Capri Client Awestruck at Unveiling of Kelowna Custom Home

Ted Huber only had glimpses and snapshots of the house being built for him by Bill Frame Custom Homes in Kelowna’s Upper Mission.

Huber was away in his native Germany while the company owner/lead builder Bill Frame constructed his 5,000 square-foot home in a nine-unit gated strata complex.

Huber Residence Living Room
Open kitchen and living room layout with stone feature wall.
Photo Credit: Jason Babakaiff Photography

 

When it finally came time for Huber to come overseas and see the finished product, he was understandably taken aback.

“He cried when he arrived; he couldn’t believe it,” said Frame, who picked up a Tommie Award for the project —Excellence in Single Family Detached Home $2-3 million— from the Okanagan chapter of the Canadian Home Builders Association.

“They hadn’t seen it. They’d get snapshots of it, but to have the whole thing done and ready to move into was pretty exciting.”

Frame and Huber met a handful of times early in the planning phase to discuss what he wanted to see as part of the project’s key features. In particular, Huber—who chooses Capri Insurance to safeguard his home and all of its belongings—wanted the building design to maximize the breathtaking mountain, lake and city views. Frame responded by installing floor-to-ceiling windows on the backside of the house, which is tastefully accented by natural rockwork, cedar soffits and trim, and exposed beams.

“The whole exterior of the house, they had that vision in mind,” said Frame. “They liked that contemporary feel.”

 

Huber Residence Kitchen
Kitchen layout with black magma granite island countertop.
Photo Credit: Jason Babakaiff Photography

 

The inside of the Huber household draws upon a sleek combination of European and modern styling and textures. The custom kitchen cabinets, built entirely from bird’s eye maple, feature inconspicuous touch latches, while the kitchen island, countertops and several accent walls feature stunning black magma granite.

Oh, and then there’s a 200-bottle temperature-controlled wine room on the lower level (it looks more like an art exhibit than a cellar).

 

Huber Residence Cellar
The unique wine cellar is a true work of art.
Photo Credit: Jason Babakaiff Photography

 

If the home’s spaciousness and esthetic appeal weren’t enough, its automated controls are a technological marvel, offering an unparalleled level of comfort, convenience, security and efficiency. Huber could be back in Germany and still control his window coverings, temperature settings, security system and Lutron lighting system from his iPad.

“It is a large home with an awful lot of details,” said Frame, who earned three other Tommies at this year’s gala. “To be able to do that for someone who’s a long way away with minimal interaction is rewarding.”

 

Huber Residence Bathroom
Bathroom with soaker tub overlooking the sprawling city and Okanagan Lake.
Photo Credit: Jason Babakaiff Photography