For Style and Purpose
February 21, 2017
Huffines Communities, located outside of Dallas, TX, is always searching for unique properties on which to build their developments.
Located less than 30 miles northeast of Dallas, in the town of Wylie, Huffines is building a new community spanning 593 acres and has features that are not normally seen in Dallas.
“The land itself was naturally beautiful and unique,” said Elvio Bruni, president of Huffines Communities. “It’s not another flat piece of land you normally see around Dallas. It has gorgeous rolling hills that provide for a unique design.”
One of the biggest challenges when designing the community was constructing the gateway in such a way to block the view of the powerlines, as well as figuring out how to incorporate it into the 30 to 35 acres of open space.
“How do you make something dramatic, to scale, that will stand out?,” said Bruni. “There is so much land, so much space, that something small would get swallowed up. Bigger is not always better, but bigger was better on this larger-scoped community.”
In order to mask the view of the powerlines, which could sour potential buyer’s first impression of the community, the idea of an art deco-styled entry was designed and the community named, “Inspiration.”
The entry leads visitors beneath an 86-foot span of distinctive metal arches and stone pillars.
“When you drive up to the entry way, it really is a ‘wow’ piece for people because we utilized the topography in a way which highlights the key elements,” said Bruni.
“We also moved a lot of dirt, so when you drive up you see the entry water feature veneered with large aggregate granite, which is engineered in a way so the water falling over it would look ‘white capped,’ and the framing columns are made from Oklahoma Natural Stone.”
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SOURCE: Stone World