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Bella Vita Custom Homes Hosts Open House Events in the M Streets!

Categories: News, Recent Events | Posted: February 20, 2015
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Texas’ leading builder of customized luxury residences, Bella Vita Custom Homes, is thrilled to welcome the public to open house events at two of their most distinguished and innovative creations this weekend. Located in the fashionable M Streets, 5407 Belmont Avenue is a striking interpretation of the distinctive architecture of the Texas Hill Country, while 5424 Willis Avenue is a wonderfully retro visitation of the craftsman bungalow style that dominated American home building nearly a century ago and has never lost its popularity.

Both homes will be open at 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21st and from 12:00 pm until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22nd. Guests can enjoy mimosas and gourmet pastries until 2 p.m. each day, with wine and cheese offered later in the afternoons.

5407 Belmont

5407 Belmont

At 3,550 square feet and offered at $809,999, 5407 Belmont recalls the Hill Country with its limestone construction, fortress-like front portal, and standing-seam metal roof. Inside, the traffic flow is modern and the features dramatic, beginning with a 33-foot long gallery wall illuminated from a second-story light well to feature treasured art. Downstairs, both formal and informal living areas share space with a sumptuous master suite, and upstairs family bedrooms enjoy the massive game and media suite. To reach this splendid home, take US-75 to Exit 2, North Henderson/Knox Street. Head east on North Henderson Avenue and turn left onto Belmont; the home is located 0.2 miles on the left.

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5424 Willis

The bungalow at 5424 Willis is a spacious 4,148 square feet and is offered at $849,000. Instantly recognized on the outside as a craftsman masterpiece by its tapered wooden pillars, exposed rafter tails and layered rooflines, inside the home employs every turn and feature of Bella Vita’s reputation to design for hearty entertaining: not just an open living area, but an unbroken, 53-foot vista from the entry to the rear of the kitchen, including a digitally fabricated, custom-built wine cellar “wall.” With the luxurious, secluded master suite downstairs, the upstairs family bedrooms cluster about Bella Vita’s signature 2-room game and home theater suite. From US-75, take Exit 2 onto North Henderson/Knox Street. Head east on North Henderson Avenue and turn left onto Willis Avenue. In 0.5 miles, this craftsman bungalow is located on the right.

For more information on the custom homes or the open house events, call 214-750-8482, or visit the company’s website, www.livingbellavita.com.

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Live Beautifully Video by Bella Vita Custom Homes Surpasses 150,000 Views!

Categories: News | Posted: February 13, 2015

At Bella Vita Custom Homes, we understand what it means to luxuriate in a perfectly designed and crafted home. The name, meaning “beautiful life”, was well chosen, for we imagined custom homes that would reflect the status of our owners, living in residences that embraced their values, their accomplishments, their personal growth and their private pursuits. We wanted to take this concept even further and are proud to announce the premiere of the first Bella Vita video from our Live Beautifully series has surpassed over 150,000 views!

As Texas’ leading luxury custom home builder, we truly value community in every sense of the word and would like to thank all of those who viewed, liked, shared and contributed to making this video such a monumental success! 

We invite you to view, share & experience the sensation of living beautifully!

For more information regarding Bella Vita Custom Homes, visit www.livingbellavita.com.

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Bella Vita Custom Homes Wins Best of Houzz Design Award!

Categories: Custom and Intelligent Design, News, Remodeling | Posted: February 6, 2015

 

Best of Design Award

Bella Vita Custom Homes Wins “Best of Houzz” for Design Award 2015

Bella Vita Custom Homes has been awarded the “Best of Houzz” for Design 2015! Houzz is the leading platform for custom home design and remodeling, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from decorating a room to building a custom home. As Texas’ leading luxury custom home builder, Bella Vita Custom Homes was chosen by more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

There is an art and science to building, and it has to have both. A successful project, to us, is not limited to happy customers, but it also includes our contribution to the community. We must ask ourselves, ‘Is this a design that we’re truly proud of? Is it a home that is beautiful from the outside and the inside?‘” states Andy Clem, Chief Executive Office of Bella Vita Custom Homes.

Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Bella Vita Custom Homes among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.

For more information about Bella Vita Custom Homes, please call 214.750.8482 and visit www.livingbellavita.com.

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Bella Vita Custom Homes Hosts Open House Event at Mediterranean Villa!

Categories: News, Recent Events | Posted: January 30, 2015
5707 Charlestown Drive

5707 Charlestown Drive

Texas’ leading luxury custom builder, Bella Vita Custom Homes, is thrilled to unveil its newest creation at 5707 Charlestown Drive in exclusive Preston Hollow. It is an imaginative Mediterranean villa of 5,180 square feet, and is one of very few custom homes currently available.

Bella Vita will welcome the public to this Open House event Saturday, January 31st and on Sunday, February 1st. Mimosas and gourmet pastries will be offered from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, and from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Sunday. Those who can attend later in the day will be treated to fine wine and cheese provided by Dallas Fine Wine & Spirits from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on both days.

This monumental house is appreciated from multiple angles on its prominent corner lot, and what the exterior promises, the interior immediately delivers in the powerful three-story round foyer with its curved staircase, lit from above by a rank of clerestory windows. In fact, with the formal dining room and secluded study with fireplace to the right of the foyer, and the guest room with bath and private garage to the left, the whole front of the house forms a grand guest suite for company.

 5707 Charltestown Drive   5707 Charlestown Drive  5707Charlestown Drive

Straight through the foyer, a superb groin-vaulted passageway leads to the enormous living area, 25 feet square. Here the regal, 6-foot cast stone mantel and private family stairs draw the eye up to the wood-beamed ceiling, 18 feet above. Beyond this the master suite looks out a great bow window, and leads to a breathtaking master bath floored in travertine marble, with an oval garden bathtub and romantic stone grotto shower for two.

5707 Charlestown Drive  5707 Charlestown Drive

On the other side of the family room the breakfast nook connects to a chef’s dream of a kitchen, with four separate work stations, 48 inch professional Viking range, and twin pantries, one for storage and the other an old-time butler’s pantry for serving the formal dining room. Upstairs, three family bedrooms, each with private bath, cluster around twin game and media rooms with audiovisual storage and full wet bar.

5707 Charlestown Drive

Offered at $1,498,000, never was a house designed for such gracious entertaining, formal or informal, refined or festive!

To attend the open house event, take Dallas North Tollway to exit Forest Lane. Head east on Forest Lane and turn left onto Nuestra Drive. In 0.6 miles, turn right onto Charlestown Drive. The home is located on the left.

For additional information regarding the Open House event at 5707 Charlestown Drive, call 214.750.8482 or visit the company’s website at www.livingbellavita.com.

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D Design Book Features Bella Vita Custom Homes in 2015 issue!

Categories: News | Posted: January 9, 2015

 

D Design Book features Bella Vita Custom Homes in 2015 issue!

D Design Book features Bella Vita Custom Homes in 2015 issue!

The newest Dallas Design Book has hit the stands! Published annually, D Design Book is the ultimate resource guide for Dallas design professionals and the home design obsessed. Featuring Dallas’ top interior designers, decorators, architects, real estate agents and home builders, Bella Vita Custom Homes is proud to contribute to the 2015 issue.

D Design Book 2015

D Design Book 2015

Featured as the home builder who “delivers on its name“, D Design describes Bella Vita‘s projects as artistic and scientific, “…the Bella Vita team is known for packing their projects with stunning custom details and utilizing unique materials to give each home they complete a one-of-a-kind look…but these artistic touches are never at the expense of the all-important scientific side.”

And when it comes to the building process and the overall Bella Vita experience? D Design describes it as we do, “easy” and “hassle-free”.

By adopting a team approach and leveraging our teams collective expertise amongst our multifaceted management team, leading AIA architects, ASID interior designers, estimators, purchases, sales executives, accountants and construction managers to each project, we have developed the most efficient homebuilding process in the market today.

