Creating Character with Curb Appeal
Di Lusso Villas at Cordillera Ranch by Pasadera Builders in Boerne, Texas, proves the value in creating homes with both aesthetic attraction and efficient building standards.
By Carina Calhoun
It is no secret that first impressions are important. In homebuilding, that first impression begins with curb appeal. By paying attention to proportions and scale and using the right materials, the exterior of a home defines the overall character of a community.
Pasadera Builders, in partnership with Cordillera Ranch Development, has created an authentic experience at Di Lusso Villas at Cordillera Ranch in Boerne, Texas. From exterior Tuscan-inspired materials, interior craftsmanship, and a resort-style setting, the master planned, gated community breaks the mold of traditional home building models.
With 17 built and occupied homes in Di Lusso within the 8,700-acre development of Cordillera Ranch, phase two of the project is currently available in multiple floor plan selections. Ranging from 2,400 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet, the homes start in the $700,000s.
According to Charlie Hill, President of Cordillera Ranch Development, the ranch was an active working ranch prior to development, and it was a desire to develop a community that preserves its ranch characteristics, leaving minimal impact on the land and wildlife. He explains, “For Di Lusso, the inspiration was to develop a Tuscan hillside village of homes. For Cordillera Ranch, the inspiration was to develop a resort-style community, capturing all of the amenities the hill country offers and integrates seamlessly with the existing native vegetation.”
With this project, the builder, developer, and various architects — including renowned Texas architect Roy Braswell — worked closely to custom design homes and the lots upon which the homes would be situated, so each aspect of the Villa’s floor plan would be taken into consideration and fit well with the surrounding Villas. One example is how the windows, patios, and overall views from each Villa were carefully planned to avoid blocking the primary view of another Villa and, further, so that each patio was protected from their neighbor with smart positioning of rooms and exterior walls. Hill says,
“Rarely have a builder and developer worked so closely to make sure the lot layout and building design would perfectly complement one another so the homeowner can get the most enjoyment out of the home.”
Gabe Garcia, Manager of Pasadera Builders says, “We spent months carefully designing each lot layout … it entailed thinking creatively with the lot lines so you will note numerous lots that are not typical rectangles, instead some lot lines go straight back from the street and then take a 45-degree angle to help the floor plan work with the view and to protect privacy.”
With precise topography proportions for each desired site plan, exterior design highlights are a consistent architectural style befitting the real Tuscan region in Italy. These elements include: integrating colored stucco and complimenting masonry mixes; varied exterior colored windows and doors reminiscent of Italian villages; and solid terra cotta clay tile roofs imported from Italy. Additionally, courtyards and exterior terraces enhance the outdoor living experience. These details lend themselves to the authenticity and attention to detail the builder, developer, and designers took to achieve their specific vision.
The area is also located near the centerpiece to Cordillera Ranch which is the Clubs of Cordillera Ranch — a 40,000-square-foot, members-only clubhouse. Hills says, “The proximity to the Clubhouse and convenience of lock and leave typically attract empty nesters looking to simplify their lifestyle without foregoing some of the finest craftsmanship.” As the club has grown, it has helped attract new residents that now know they can have the best of both worlds — the wide open space of the Texas hill country as well as a fun social scene.
However, these homes boast more than aesthetics and amenities. According to Garcia, these homes follow the more stringent energy codes of the major municipalities and provide buyers with a high level of energy efficiency with an emphasis on the building envelop. This strategy includes having a sufficient amount of space to obtain higher R values with 100 percent two-by-six exterior walls. Garcia explains, “The mechanical delivery systems are designed such that a comfortable internal ambient climate is achieved without the inefficiency typically seen with the standard HVAC units.” These building methods provide a package of energy efficiency that is expected by buyers in this market without compromising the architectural design.
From young buyers starting families to retirees looking to take in the resort-style setting, the Cordillera Ranch Development is creating a flexible living experience for years to come. Hill comments, “We are constantly evolving and trying to meet ever-changing market trends and demands; that has helped us continue to grow over a 20- year period.”
Carina Calhoun is Editor-at-Large for Builder and Developer magazine. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.