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2011 - Volume 1 Issue 1
Casas Bonitas
Feature Home
Article: Joe Burgess
Photos: Bill Faulkner
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With the children no longer at home, an El Paso couple found themselves at that stage in life where a smaller house is preferred. They located a home for sale in 2006 on the Coronado golf course with a spectacular view of the valley. The home had been built in 1958, a year after the Coronado Country Club golf course was established, and the potential to turn the relatively bland interior into a showcase home for their custom wood and leaded glass products company was quickly recognized.

    Building contractor Bryan Duncan, who handled the construction phase of the remodel, noted that the owners of El Paso Wood Products not only have an impressive understanding of wood species, but also have the creative imagination for combining various wood products into a theme that flows throughout the house. Only the highest quality wood is used in a simple, yet elegant manner. The leaded glass designs and colors are original creations.

General Contractor:
Duncan Homes
Bryan Duncan

Woodwork and
Leaded Glass:
El Paso Wood Products

Interior Design:
Elizabeth Hyslop Burns

El Paso Truss
Luis Mendiola

Granite Countertops:
Trinity Marble
Antonio Picado

Windows and
Shade Systems:
Pella Windows

Fixtures and Appliances:
Westar Kitchen & Bath
Peoria, AZ
The options for creating non-conforming ceiling and wall angles that would require custom design, fabrication and installation of new cabinets and trim had been the goal. The result of the ensuing remodel was indeed a larger, brighter living space with a warm atmosphere – seemingly contradictory terms, and therefore an enviable accomplishment.

Walls were removed to create an open environment, requiring an upsizing of major support beams. Existing ceilings were removed in the main living area to allow for higher, peaked wood-covered ceilings. The width of roof joists was increased in those areas to accommodate a full 12 inches of insulation. The heating and cooling system was split into two systems serving separate areas of the house for greater efficiency. Larger windows were installed to take advantage of the views and to brighten up the living areas. The shell of the house was expanded to double the size of the master bedroom and to add an office and exercise room. The garage doors were moved to the side of the house to accommodate a laundry room.

The expertise for the next phase of the remodel – creating unique and Old World sophistication in an otherwise common home – was certainly at hand. The homeowner’s wood and leaded glass products company, El Paso Wood Products, was started in 1981 and grew into a supplier for national and international outlets, as well as serving the local market. While still remaining the work of artisans, AutoCAD design programs and plotters, as well as modern CNC machinery, had found a place in the company’s 50,000 square-foot manufacturing plant. The carving and finishing of the wood, however, is still accomplished by hand.

All wood utilized in the Coronado Hills home is solid wood, which allows greater flexibility and long-term maintenance options, as opposed to engineered wood. It is hand-finished with tung oil to enhance the natural colors, while penetrating and preserving the wood. To retain a natural look, stain is used only to even out the natural shades.

Spruce wood was earmarked for the ceilings and hickory/pecan for the floors. Different grades of flooring were used to create a subtle differentiation between the dining area and the living area. The knotty version was utilized in the dining area.

Quarter-sawn white oak surrounds the fireplace, a cut that allows the grain to contribute to the detail of the hand-carved wood. Fireplace mosaics of the flor amapola (poppy flower) were created from eight textures of cut glass. A bronze t-box marker used prior to redesign of the Coronado golf course became the centerpiece of the fireplace trim.

Window trim is made from African mahogany. The hand-carved interior trim of the main entry door is also African mahogany, while quarter-sawn white oak was used on the exterior door trim. The dining table is made of knotty walnut and a round living area table is made from Honduras mahogany. The master bedroom headboard is fabricated from zebrawood. Specially designed folding glass doors with wood trim and high-security deadbolts lead to the patio. Similar doors were incorporated along the patio of the Coronado Country Club. The beveled glass is ground by hand and then polished.

An intriguing bar design includes panels of burl walnut framed with cherry wood. The design and workmanship of the bar are no doubt the topic of guest conversations… with no prompting required. ///
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