Following our victorious win for D Home Best Builder in 2014, we are thrilled to be featured in D Design Book 2015. For the full story, pick up D Design Book on newsstands today and visit www.livingbellavita.com for more information.

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Bella Vita Custom Homes Premieres Live Beautifully Video!

Categories: Creating Value, Custom and Intelligent Design, News | Posted: January 2, 2015

At Bella Vita Custom Homes, we understand what it means to luxuriate in a perfectly designed and crafted home. The name, meaning “beautiful life”, was well chosen, for we imagined custom homes that would reflect the status of our owners, living in residences that embraced their values, their accomplishments, their personal growth and their private pursuits. We wanted to take this concept even further and are proud to premiere the first Bella Vita video from our Live Beautifully series.

We invite you to view, share & experience the sensation of living beautifully!

For more information regarding Bella Vita Custom Homes, visit www.livingbellavita.com.

Live Beautifully,

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Bella Vita Custom Homes Host Open House Event at 5707 Charlestown!

Categories: Creating Value, Custom and Intelligent Design, New Home Efficiency and Performance, News, Recent Events | Posted: December 6, 2014

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Texas’ leading luxury custom builder, Bella Vita Custom Homes, is thrilled to unveil its newest creation at 5707 Charlestown Drive in exclusive Preston Hollow. It is an imaginative Mediterranean villa of 5,180 square feet, and is one of very few custom homes currently available. Bella Vita will welcome the public to this Open House Event today and on Sunday, December 7th. Mimosas and gourmet pastries will be offered from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm today, and from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Sunday. Those who can attend later in the day will be treated to wine and cheese from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on both days.

This monumental house is appreciated from multiple angles on its prominent corner lot, and what the exterior promises, the interior immediately delivers in the powerful three-story round foyer with its curved staircase, lit from above by a rank of clerestory windows. In fact, with the formal dining room and secluded study with fireplace to the right of the foyer, and the guest room with bath and private garage to the left, the whole front of the house forms a grand guest suite for company.

Straight through the foyer, a superb groin-vaulted passageway leads to the enormous living area, 25 feet square. Here the regal, 6-foot cast stone mantel and private family stairs draw the eye up to the wood-beamed ceiling, 18 feet above. Beyond this the master suite looks out a great bow window, and leads to a breathtaking master bath floored in travertine marble, with an oval garden bathtub and romantic stone grotto shower for two.

On the other side of the family room the breakfast nook connects to a chef’s dream of a kitchen, with four separate work stations, 48 inch professional Viking range, and twin pantries, one for storage and the other an old-time butler’s pantry for serving the formal dining room. Upstairs, three family bedrooms, each with private bath, cluster around twin game and media rooms with audiovisual storage and full wet bar.

Offered at $1,500,000, never was a house designed for such gracious entertaining, formal or informal, refined or festive!

To attend the Open House Event, take Dallas North Tollway to exit Forest Lane. Head east on Forest Lane and turn left onto Nuestra Drive. In 0.6 miles, turn right onto Charlestown Drive. The home is located on the left.

For additional information regarding the Open House Event at 5707 Charlestown Drive, call 214.750.8482 or visit the company’s website at www.livingbellavita.com.

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Bella Vita Custom Homes hosts Open House Event at 5424 Willis Avenue!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 22, 2014

 

Available Home

Texas’ leading luxury custom home builder, Bella Vita Custom Homes, is thrilled to host an Open House Event at its newest American craftsman residence located in the M Streets on 5424 Willis Avenue. As one of very few custom homes currently available, Bella Vita will host this open house event today and on Sunday, November 23rd. Mimosas and gourmet pastries will be offered from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm today, and from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Sunday. Those who can attend later in the day will be treated to wine and cheese from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on both days.

At 4,148 square feet and offered for $849,000, this custom home is a true classic American craftsman. The exterior of the home has a front porch, with stone bases beneath tapered wooden pillars, exposed rafter tails, layered rooflines and a standing-seam metal roof. Inside, the floor plan is as bold and innovative as the exterior is nostalgic. Designed for entertaining, upon opening the front door an unbroken 53-foot vista is revealed stretching from the living area through to the rear of the kitchen. The eye, however, returns to the dining area, which is in part separated from the kitchen by a digitally fabricated, custom-built, wine cellar “wall.”

