuppa and front-row seats to the daytime maritime activities of passing cruise ships, sailboats and local craft. end your day in the infinity pool, or sip a glass of wine by the patio fireplace, while you watch the glowing sunset give way to the twinkling lights of port angeles on the far shore. then make your way up to roof-top deck for a little star gazing.
and while the vistas are magnificent, the inside won’t disappoint either. the home offers a generous 4,810 square feet plus an additional 2,341 square feet of outdoor living. designed by preeminent victoria architects dehoog and keirulf, this home is a breathtaking example of west coast contemporary style. best practices in architectural design are evident throughout. solid construction features include commercial-grade steel with sacked and parged concrete and locally sourced natural materials, large overhangs shade the floor-to-ceiling windows to maintain a comfortable living environment.
fourteen-foot sliding doors glide elegantly into pre-formed niches in the concrete structure at the touch of a finger. floors are a mix of hardwood and terrazzo concrete with in-floor radiant heat.
1851 crescent road was thoughtfully designed to take advantage of this idyllic location. the outdoor spaces have been considered as carefully as the interior. the gas fireplace on the main deck allows you to extend your enjoyment of this glorious space year-round.

the upper deck view

sauna in basement

fireplace in living room

warm kitchen

front of house

upper gallery

west vancouver mid-century : 6245 taylor drive

designed by : arthur mudry

built by : ? in 1965 [2017-listed for 10.8mil]

short write-up on the house by the realtor:

a magnificent 1 acre waterfront estate in gleneagles with over 200 ft of west facing, gently sloping oceanfront. this architecturally designed home by arthur mudry is situated on a tranquil and park-like property on a quiet street with towering cedars, natural gardens and winding trails to the water that invite swimming and kayaking. immaculately maintained, this elegant west coast home features 2,620 sq. ft. of living with a sensational great room with floor to ceiling windows and signature fireplace, a master bedroom suite upstairs, and an expansive deck to enjoy outdoor living with spectacular sunset views to whytecliff park and bowen island. this is a rare and untouched preserve of west coast waterfront…

this house is in good company with a dan white modern next door (cascading boxes)