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26 Cover story

38 design & architecture

Modern Sophistication

Designers with a passion for unique and stylish furniture offer quality Texas-Modern pieces that you can find right here in San Antonio.

A luxe new development in which one can work, live, shop, dine and vacation offers optimum upscale lifestyle to both residents and visitors.

68 real estate

32 home decorating ideas

Contemporary Closets & Storage Space

Splendidly Luxurious: Ă&#x2030;ilan Hotel and Spa

Modern is the new traditional

A specialty in organized home and office space provides a variety of customized new clean line trends that blend with the traditional look.

Alamo Heights, Downtown, Stone Oak, and the Hill Countryâ&#x20AC;Ś the contemporary evolution is in all areas of the city. on the cover:

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nhome staff





graphic designer Elisa Giordano

graphic designer Cristina Villa Hazar

in this issue 12 Publisher’s note 16 Contributors

NHOME Dine 19 Give your kitchen a break tonight and dine with us

Custom Homes 44 High-end custom home builders are adapting to new trends as requests continue to increase in the request for a modern look

Green 78 Sustainability, part two

84 The mystery of credit scores revealed

Voices of the Professionals

contemporary trends

The area’s top experts in the home business weigh in on what “contemporary style” means to them

account executive Michelle Ornelas-Torres

88 The art of design

How your scores are derived


52 The experts thoughts on

Erin Clarkson

Going green at the office strategies and trade offs. Find out how smart or sustainable building often reduces waste and energy cost


48 Cordillera Ranch

Contemporary styles are making their way into the Hill Country developments

account executive

NKBA presents a networking, fashion show and charity event!

90 NHOME winter mixer NHOME celebrates the winter issue & supports Habitat for Humanity

editorial intern Chinyere A. Okoro

91 Not your ordinary charity

Habitat for Humanity

93 Upcoming 2012 events

A list of events happening in your town

Real Estate 58 reVIVE el Estilo Contemporáneo The new trend is universal


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editorial intern Amanda Salerno

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// a note from the publisher //


pring is in the air! For many, this is the season for fresh new ideas for their home. What’s new and growing in the building, remodeling and furniture design industry but yet not so new in many areas around the country? It’s the contemporary style design that is showing up everywhere. Homes, offices and design stores are all adapting and embracing this new look. Some are even combining the new with the old and calling it “transitional.” Read about what some experts think of the increasing use of contemporary style in the “Voices of the Professionals” special section. Our Spring issue is full of captivating articles that discuss the new clean lines of the contemporary trend that continues to trickle into our Mediterranean, Stucco Ranch style homes and traditional furniture typically found in most Texas city designs. Also new and exciting in the Alamo City is what I originally called “the city within the city” before I found out its true name – Éilan! Have you wondered what is that up on the hill across from The Rim? Wonder no more. Indulge in the pages of the article where the hotel, apartment, restaurant and lifestyle of The Éilan Resort & Spa are introduced to many who have not dared to just drive up and satisfy their curiosity. End with the events section and read about the many upcoming events, including Shen Yun and the Parade of Homes. We also share past events, such as the National Kitchen and Bath’s (NKBA) fashion show event at Light by Design. This event benefitted The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas. If you missed our Winter issue mixer, read about Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, the charity organization that we have chosen to support at our quarterly mixers. At NHOME, we believe in giving back. We hope that you will join us at the next networking mixer and support our cause to help raise money so that Habitat can continue to build more homes for those in need. We hope you know that we greatly value your opinions and ideas. Please connect with us on Facebook and e-mail us at We would love to hear from you!


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Adaku Okoro

graphic designers Elisa Giordano Cristina Villa Hazar

account executives Erin Clarkson Michelle Ornelas-Torres

contributing writers

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Michelle Ornelas-Torres

Michelle is a marketing representative and contributing writer for NHOME Texas Magazine. She lives in San Antonio with her husband Victor and young son, Sammy. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In addition to NHOME, she also contributes pieces for NSIDE Business/ Medical Magazine and San Antonio Weddings Magazine.

patricia zars

lisa andrade

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“Coming from a family of entrepreneurs & business owners, it was a natural progression for Patricia Zars to dive right into the family swimming pool business, after completing her degree with a B.A. in Business Marketing. In the summer of 2003, armed with her entrepreneurial spirit, her degree & a lot of drive, she decided to pursue a career in real estate...the field which her husband, Lane Rogers, was already in. Patricia has also completed the extensive Broker’s licensing requirements and obtained her Broker’s Licence on February 1, 2012.”

Lisa Andrade Gónima, CEO of inHOUSE Public Relations, is a third generation business-owner who credits her entrepreneurial spirit to her parents. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she has made San Antonio her home since 1995. From pitching and securing targeted media coverage, to managing branding campaigns, and events, Lisa developed her expertise while working for major corporate and nonprofit clients. Lisa and her husband Francisco have five children.