“The design concept was to develop a craftsman influenced, functional wine rack” says the company’s architect. “By utilizing the latest software in computer-aided design and computer aided manufacturing, this unique installation will serve as a functional art piece causing an unexpected moment of interest within this classic American home.”

Gracious hosting is further augmented by the large kitchen with island and bar with access to the open courtyard. The secluded master suite beyond the kitchen features a vast walk-in closet with twin bays for his and hers, and a sumptuous bathroom with twin basins, and both shower and garden tub. Upstairs, three bedrooms share the space with a two-room game and media suite.

A perfect combination of traditional Craftsman bungalow on the outside, and a dramatic and innovative traffic flow within. Traditionally, in the 1920s and ’30s, bungalows often extended deep into their narrow city lots, and Bella Vita has equally chosen to maximize this prime lot, only 3 miles north of the heart of downtown Dallas.

To attend the open house event, take US-75 to exit North Henderson Avenue/Knox Street. Head east on North Henderson/Knox Street and turn left onto Willis Avenue. In half a mile, the home is located on the right.

For additional information regarding the open house event at 5424 Willis Avenue, call 214-750-8482 or visit the company’s website at www.livingbellavita.com.

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Bella Vita Custom Homes Hosts New Construction Open House at 5407 Belmont!

Categories: Custom and Intelligent Design, News, Recent Events | Posted: November 14, 2014

 

Front Elevation

Texas’ leading luxury custom home builder, Bella Vita Custom Homes, is thrilled to unveil its newest Hill Country Contemporary residence located in the M Streets on 5407 Belmont Avenue. As one of very few custom homes currently available, Bella Vita will host this open house event Saturday, November 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 16th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mimosas and gourmet pastries will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Those who can attend later in the day will be treated to wine and cheese from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on both days.

The limestone façade and standing-seam metal roof of this Bella Vita creation recall the Texas Hill Country that inspired it. This custom home is unique from the fortress-like front portal to the hand-selected antique door knocker at the entrance. Beyond lies a two-story foyer with light well into the thirty-three foot, ten-foot tall gallery wall exceptionally placed to show off treasured paintings.

At 3,550 square feet, this home is both innovative and functional. The heart of the house beyond the foyer invites informal entertaining in an open living area with fireplace, a roomy kitchen with island bar and Viking appliances, and a breakfast room overlooking the covered patio. The boundary between formal and informal living is defined by a butler’s serving pantry that connects the kitchen to the formal dining room. With the master suite and master bath located on the first floor, two secondary bedrooms and adjoining bathrooms occupy the second floor with a massive game and media room suite.

Located only 3 miles north of downtown Dallas, this Hill Country Contemporary home lists for $809,999.

To attend the open house event, take US-75 to exit 2, North Henderson/Knox Street. Head east on North Henderson Avenue and turn left onto Belmont Avenue. In 0.2 miles, the home is located on the left.

For additional information regarding the open house event at 5407 Belmont Avenue, call 214-750-8482 or visit the company’s website at www.livingbellavita.com.

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Willis Wine Rack: The Application of Technology to an American Classic

Categories: Custom and Intelligent Design | Posted: October 25, 2014

Willis Wine Rack

   From the beginning, Bella Vita Custom Homes has utilized the latest software in computer-aided design (CAD). While these computer programs are typically used for graphical representation and more efficient document production, current technologies allow for three dimensional, detailed simulation at any scale. Not only does this result in a more refined product, but it also provides a strong foundation for innovation and enhanced communication from concept to finish product.

   Alongside computer-aided design is computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). This is a digital fabrication process where the designer/engineer enters information into the CAD software, and then controls the manufacturing through a specific machine (CNC router, 3D printer, laser cutter, water jet, etc.). The benefits in using these technologies include fabrication efficiency, pinpoint precision, creating identical units, reducing material waste, and more overall control.

