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The Modern Earthy Elements For Your 21st Century Custom Home

Posted by on Feb 17, 2020 in Home Builder, Las Cruces | 0 comments

a beautiful Villa Custom Home made from rammed earthHomebuilding and decor will always carry elements of past and present. Designers and architects look at the trends of the past and use them to create new patterns and trends while evoking fashions of times past. Villa Custom Homes specializes in custom design and building unique visions. Yet, there are often beloved features that homeowners seek during a specific period of time. The 21st century home trends seem to be defined by a tribute to past, open spaces, natural elements, earthy and minimalist styles. We thought we’d take a look at some of these more closely. 

The Pre-War Home and Changing Trends 

If you look at homes that were built before the 1950s, you’ll likely recognize certain features that have since then been somewhat abandoned, or at least modified. Homes built between 1890 and 1940 are referred to as pre-war homes and many displayed elements of colonial New England style. While charming in their own way, these homes now possess some characteristics that the modern family might deem a little antiquated. Common features of the pre-war home include:

  • Closed floor plans: Pre-war homes were known to have cozy kitchens that often had a doorway that led into the living room or the dining room. 
  • Hardwood floors: These floors were especially popular during the pre-war era and continue to be a favorite today.
  • Fireplaces: Another feature often found in prewar homes included the fireplace, as this was largely before central heating. Families had fireplaces as a necessity. 
  • Compact two-story layouts. Many pre-war homes were a two-story home that had a very compact design with long hallways and individual rooms, not many open spaces. 

The Road to Minimalism and Modern Earthy Styles

The homes of the Southwest have always had their defining features. Most people would recognize them if they saw them, even if they are not from the area. In Las Cruces, New Mexico, we see a great allegiance to the traditional adobe and stucco homes. Here at Villa Custom Homes, we specialize in building rammed earth homes, as they are actually far more long-lasting than traditional adobe. From afar, the style is often confused and used interchangeably. 

The 21st century has seen a recurrence of certain design patterns in homebuilding. These include:

  • Open floor layout: Since the post-war home building, people have preferred a more open floor layout. This means that there are far more shared spaces in the home and rooms “spill into” each other, creating a far more welcoming and inviting open space. 
  • Big elegant windows: One design request we see a lot includes larger windows that allow for natural lighting and plenty of sunshine. 
  • Neutral and earthy: A modern aesthetic in any home will most likely include far more neutral colors and effects. The 2000s have so far been dominated by the idea of keeping things neutral and evoking the earth element in the home. 
  • Energy efficiency: It wouldn’t be the 21st century if it didn’t have the phrase “energy efficient” in there somewhere. Today’s homes are concerned with energy efficiency and conserving energy as much as possible. 
  • Rustic features with a contemporary touch. Many homeowners have fallen in love with the concept of evoking rustic or vintage features in a way that is new and refreshing. 

The Prominence of Simplicity and Functionality 

There is a movement in 21st-century homes to make things simple and yet increase functionality. It is a delicate balance, however, because simple does not mean sterile and empty. In many ways, a good modern design incorporates elements from the past, uses them sparingly and has minimal decoration to highlight spaces, lighting fixtures, and subtle shine through. A good designer finds this balance between beauty and functionality. 

How We Create Modern 21st Century Classics 

A modern classic might seem like an oxymoron, but a Villa Custom Home so often has a fusion of what is known as the classic Southwestern Style with the spark and sleek design of modern features. The Villa Custom Homes motto is to build the client’s vision. Yet, our approach to home building is very much one of the 21st century as we adopt the design and architectural elements of the traditional Southwest style and modify it to be simple and functional for the modern family. 

Pueblo-style homes built out of rammed earth or adobe are a great way to combat the region’s climate. Prominent features that make our homes stand out include:

Rammed earth. Villa Custom Homes is the only experienced and specialized rammed earth builder in town. A home constructed out of rammed earth will always offer the utmost performance in terms of longevity, energy efficiency, and comfort. 

Wooden Features. The beautiful wood material can be used as decorative or structural elements. These might include such desired features such as posts, corbels, and vigas. Using a combination of modern light fixtures and wooden beams in the ceilings—also known as vigas— is a sought after design in our homes. 

Other common features of the Southwest style include:

  • Thick, round-edged walls
  • Earthy materials 
  • Natural colors for the interior and exterior
  • Wooden roof beams 
  • Flat or gently sloping roofs
  • Brick, flagstone, or wood floors
  • Cantera stone features

Build Into the Future With Villa Custom Homes

Your home is a statement of past and present. Villa Custom Homes works closely with our clients to ensure that we are fulfilling their vision and constructing a home that will become a modern classic. Our homes are inspired by a beauty from past and present, as well as earthy materials, all to create a home of optimal comfort and performance. 

