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2011 - Volume 2 Issue 1
Casas Bonitas
Feature Home
 
Article: Joe Burgess
Photos: Bill Faulkner
 
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“My goal was to build a home that uniquely reflected my personality,” states owner Gwen Almodovar, “one that my children and I looked forward to coming home to each day. The overall feel of the home had to be warm, inviting and livable with lots of natural light."

    "We're finding a greater interest in contemporary furniture and design in today's new homes"

Lynda Power,
Designs by L.L. Power
   
  Resources

Design & Build
RC Baeza & Associates
915-857-1818

Interior Design
Designs by L.L. Power
& Associates
915-590-7373

Appliances
Ferguson Enterprises
915-231-5836

Bathroom &
Plumbing Fixtures

Ferguson Enterprises
915-231-5836

Cabinets

A-1 Kitchens by Sierra
915-858-1991

Countertops
Stoneworks
915-594-9091

Flooring
Texas Southwest Flooring
915-261-0370

Lighting
Designers’ Mart
915-778-9223

Heating & Cooling
Mechanical Technologies
915-544-1550

Interior Doors
Nicolas Cortina
915-544-1550

Landscaping
Hoover’s Landscaping
915-838-8083

Pools
Paradise Pools
915-591-8819

Pre-Wire & Security
Home Theater &
Security Experts
915-594-0667

Shutters
St. Mary’s Custom Shutters
915-856-8585

Tile
Emser Tile and
Natural Stone
915-633-9988

Wood Beams
C & D Southwest Lumber
575-526-7745

Interior Doors
Nicolas Cortina
915-544-1550

Windows
AAA Glass
915-857-1661
"From a collection of ideas and photos, it took eight months of collaboration, structural drafts and changes to create the home that I envisioned on paper. Several modifications and additions were made after we broke ground totaling approximately 18 months before the home was complete. The builder, Robert Baeza, was extremely knowledgeable, creative, and very detail-oriented. Lynda Power, the interior designer, was amazing in her ability to understand and create an atmosphere that truly reflected my vision. Her ability to pull together art, fabrics and furnishings is what creates the personality of the home.”

The home is Tuscan design with contemporary interior décor. There are lots of arches and asymmetrical walls. The formal dining room makes a bold contemporary statement, utilizing a large bay window concept at one end; large, arched recesses in the walls supporting massive contemporary artwork; and a floor that cleverly combines cultured stone and wood. The unique dining table, seating nine diners, was custom-designed and finished for the room. “Even though it is seldom used, the formal dining room is my favorite accomplishment,” Gwen shares, “I think it is beautiful.”

“My favorite feature, however, is the pool and patio area, which we use often.” The pool was custom-designed by Paradise Pools for this home, and the elongated water feature is visible the moment you enter the front door of the house. The back porch covers an outdoor kitchen and island bar at one end and an outdoor dining area at the other. A smaller, more intimate courtyard on the side of the house includes an outdoor fireplace. Although photographed in its infancy, the overall landscaping was designed by Hoover’s Landscaping to be as green and lush as possible.

The exterior has a stucco and cultured stone finish with clay tile roof elements and a flat parapet. Wrought iron is utilized in the entryway and on the custom wood entry door. Inside, there are arched wooden doors, custom French doors open to the office and a custom door leads to the courtyard.

The interior finish throughout is Venetian plaster and powder orange peel. The exception is the office with a suede texture. Artist Mary McIntyre painted murals in the bedrooms over the beds. Floors in the house are travertine and wood – the bedrooms having wood floors.

With a bubble light chandelier hanging from a large circular recess and two glass-door entries, the shower is like no other. “Often referred to as the drive-through shower during construction,” laughs Gwen, “it is absolutely beautiful.” The bathrooms have vessel sinks and custom contemporary cabinets. The spa is a retreat – it’s soft and romantic with a soothing ceiling.

The kitchen is very functional, very open and modern. The columns on either side of the glass cooktop have pullout drawers for pans. There is a microwave and warmer in the island and the kitchen has a double drawer dishwasher. Cabinetry has an espresso finish.

The great room has an entertainment center with a NuVo sound system. The bar opens up into the formal living room and a baby grand piano was an investment for Gwen’s daughter. The television in the formal living room is hidden behind a two-way mirror to maintain the formal appearance of the room.

Gwen moved to El Paso from North Carolina six years ago and is a corporate executive for two corrugated box companies. She chose the location because it was a small, gated community with controlled lots and felt it was a good investment. There are very few small developments on the east side of El Paso. She shares the home with her children, Breanna and Nicholas, a yellow lab and a Shit-Tzu. ///
 
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