Bella Vita Custom Homes is a company comprised of many individuals from different backgrounds and career paths. The beauty of this condition is the diverse experiences, perspectives and talents collaborating to offer the clients the best the industry has to offer. It so happens that members of the architectural design team also have a strong background in CAD/CAM technologies, and it was decided to utilize this skill set by offering one-of-a-kind, functional installations for the clients.

     Bella Vita‘s newest available residence located on 5424 Willis Avenue in the M Streets, was selected to receive a unique CAD/CAM installation to serve as a functional art piece causing an unexpected moment of interest. After considering different concepts for the design installation within this true American craftsman home, a wine rack was chosen. Herein below describes the design approach, the design concept, and the fabrication process of the innovative “Willis Wine Rack” project.

5424 Willis Avenue

Design Approach:

      The Craftsman style is heavily defined by simplicity and use of “honest” materials; respect for the natural. While it embodies the essence of modern design, it pulls from traditional methods of construction. It is also influenced by Japanese design, not only for the materialtiy and simplicity, but more so on the science of joinery. Lastly, Craftsman furniture is more than just aesthetic, it is functional.

Key characteristics of the Craftsman style are:
* Heavy “structural” design
* Sturdy, natural wood
* Clean, straight lines
* Recti linearity
* Vertical slats
* Emphasize joinery
* Corbel supports
* Little to no ornamentation
* Horizontality

Willis Wine Rack

Design Concept:

The design concept was to develop a craftsman influenced, functional wine rack that will maintain the interest level when not stocked. With the space for the installation being taller than it is wide, horizontality is emphasized throughout with the orientation of wine bottles, wooden slats, and light boxes. The vertical structural units will be twice the thickness of the horizontal slats to imply “sturdiness” as well as provide better support for the wine bottles. The material will be similar to the wood used to make the kitchen cabinets, which also helps maintain the “respect the natural” craftsman theme. The primary joinery system will be slot connections.

Willis Wine Rack

    A major influence for this wine rack is the variety of craftsman style light fixtures. Frank Lloyd Wright often used geometric designs inspired by organic patterns, such as leaf veins. For this design, we chose an organic form of organization known as “voronoi” to develop the patterns and three dimensional texture of the light boxes. Voronoi is a system that is derived using a pre-set number of points, or generators, and for each one there is a corresponding region containing all points closer to that generator than to the others. For example, soap bubbles in compression naturally organize themselves developing voronoi patterns. This is an interesting concept because they form a 3 dimensional, structural lattice system, which can be seen in the 2008 Olympic water cube. The voronoi concept can also be found on giraffes, turtle shells, reptile skin, and leaves. In this installation we took it a step further and added a second voronoi layer that will only be seen when the light is on.

Willis Wine Rack

Fabrication Process:

   For consultation and fabrication, Bella Vita looked to TOPOCAST LAB, which specializes in the CAD/CAM process and is directly affiliated with The University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture. This turned out to be a very effective, collaborative partnership from start to finish. An advantage of digital fabrication is the ability to meticulously control the material efficiency and assembly process. The machine chosen for fabrication is the CNC (computer numerical controlled) router, which essentially carves material with a robotic arm. Below is an image of a preliminary cut sheet sized to fit a standard 8×4 sheet of plywood. This is an example of how the pieces are arranged to limit the amount of wasted material without losing the desired computational precision.

Willis Wine Rack

With the speed and efficiency of the CAM process, more testing can be done to make appropriate calibrations. This is extremely helpful when fabricating slot connections as it allows you total control of tolerances. Here are images of from the testing process:

Willis Wine Rack

Willis Wine Rack

    We hope to have sparked your curiosity with this glimpse of a uniquely designed installation you won’t find anywhere else. The final product will be on display at our Open House on Saturday, October 25th and on Sunday, October 26th where it will be fully stocked with wine! For more information, please visit the Open House Event or call 214.750.8482 to set up a private viewing of this extraordinary installation within this Bella Vita Custom Home.

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