By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Doug Galdry
Pasadera Builders spent 15 years in the Houston market before moving to the Texas Hill Country and developing a relationship with Cordillera Ranch. In 2009 their efforts were fulfilled with the opening of the Di Lusso Villas at Cordillera Ranch. At its core, Di Lusso is based on luxury and simplicity with the convenience of a “lock-and-leave” villa community including landscape maintenance, architectural lighting and remote access to security and HVAC systems for all residences.
Gabriel Garcia, Partner at Pasadera Builders, says the real differentiator with Di Lusso Villas is, “the higher level quality product that is more authentic to the architecture. It’s not designed to fit in; it leans into the trends making design contrails with newness and forward thinking. Our means, methods and discerning tastes were perfected in Houston’s elite inner-loop market and we brought them here. We build with high-end custom products that befit sophisticated clients. We offer better products from the start as our standard, so that clients never feel ‘I wish I had’ when their home is completed.”
In addition to the construction, part of the appeal of Di Lusso is the themed synergy set against the stunning Hill Country views of the gated enclave. Patterned after Old World Tuscan charm, the residences feature limestone masonry and traditional three step integral colored stucco exteriors. Imported Italian clay tile roofs feature exposed tail rafters and detailed wood soffits cornices. All have anterior courtyards and modular paver driveways. A Pasadera hallmark is their unmatched detailed finishes. “Our mindset towards details required us to educate local trades to our ways,” says Garcia. “We’ll go to the best quality vendor regardless of where they are.” Those details, Garcia says, are more appropriate for the architecture, including square corners on sheetrock, true full depth baseboards, solid wood inch and three quarter interior doors and lighting control systems for each room, to name a few.
“Lighting is one of the most important aspects of our homes. Low voltage lighting with halogen lamps lit to the right level of brightness and direction caters to our sophisticated client.” Each room only has one light switch and there are no electrical receptacles on the walls as they are all housed in the baseboards. “Walls are the canvas for life. These sorts of details allow you to feature what you want without distraction, be it art or family photos.”
Pasadera engages some the industry’s best in their product development with renowned architect Roy Braswell designing master architecture plans and Nicole Winmill of NR Interiors doing their interiors. “We do classical, museum contemporary or traditional — there are no motif restrictions and an array of design options.” One design style they’ve developed and been a leader in is what Garcia calls “the two coast design,” that they started back in 2006. “We unite East and West to the Hill Country interjecting and influencing the design with material samples to create a style Nicole coined, ‘Hill Country Contemporary.’ We add warm, inviting materials and interlace them with contemporary elements and influences.”
There’s also uniqueness in the Pasadera’s client. “Our clients are typically adding to their home portfolio. They’re used to a certain style, quality of product and the lock and leave aspect. This is their grand finale, forever home.” Currently there are three Pasadera homes under construction and the holidays will bring a spec home, “unlike anything we’ve done before,” says Garcia. But, you’re in luck if you want one now as two resale Pasadera listings in Di Lusso Villas are currently available. You can find more information on Pasadera Builders on Houzz.