March 29, 2012
A House Set Apart . . .
What sets a $10 million-plus house apart from the rest? It could be the Lake Okanagan setting of the luxurious 8,000-square-foot Holler Residence, or its bedrooms, each with ensuites, built-in media centres, dressers and cabinet-grade walk-in closets.
Georgie Award judges deemed the Holler Residence Best Single-Family Detached Home valued over $10,000,000 (a new category this year), Best Kitchen Over $100,000 – New, Best Master Suite – New and Best Unique Feature for its 1,200-bottle-plus basement wine cellar. Not to overlook Vicki and Eric Gerrits’ Homescape Building & Design’s award for Custom Home Builder of the Year.
As part owners of a winery, the owners required massive storage and tasting facilities. A glass wall with wooden accent columns showcases the space while a wine elevator – locally designed and built, piece by piece – carries more than 100 bottles from the cellar to the upper level.
In the cellar itself, built of cedar, rock, onyx and polished concrete, more than 320 LED lights accent individual bottles while the home’s central geothermal system controls its climate. Two weeks ago at the 2011 CHBA National SAM Awards the Holler Residence won Single Detached Home Over 4,000 Square Feet in the Custom Homes category.