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Home Addition Ideas To Improve Your Home

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in Home Builder, Las Cruces NM | 0 comments

Couple Facing Custom Kitchen Drawing Gradating To Photo.

Sometimes, the home you buy just isn’t enough. Life changes, families grow, and suddenly the space in your home doesn’t quite cut it anymore. At Villa Custom Homes, we specialize in creating custom homes, but we also love to build the best home additions in New Mexico. If you’re in the market for a home addition but aren’t sure how to proceed, check out our handy home addition guide. 

Assessing Your Needs and Budget

Before you pull the trigger on a home addition, you should first assess your true needs. Are you actually in need of the extra space? Or could you get away with a little renovation or remodeling instead? A home addition project typically takes a long time and is a more expensive project than a renovation or remodel, so be sure to assess whether you actually need an entire addition. 

A home addition can range from $40,000 up to $200,000 or more, and there’s no guarantee the money will be recouped at the time of sale. Unlike other home projects, a home addition can’t be undone—explore all of your remodeling and renovation options before deciding on a home addition.

Considering Your Options 

If you’re set on a home addition, then it can be daunting considering all the options. The potential for creativity and personalization are endless, as you’re almost building another section of the house relatively free from constraints. There are several ways that additions can be made:

Single Room Addition

A single room addition is a common home renovation idea but typically isn’t thought of as a true home addition. Most home additions consist of multiple rooms, but a single room addition is still a great way to add space and value to your home. A mudroom, new entertainment space, or guest room are all common single-room additions. 

Basement/Attic Space

Adding to a basement or attic space is a great way to add space and style to your home without disrupting more central elements of your home. Create a new gym, workspace, or entertainment room with an expanded basement or attic. 

Sunroom 

While a sunroom can be a beautiful addition (especially in Las Cruces), it typically doesn’t recover as much value as other types of home additions. Nonetheless, a tasteful sunroom can add style and natural light to your home. 

Adding A Second Story

The most valuable and expansive home addition, on average, is adding a second story to a home. Adding a second story allows for the most creativity in design since the room layout and use can be determined based on exactly what you want. A second story addition is the most expensive and time-consuming addition project, though, so proper planning is crucial to a smooth experience. 

Of course, there are many more ways to complete a home addition, so plenty of research is needed before you settle on a design. Our experts can walk you through all the possible options for your home so you make the best decision. 

Trust Villa Custom Homes With Your Home Addition Project 

If you’re looking for expert designers and craftsmen for your home addition or simply have more questions, contact Villa Custom Homes today! Whether it’s a remodel, home addition, or brand new home, you can trust that we will get the job done right!

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Finding the Right Home Builder for Your Dream Rammed Earth Home

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Las Cruces, Rammed Earth | 0 comments

a rammed earth home in the desertIf you’ve ever driven close to the Organ Mountains, you’ve more than likely noticed the many beautiful adobe homes that populate that area. With their distinct beige colors and classic “New Mexican” designs, these homes are some of the most sought after in Las Cruces.

When it comes to building your dream adobe home, it’s necessary to team up with a home builder who knows exactly what it takes to create a house that’s both functional and beautiful. This is where Villa Custom Homes comes into play. Since we specialize in rammed earth, you can rest easy knowing we’ll bring your dream to fruition. 

Rammed Earth is the Way to Go

When you see an “adobe” home, you may actually be looking at a rammed earth home. That is because adobe homes are time-consuming builds since the adobe bricks themselves need to cure in the sun until they harden. The technique of building true adobe homes is an antique method that hasn’t changed much in decades. 

Rammed earth construction, similarly enough, hasn’t changed in decades and centuries. This construction process simulates the natural process of sedimentary rock creation. Rammed earth walls, for instance, are extremely thick (from 18 to 24 inches) and can stand the test of time. These homes yield the same outward appearance as adobe homes while providing a plethora of benefits.

The Beauty of Natural Materials

Rammed earth homes are designed and built to stand the test of time. These homes are also perfect for the desert environment. Rammed earth walls contain thermal mass, meaning they maintain cool indoor temperatures during the hot summer days, and warm up at night as it gets colder outside. The science behind this particular effect is a top reason why so many prospective homeowners in the Southwest choose rammed earth homes over traditionally-built homes. 

These homes are incredibly energy efficient, beautiful, timeless, pest-resistant, fireproof, and so much more! You’ll be able to stay cool indoors while saving on energy usage. Rammed earth homes naturally reduce noise due to the thickness of their walls, so you’ll never have to worry about loud neighbors or leaf blowers. 

Why a Reliable Home Builder Matters

The rammed earth building process requires skill and experience so it’s necessary to choose a home builder with the expertise necessary to make your dreams come true. Villa Custom Homes has been your trusted source for decades, and we see no sign of stopping any time soon. When you choose us as your home builder, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your vision will come to fruition exactly how you pictured it in your mind. 

Give us a call today to learn more about what we have to offer!

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