Nelson Enochs

Paulette Jemal, Accredited Luxury Home Specialist & Stager, is currently an Agent for KW Luxury International at the Dominion. With a degree in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, she has worked as a Writer/Producer for Telemundo and for Hispanic Advertising Agencies. Paulette is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and English.

vanessa turney

Vanessa Turney is the owner of Light by Design, an award winning lighting design studio. With a background in communications and real estate, Vanessa has worked in the lighting industry for over ten years. Fulfilling a gap in the San Antonio lighting market, Light by Design was established in 2007 to offer unique lighting fixtures and applications combined with emerging technologies. Passionate about the local design community Vanessa is affiliated with several organizations such as the local chapter of The National Kitchen and Bath Association where she is the VP of Membership. Recently, she was selected as the newest member to serve on the Executive Board for The Accessory Resource Team, a prestige organization representing the home accessories industry.


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easton crafts

Easton Crafts is the CEO of Directions Equity, LLC. He has been in the mortgage industry since 1995 and in that time has closed thousands of loan transactions of all types, including Conventional, FHA, VA, Texas Vet, USDA, Jumbo and Construction Loans. He co-founded Directions Equity in 2007 along with his business partner Marc Spitzer. Together they have helped the company increase production over 20% per year since its inception. Easton holds a degree in Business Administration with concentration in real estate finance and mortgage lending. He is a member of the Texas Association of Mortgage Professionals and SA North Chamber.

As a consummate professional in luxury real estate sales, Binkan Cinaroglu combines personal service and tenacity to exceed client expectations and results. A top Realtor in the city, Binkan has proven his strong work ethic among his peers by earning the city’s Platinum Top 50 Newcomer of the Year Award in 2009, becoming the #1 Realtor in The Dominion Office and being awarded the title of San Antonio Business Journal Top 20 Realtor in 2011. Binkan Cinaroglu will provide unparalleled client service and determination to make sure your real estate experiences are some of the proudest moments of your life.

A long-time advocate for architecture and industry insider, Lauren Austin, Hon TSA/AIA Austin, writes and speaks widely on marketing issues that affect architects and interior designers. Her advisory firm, austinyessayan + co, specializes in strategy, brand, and market positioning. Lauren guides emerging and established design firms to launch first-time programs, refocus existing initiatives or tackle project-specific issues. Lauren lives with her family in Austin. She loves adventures that lead to new design ideas and inspirations.

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Modern Sophistication Nest Modern Delights San Antonio with its Unique Style and Quality Home Furnishings

// by: Michelle Ornelas-Torres

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leek, clean, clutter-free – all elements of modern design where textured, decorated surfaces are out and smooth, streamlined ones are in. It is a style that is seeing a resurgence in popularity as people seek to retreat from the overstimulated world of technology and media in which we live in. Simplicity in the home seems to be the answer. Providing rest to the eye, living spaces are designed with a minimalist approach using clean lines and thin proportions. In San Antonio, NEST Modern – a sophisticated furniture and design center in the Quarry Village – beautifully showcases this unique style and provides the best go-to place for all things modern. Owners of the Austin-based company, John Allison and Douglas Galloway explain that, although thought of as


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a community with a tendency toward more traditional design aesthetics, San Antonio is really embracing and “thirsty for” modern. “Opening a store here was a natural response for us because 25 to 30 percent of our clients in Austin were coming from San Antonio. We realized there was a true need for NEST Modern in San Antonio,” says Galloway. Since doors opened here in October 2010, the store has flourished. The savvy design-duo credits their success to being more than just a home furnishings store, but rather a design resource center where they offer professional design services and custom-made orders. Whether decorating one room or redesigning an entire home, a wonderful selection of distinctive pieces, along with hundreds of textiles and fabrics,

Photo courtesy of Nest Modern

allows clients to create exactly the look they want. “We are very selective of what we carry. Sixty percent of our furniture is American-made, and the other forty percent is from Italy,” says Allison. “It comes from the most reputable manufacturers that includes names like Dellarobia, Bon Tempi Casa and Thayer Coggin, which in particular, offers the design classics of Milo Baughman – a pioneer of mid-century modern design.” An example is the design classic dining room chair. An upholstered chair with thin polished steel legs, Allison says it’s an “archival piece that was big back in the day and has made a comeback.” While Allison and Galloway confide that they originally intended to go with a more transitional look for their San

Antonio store, they were pleasantly surprised to discover that clients actually prefer more modern. Still true to Texas nature though, the designers say one of the biggest attention grabbers in the store is a cowhide-

Simplicity in the home seems to be the answer. covered chair called the Bacci chair. “It’s an armless hairy-hide chair with an Italian silhouette,” Galloway explains. “It is a great piece that you could say is Texas-modern and very true to NEST Modern and the type of furniture spring 2012 / NHOME /



