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   IT'S THE VIEW
 
 
 
2011 - Volume 1 Issue 2
Casas Bonitas
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Article: Joe Burgess
Photos: Bill Faulkner
 
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The view of the mountains or of the Rio Grande Valley is often the driving force for choosing the location of a home in both Las Cruces and El Paso. For the Chastine family in Las Cruces, it was definitely the view of the mountains. “We absolutely love observing the many moods of the Organ Mountains,” relates Tammy Chastine. “Almost every room in the house has a window facing the mountain and the windows on that side of the house are over scaled to enhance the view. The back patio, of course, looks toward the rugged terrain – I even enjoy the drive from town because the mountains seem to initiate their calming effects as I head toward the house.”

    Resources

Design and Build:
Coyle Associates
David Coyle
575-642-3014
coylebuilders.com

Appliances:
Builders Source
575-526-5200

Bathroom and
Kitchen Fixtures:
Las Cruces Winnelson
575-523-7401

Cabinets and Lighting:
Kitchen Kraft
575-525-8466

Counter Tops:
Ceramic Tile &
Natural Stone

575-522-7515

Counter Tops:
The Design Center
575-526-1022

Flooring:
Malooly’s
575-523-0633

Doors:
Rawson Builders Supply
575-524-3568

Fireplace Surrounds:
The Great River Company
575-527-5434

Heating and Cooling:
Climate Masters
575-382-0240

Insulation:
Ontiveros Insulation
575-525-3496

Landscaping:
Guzman’s Greenhouse
575-521-0496

Pool:
Dolphin Pools
575-523-0116

Pre-Wire and Security:
Apex Technology
575-527-9070

Roofing:
Ridgetop Construction
575-527-5444

Windows:
Denney Construction
575-523-0049
The house is livable, meaning that it was designed and built for friends and co-workers to enjoy. “We have family here every Sunday for lunch, friends bring lunches and their children for ‘swim days’ and I occasionally invite business coworkers with their children for an informal meeting.”

Livable, yes, but in addition to the oversize windows, the home has some attention-grabbing features. The pressed tin ceiling over the formal dining room was designed by Nancy Charles and custom made in Mexico. It is essentially a stunning artistic element that contributes a unique character to the home.

The family hangout is the large kitchen/ entertainment area. The spacious kitchen includes a wet island, a double refrigerator with wood cabinet doors and double sinks situated to allow the children to view the entertainment center while washing dishes(!!). A corner fireplace and a large window with that Organ Mountain scene truly makes it a great area for the whole family.

The formal living and dining area are designed for people to enjoy each other’s conversations (no television). The fireplace, with a large cantera mantle, is actually a see-through fireplace that can also be enjoyed from the office side of the wall. Large square cantera columns provide the appearance of solid construction, but the area is comfortable…and the view is great.

Large, glass French doors divide the master bedroom from the patio area. Heavy hand-carved wooden supports for the fireplace mantle provide an additional touch of warmth to the room. Square rooms were avoided by the Chastines throughout the house and an angled or corner window wall in the bedroom accomplishes that with a flair of elegance. Furred ceilings and tile work give the master bath its own special character. The mountains are not visible from the Jacuzzi tub, but windows do connect it to the natural surroundings.

A large, covered patio borders the pool and outdoor Jacuzzi area with bowl-shaped water features along the far edge of the pool. The rock and wrought iron fencing prevents the young ones from wondering off while allowing an unhampered view of the surrounding desert landscape and jagged mountains.

There is never a lack of activity at the Chastine home, but the floorplan for the house and patio, well, it does make you want to pour yourself a glass of wine and just enjoy the view. ///
 
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