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2011 - Volume 1 Issue 2
Casas Bonitas
Feature Home
 
Article: Joe Burgess
Photos: Bill Faulkner
 
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Whether contemplating construction of a small dwelling or a large structure that facilitates your every whim, it is truly the details that allow you to feel “at home.” It has to be comfortable, first and foremost, and it has to include design elements that merge with your personality. Of course, size affects cost, as do some of the materials of construction, but creating a “feel good” atmosphere for daily living can be surprisingly affordable.

    Resources

Design and Build:
Icon Homes
Charlie Garcia
915-422-2892
iconcustombuilder.com

Appliances:
Western Wholesale
Supply

915-778-3086

Counter Tops:
Salazar Marble & Granite
915-867-7270

Flooring Carpet:
Preferred Floor Covering
915-590-0056

Flooring Tile:
Interceramic Tile & Stone
915-593-7357

Fireplace Stone:
E F Building Materials
915-593-1301

Fireplace Inserts:
Jack White
Building Specialties

915-855-8630

Heating and Cooling:
B & G Air Conditioning
915-852-1027

Insulation:
Service Insulation
915-921-0691

Insulation:
New Era Foam Insulation
915-203-1533

Landscaping:
Chavez Landscaping
915-726-0163

Pre-Wire and Security:
El Paso Audio Video
by Design

915-346-9118

Tile:
Morales Tile
915-790-2975

Interior Doors:
Trim Team
915-856-0791

Windows:
BMC West
Building Materials

915-598-5421
Icon Homes participates in every cost range of home construction, but it is the creativity and personal attention to detail in each project that wins the hearts of their clients. “We love building spec homes,” claims co-owner Juanita Garcia, “because they allow us to showcase our versatility. They always contribute to additional home sales.”

The home featured in this article is only 2200 square feet, but the tasteful openness of the living area gives the impression of a larger structure, while enhancing the coziness of a smaller space. It’s all about the ability to create a feeling of warmth in any sized area. “We like incorporating curved fur downs that we call ‘the wave,’” states Charlie Garcia, “to break up the monotony of rectangular shapes without creating a challenge for furnishings. Highlighting the swirling ceiling features with either subtle or bold colors depends on the homeowner’s character. Either way, it’s distinctive and fun.”

The creative juices were overflowing during the design of the living room. The dark flagstone fireplace topped with a slate mantle creates a bold, masculine centerpiece for the room. Halfway up the wall, a horizontal 12-inch band of slate provides an intriguing wall break that is softened by a “wave” fur down from the ceiling. The wall is absolutely unique, solid and attractive.

My favorite room, however, is the bathroom. Smooth, dark pebbles work their way around the Jacuzzi and fill the back wall of a large nicho above the Jacuzzi, both of which are drawn together by large clay tiles. The sink area includes a travertine countertop butting up to a slate-covered wall. There is soft lighting under the sink cabinets spilling out onto the tile floor and yes, there are deep “wave” fur downs over both the Jacuzzi and the sink area. The design not only entices you to stay home, but boldly states that this is uniquely YOUR home.

You have to check out the hall bath. No video game enthusiast will be able to pass up the opportunity to play with the joy-stick faucet fixture. It’s like a water feature, game and washbasin all rolled into one unit. Perhaps that’s an overstatement, but it’s sure to attract attention and create conversations.

The front exterior includes stained concrete drive and walkways and a custom garage door to match. Cultured stone terrace walls are offset to provide a more natural-looking setting, which is highlighted by an oriental garden bridge.

If you want something other than a run-of-the-mill tract house, you should talk to Charlie and Juanita. ///
 
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