living the dream
a custom home inspired by longtime aspirations of mountainside living
Bob and Pat visualized and planned their dream home for years before their vision became a reality, making a list for each house they lived in and jotting down what they felt it lacked as well as what they liked—mental notes for the building of their future forever home. Among their desires were a spacious kitchen and a sprawling layout, but the first must-have on their checklist involved a one-of-a-kind backyard with stunning views of both the Franklin Mountains and the valley below it.
“Having Transmountain Drive in our backyard was our ultimate dream,” recalls Pat. A native El Pasoan, she longed for a home that would encompass the natural beauty of the mountains she grew up with. After years of convincing Bob to build a custom home, the two began the process. Both Bob and Pat each had their own preferences for the design of the home, but both ultimately agreed on a spacious single-level with an open floor plan where family and guests could hang out without feeling cramped.
After working on an initial sketch for the design and layout of their new home, Bob and Pat set out to acquire a lot that would not only fit every amenity they wanted, but would also capture that highly prized, million-dollar view. The two searched diligently for three years, finally finding “the one” nestled in a private, hilltop neighborhood in West El Paso.
Finding a homebuilder was the next task for the couple (frequent visitors of the El Paso Association of Builders Parade of Homes), but they noticed that every home they were attracted to had one thing in common: They were all built by R.C. Baeza and Associates. Just like that, their search for the right custom homebuilder was over.
Bob and Pat went back and forth with builders Robert and Torey Baeza, drafting and redrafting blueprints for six months until the final plan came together. Pat spent hours with Tory choosing colors, textures, and materials for the interior design, while Bob and Robert oversaw every detail of the build process. “Anything you want, they’ll make it happen for you,” says Bob. “It was such a pleasant experience working with them.”
The end result is an elegant, Tuscan home designed specifically to accommodate the many family members (from El Paso, as well as Bob’s native Illinois) and friends frequently invited over for backyard barbecues in the summer and over holidays throughout the rest of the year. Their new home was put to the test last year when the couple celebrated their 25th anniversary with a soiree that hosted at least 100 of their loved ones. “We wanted to take advantage of being able to use our whole home,” says Bob. “There was so much space that the house never felt crowded.” In fact, the couple loves entertaining so much that their abode is now the central hub for neighborhood block parties.
An open kitchen, dining room, and great room were all necessary to create a flowing, harmonious central space. Granite countertops in rustic brown hues, dark cabinetry, and wrought iron accents complement the home’s Tuscan style. When it came to fixtures and accessories, Pat took her time. A glass vessel sink is a standout in the entryway powder room, while black opal glass tile is found above the kitchen stove, in the bathrooms, and within hallway alcoves. In the dining room, a solid wood table fits in perfectly with the circular shape of the space, which overlooks the outdoor living area.
Aside from the home’s central area, two wings of the home contain separate bedroom areas for Bob and Pat and their daughter, Amber. Off the kitchen, Amber’s bedroom is shabby chic, a sparkling chandelier, wall art, and mirrors studded with glimmering details adding a hint of glamour.
In the owners’ wing, the master suite is a comfy place for relaxation, with all the conveniences needed for everyday life, including a laundry room on the other side of the walk-in closet. Of course, there was also room for a few luxurious touches—a walk-in shower, a soaking tub, and spacious, his-and-hers vanities in the master bath. Both the master suite and Amber’s bedroom boast breathtaking views of the gorgeous desert scenery that surrounds their home. “For months and months, we’d wake up and look around and feel like we were in a resort every day,” says Bob. “We still wake up and enjoy the views.”
In the great room, large glass doors trimmed in dark wood open out to a covered patio with a large seating area that encircles a custom-built fireplace, replicated to look exactly like a photo Pat saw in a magazine. On Bob’s end, outdoor necessities included an expansive outdoor cooking area complete with a flat screen television and a prep countertop; a convenient side door leads straight into the kitchen for easy access to any last-minute grill accessories. A putting green, a glowing fire pit, and a tiered, infinity edge pool all contribute to the tranquility of mountainside living.
Though there are many memories still to be made in this house, some of the family’s best are of the very beginning of the process, when the Baezas began building the home that Bob and Pat put so much time and effort into conceptualizing. “The whole building process was fun,” recalls Bob. “We knew it was going to be a challenge, but working on the design was a lot more fun than having something that was already made.”
R.C. Baeza & Associates, Inc.
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