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A Natural Dwelling Place: History of Pueblo Revival Architecture in the Southwest 

Posted by on Aug 10, 2020 in Home Builder, Las Cruces | 0 comments

If you talk to any architecture aficionado—particularly in the Southwest—you are likely to hear about the beloved Pueblo Revival style that is prominent in the area. Many of the homes across the region—in Las Cruces or Albuquerque, all the way out to Arizona, and even some of West Texas—are inspired by elements from this charming style. Architecture nerds (we mean that in the nicest way possible ) might also point out that Pueblo-style architecture is one of the few major styles actually born in America. 

We all know it when we see it. We recognize it as we drive by, but how did this style emerge and what is its history? How come it continues to be a popular inspiration for modern homes? Well, read along to find out more! 

Here at Villa Custom Homes, we are a versatile builder that is known to implement a variety of architectural styles and designs. Because of our geographical location, however, we see a lot of Southwest-inspired homes that utilize the materials and layouts of the Pueblo Revival. 

Who Were the Pueblo People? — A Quick Overview of the American Indian Tribes

As one of the oldest cultures in the nation, the Pueblo Indians occupied what is now the Southwestern United States. They are said to be derived from three major cultures including Mogollon, Hohokam, and Ancient Puebloans, with some of their histories tracing back almost 7,000 years.  The name is Spanish translates to “village.” They were named as such because of their style of dwelling. The ancient Puebloans were hunter-gatherers and nomads who slowly settled into a more stationary life in the regions of modern-day Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona.

As these peoples settled down in what is now known as the Four Corners region, they developed advanced agricultural skills, maximizing the arid landscape to grow maize, corn, squash, and beans. They also raised turkeys and were quite apt at developing complex irrigation systems. They had great basket weaving and pottery making abilities as well. They were great builders of quaint little dwellings that composed the villages in which they lived. They usually built on top of high mesas or in hollowed-out caves and were designed with stone or adobe masonry were the first iterations of the later Pueblo people. 

After the early Puebloan peoples’ way of life declined in the 1300s, their descendants continued to flourish in the area. They hunted, farmed, and built the apartment-like structures that they were known for. These multi-dwelling complexes typically housed several families, as each one typically lived in one room. These large structures would often have a wide-open space in the center, a type of shared patio that is quite popular for bigger adobe-inspired homes today.

In the 1500s, Europeans—particularly Spanish colonists—began to explore the area. These Spanish explorers first encountered the Zuni tribe of the Pueblos and slowly made their way across the region. There were, of course, feuds and hostilities between the natives and the incoming European settlers. Even after several clashes, the Spanish kept coming, setting up churches, settling, and spreading Christianity. Many Pueblo Indians were converted, though their lifestyle changed little. There were several insurrections and continued tensions all the way up to the 1800s. In 1821, New Mexico gained independence from Spain but the last revolt of the people happened in 1847. It was a bloody revolt and resulted in the deaths of several Americans and several Indians that were said to have taken part in the revolt. 

The Pueblo people today reside mostly in New Mexico and Arizona. Many continue to practice the Catholic religion spread by the early Spaniards, as well as their ancient religious rites and customs. 

Common Features of the Beloved Pueblo Revival Style

The Pueblo people were known for building their beautiful multi-story, often-conjoined complexes where entire communities would settle. In the early 20th century, the Pueblo Revival style became quite prominent in the Southwestern United States. Some of the quintessential features include vigas, wooden structural features and beams, latillas, rounded corners, and smooth stucco surfaces or rammed earth materials.  

The early dwelling had to be built to withstand hot and dry climates. As such, the natives always used local materials including dried-clay mixtures. Adobe walls also tend to be quite thick, in order to maintain temperature control. Smaller windows were usually seen to keep out excessive sunlight. Today’s modern pueblo-revival homes, of course, have a fusion of modernity and traditional pueblo features that makes the homes apt for the modern family. 

Today’s Pueblo Revival is known as a fusion of Pueblo-style dwelling with some Spanish influence. As the Spanish settled in the area, they brought some of their architectural styles with them. The style is typically defined with some of the following features:

  • Flat roofs
  • Earth-tone stucco-covered exterior
  • Natural materials like adobe or rammed earth
  • Stepped massing
  • Irregular finishes 
  • Wood/Clay details
  • Simple or smaller windows
  • Narrow covered porches 
  • Rounded corners and edges

Adapt Your Pueblo Revival Home to the 21st Century With a Custom Home Builder

Whether you are looking to build a full-fledged Pueblo-style home or simply want to implement some Southwestern flair, Villa Custom Homes is here to design your beautiful home. Have questions? Call us today. 

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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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The Secrets to Successfully Remodeling Your Kitchen

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in Kitchen Remodeling, Las Cruces NM | 0 comments

kitchen remodeling

As far as the rooms of the house go, the kitchen is by far the most important one. It’s where we cook dinner, where we store our food, and where we create lifelong memories. A kitchen is something to be proud of, it’s the heart of the home, after all! So if your kitchen doesn’t elicit any positive thoughts, then it may be time to consider remodeling it. Perhaps the terms “remodel” or “renovation” create a tinge of fear in the back of your mind. Maybe you’ve seen your fair share of kitchen remodeling disasters. 

Well, we’re here to let you know that there’s nothing to worry about. All you need to do is hire a reliable kitchen remodeling team that bring your dream kitchen to life. This is where Villa Custom Homes comes into play. In addition to designing and building rammed earth homes, we also specialize in kitchen remodeling services! Keep reading to learn more about what it takes to create pure kitchen perfection. 

Strive for a Functional Kitchen 

Remodeling any room of the home is incredibly fun, mostly because of the unbridled freedom such a task provides. But it’s necessary to not get carried away on flights of fancy. Your new kitchen should be as functional as possible. Let’s say, for example, that you want to expand your kitchen space. This may seem all well and good but imagine if you’re cooking something and the final ingredient is in the fridge, which is much further away than before. Sure, it may look more open being so spread out but you must remember to maintain a sense of functionality in your kitchen. We will draft an efficient layout for your new kitchen so you won’t have to waste time and energy whenever you use your kitchen.

Keep Storage, Cabinets, and Countertop Space in Mind 

It always seems as if there isn’t enough room or space in the kitchen, no matter how organized you are. Well, now’s your chance to add as many high-quality storage spaces and cabinets as you need. You can also choose to use the best hardware available so opening and closing cabinets will be a cinch. Similarly enough, when you prioritize countertop space, you won’t have to scavenge for the perfect place to slice the ingredients for tonight’s dinner. Now’s your chance to future-proof your kitchen.

Don’t Forget Lighting and Other Aesthetic Choices

Remember, this kitchen renovation is your chance to make your dream kitchen come to life. You can choose to have a beautiful backdrop installed behind your stove, for example. Or perhaps you’d like to have ample lighting so you’ll never have to work in darkness again. Take a look at interior design magazines, start a Pinterest board, or simply watch HGTV to gather inspiration for this project. The sky’s the limit when it comes to remodeling!

Villa Custom Homes is Ready to Bring Your Dream Kitchen to Life

If you’re ready to get started on your kitchen remodel, then give Villa Custom Homes a call. We strive to offer remodeling services of the highest quality to homeowners across the Southwest region.

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