Eldorado Stone Adds Authenticity to Design and Architecture of La Bellezza
Scheurer Architects and Keller Homes have designed a beautiful, award-winning community on a mountainous site located outside Colorado Springs, Colorado. The goal was to create something very special by presenting fresh, new site plan concepts within the local housing market while remaining sensitive to the traditions and benefits of rustic, mountain living.
Bernie Costello, vice president of architecture at Keller Homes explained that it was the last remaining parcel in Colorado Springs that hadn’t been built out in the last 20 years, so it has brought a real sense of closure and completeness to the area. “We remained true to what the ‘story’ of the property was through our architectural plan and landscaping design,” he says. “Maintaining the simple warmth, almost agricultural base of the property definitely created the backbone for the creative process and a set of principles to adhere to as we moved forward.”
Three unique floor plans and living space designs were included in the community where homes average 2,667 square feet in size, with 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms and full basements. There was a focus on indoor/outdoor living reminiscent of historic villages with thoughtful organization of homes in clusters that maximizes open space, preserves views, and encourages contact with the natural surroundings. There are private courtyards, bubbling fountains, cobblestone pavers, a neighborhood orchard and a lush landscape design that boasts imported Italian pottery overflowing with brightly colored flowers and tiered stone walls.
“The land was originally used as a dairy farm and we found existing stone on the old barn and area retaining walls that we wanted to incorporate into the new design,” says Costello. “We had a three-part challenge in this project. We needed to find just the right stone for the homes themselves and other areas that could blend and coordinate with not only the existing stone found on the retaining walls, but a locally quarried stone that was being used for landscaping purposes. By working closely with Colorist Ann Matteson and Dennis Danahay at Scheurer, we agreed that Eldorado’s blend of Fieldledge and Hillstone combined with the custom overgrout technique we used adds even more authenticity to the project.”
Brenda Harris of Eldorado Stone adds, “This was truly an example of how teamwork can make all the difference in the success of the outcome. Having the support and commitment of everyone involved has helped create something we can all take pride in.”
Eldorado Stone Profile Featured: Meseta Fieldledge with a custom mortar technique
Architect: Dennis Danahay, Chris Rost, Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach, California
Builder: Keller Homes, Colorado Springs, CO
Colorist: Ann Matteson, Ann Matteson Consulting, Newport Beach, CA
Distributor: C&C Sand and Stone Company, Colorado Springs, CO