In the late 1970s, Helmut, his brother simulated Hugo Eppich, lived in a house designed by the leading architect Arthur Erickson of Canada. "So when time came to build a home from myself, of course, I wanted Arthur Erickson's house too," said Eppich. He said, some opposition from friends and family. "People said," Why do you get the same architect? You end with the same house with your brother ".
But Eppich persevered, and commissioned a steel and steel home on slopes in the British Property neighborhood of West Vancouver. "My brother's house," Eppich notes, "was completely concrete."
The Eppich brothers emigrated from Germany to Canada in 1953. In 1956, Ebco Industries Ltd, a metal maker, which, at its height, encompassed over 20 subsidiaries, and who is now employing more the 200 employees.
Given that the house was made of steel and chrome, and Eppich owned a steel and chrome manufacturer, he quickly realized that he could make most of the materials for the house. "He took a long time," he said, "but we could make all the steel and electroplating fabrics on our own."
The rest of it, "he said," has been done by people who were in the industry, but worked for us. "It was not just about cost savings (although it was unfortunately – it had to pay for it, the cost of materials and labor), but it also meant that Eppich could have rigorous quality control over the process The final result, he said, "is sound and perfect."
In 1988 Eppich, his wife Brigitte, and three children moved into the house. The Eppichs have lived in it ever since but he said, he and his wife were in their 80s, and the house was "getting too big for us." They have been placed on the market with Eric Latta of Sotheby's International Realty Canada for $ 16.8 million.
Reign for free
Despite the practical approach of Eppich to the actual structure, he said he was giving a reign to Erickson to design the house, however. Erickson also designed a lot of home furniture, including the living room tables, dining boards, desks, and chairs-and all Eppich's company was made. (The furniture has included in the sale.) According to Erickson, the house was told that "its most complete work."
The house has a little less than 6,000 square feet, and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and a half. There is also a guest house built six years ago, and adds another 1,000 sq ft to the total living area of the property.
Visitors come down the middle of the home, where there is a living room, kitchen, and dining room. The upper series is on top of the stairs, which is also studying, and the three bedrooms are lower. The bottom also has a media / entertainment room.
Outside, the middle level opens up to a heating pool, while the entire property, approximately 1.2 acres, has a roof. There are two ponds that reflect a pool, which the hotel house looks for, and the last water feature is a natural river, which runs through the property .
The house is strikingly spectacular, and given the prominence of the architect, over the years it has attracted considerable attention. Eppich says they have entertained a number of architectural historians over the years, including one day when they leave a trip of around 300 architects from around the world. "They were there to see what the house looked," he said.
Given the fact that the house is made of steel and glass, visitors may assume that a large amount of maintenance is needed, but Eppich says that he must only Touching over the years is that the glass is between the brick glass. "There's no record at all," he said.
Eppich decided to sell a year ago, and in the meantime he has bought an apartment in Vancouver that he and his wife can move into. "You have to leave some," he said. "My brother also sold his house."