By Mauri Elbel :: Photography by Doug Gaidry
Those living in the luxurious homes nestled in the Di Lusso Villas at Cordillera Ranch don’t experience the typical building process. For starters, the stress and hassles that often plague building a custom home are non-existent. With most of the details taken care of,
homeowners receive the benefit of moving into a spectacular high-end home without the headaches.
“The process of building couldn’t be any easier,” says Gabriel Garcia, partner at Pasadera Builders, which has been building in Cordillera Ranch for a dozen years. “We have already handled 90 percent of all the work required in building your dream home. The only thing left is selecting your preferred styles and unique finishes that make it yours.”
Secondly, once you move into one of the homes in Di Lusso Villas, which each boast their own unique blend of Old World Tuscan charm, spectacular Hill Country vistas and high-quality detailed finishes, the homes require little maintenance. Each villa in the gated enclave comes with the convenience of “lock-and-leave” common landscape maintenance, lighting, secured gate and trails.
“These homes were designed for the demographic who prefers a lock-and-leave home that is in the Hill Country but with all of the amenities of a resort,” says Garcia of the floorplans that suit established couples looking to build a primary home or add to their home portfolio with a second home they don’t have to worry about when they are away. “Homeowners don’t have to own a lawnmower or weed eater. The houses are designed with control systems that can be operated from anywhere on the planet where there is a signal via a smart phone, tablet or computer, allowing you to control the different aspects ranging from climate control and lighting to security.”
Finally, the home building process is much shorter –– the average time from purchase to move in falls within a year. But what might stand out most are the exceptional quality products and superior level of detail that can be seen in each home –– a concept that Pasadera Builders has perfected over the years. After spending 15 years in the inner loop of the competitive Houston market, Pasadera Builders created a forward-thinking, streamlined process that values quality and authenticity rather than sourcing products meant to emulate a certain look. “If it looks like a wood door, it is a solid wood door,” Garcia simply states.
Rather than building what’s already been deemed “hot,” Garcia says the company strives to explore where design is headed –– to gain a leading edge before it ever becomes a trend. This translates to the various home styles on offer, ranging from classic traditional to transitional or contemporary. Pasadera Builders’ design philosophy manifests in its building process as well. For example, Pasadera Builders is passionate about the mud set process –– homes have an added layer of mortar underneath which allows the use of larger, more unique pieces on tiles and walls that marry up to three-quarter-inch solid wood floors, explains Garcia. For this home, a silver vein cut marble forms the walls and floors of the master bath, creating a visually stunning backdrop for the sleek, spa-like solid surface standing tub. A multifaceted stacked walnut wall has been expertly installed by the trim carpenter in the dining area, where a forged brass fixture with seeded glass dangles above the table. A wine wall, custom built on a walnut inlay with stainless steel bottle holders, maximizes wine storage efficiency while remaining aesthetically appealing.
There are 26 lots in Di Lusso I and another 21 lots in Di Lusso II, of which 19 out of 47 remain available. Nine base floor plans, designed by architect Roy Braswell and his team, have been designed to fit uniquely on each property, taking advantage of the Hill Country views and maximizing privacy for outdoor living spaces. Plans range from 2,500 square feet to 4,800 square feet, and each include multiple room options that can be adapted based on the clients’ wants and needs.
While the exteriors are already mapped out, the interiors are completely malleable. “We keep an architectural consistency on the exterior architecture but the interiors are yours,” says Garcia. “Whatever your scheme, motif or design style is, we can achieve that. Not just through interior finishes but also by moving interior walls and changing room sizes and functions.”
Beginning with a base plan, Pasadera Builders works with each client to make it uniquely theirs by modifying the home to fit their needs and desires. From the second meeting, homeowners are working closely with Nicole Winmill of NR Interiors, who assesses their unique design styles and desires and comes back with various vignettes until everything is just right.
Whether Di Lusso’s homeowners are building their primary home or one of several secondary homes, they get the enjoyment of being within walking distance of The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch clubhouse, fitness center and spa, with the added bonus of having a low-maintenance home with superior details.
“I think first and foremost, there is a higher level of quality in these homes,” Garcia says. “The quality of these homes is second to none in any upper-scale market you will find.”