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Photo courtesy of Nest Modern

Photo courtesy of Nest Modern

Photo courtesy of Nest Modern

Photo courtesy of Nest Modern

A company that is thriving, NEST Modern is glad to bring its individual style to San Antonio. we love to offer our clients.” Adding to their success, Allison and Galloway say, is a business philosophy that includes establishing strong relationships with their manufacturers. They say that this alone is what has helped to make NEST Modern what it is. “We have developed deep relationships with a handful of manufacturers who produce top-quality goods we like, and we remain loyal to these vendors; these relationships have really enabled much of the success behind NEST Modern,” says Allison. A company that is thriving, NEST Modern is glad to bring its individual style to San Antonio. Here customers can expect to find the latest trends and newest furnishings in modern design, and they can rely on it always being the highest quality in the market. “Good quality is timeless,” says Galloway. “Even in a modern piece of furniture.” That said, the designers look forward to sharing their passion by helping clients select pieces they love, the ones that will endure over time and make their homes feel complete. Says Galloway: “We are ecstatic to be here and are committed to making Central Texas more beautiful one room at a time.” ■

For more information about NEST Modern, please contact NEST at 210455-0166 or

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// home decorating ideas //

Contemporary Closets & Storage Space Clean lines and Bold Colors Bring Peace and Tranquility to Busy Lives // by: lisa andrade


alifornia Closets of the Texas Hill Country offers one thing as big as the state of Texas - their passion for guiding clients through the design and installation process for closets, pantries, home offices, media centers and just about any space that needs organization. NHOME Texas visited with owner, Daniel Siegel at their new San Antonio showroom in the design district to learn more about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trending now in these spaces of our homes. California Closets of the Texas Hill Country is locally owned by Daniel and his wife Jill Siegel. For the past 27 years, the franchise has been assisting clients with custom systems at their San Antonio showroom and at the Austin location. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fooled by the name - the 28 employees are located in Texas, and their team consisting of designers and craftsmen can make a space look like a European custom home. From the moment you step foot into their showroom you can see, touch and feel examples for inspiration. You can also hear them at work -- behind the walls of the San


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©2012 California Closet Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Franchises independently owned and operated.

Antonio showroom is their production space. Siegel explained that they have invested in the latest equipment to manufacturers customized solutions for their clients. “There are a few items that are special ordered. Most of our materials are locally sourced and made by Texans.”

When Two Worlds Meet The region is dotted with historical homes that tell the story and showcase the area’s culture through their architecture and design. Siegel advises clients should not let architecture dictate the style of the interior. Many clients who want to update the look and feel of their home do so by blending traditional with new. This can easily be done with a custom storage space, home office, or media center that utilizes clean lines, new textures and interesting splashes of color explains Siegel. “Texas has a lot of dark wood and traditional design in our homes, but we are seeing more clients update their homes with


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a new textured wood selection and lighting to accent a space. Lighting not just for utility but also for aesthetics brings more uniqueness and customization to a space,” says Siegel. The team works with a variety of materials, but a favorite is engineered wood with a melamine finish, due to its durability and price. Increasingly popular design elements are the new Lago® Italian finishes visible throughout the showroom. The colors are rich and the unique grain textures bring elegance and quality to the design. Adding a pop of color like red or an interesting bamboo texture adds instant style to an updated space. Designers are on hand to work with clients and ask questions about what is working in their current home and help them imagine what their life could look like in the space they seek to organize. “Our designers have found that the state of their clients’ closets set the mood for the day. If a closet is chaotic, it causes more morning stress. If a closet is organized, there is a sense of peace. And that’s just in the closet. We can customize solutions for

©2012 California Closet Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Franchises independently owned and operated.

New trends Maximizing Space: Many clients who want to update the look and feel of their home do so by blending traditional with new. every area of the house,” adds Siegel. The designers at California Closet describe that as a culture, we overlook the investment in spaces that other people don’t see, and that has implications on our busy lifestyles. A first step toward peace and tranquility through style and functionality is to get clear on your budget and the time frame for the project. California

Closets of the Hill Country has made it easy to walk into their showroom with an idea of what you are looking for by checking out their web site and following them on social media. ■

/ Contemporary designs with clean lines, more color, texture and integrated lighting / Wall-beds to gain multipurpose functionality in guest rooms or home offices / Integrated dresser drawers in the closet and out of the bedroom / Homes on the market with California Closets systems installed tend to sell their quicker at a much higher resale value than if it were sold without.

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Splendidly Luxurious: Éilan Hotel and Spa // by: Michelle Ornelas-Torres


nly one word can describe the sprawling structure rising from the hills off of I-10 and La Cantera Parkway: magnificent. Up the curved driveway, beyond the limestone walls is a little (well, rather enormous) city within a city. Called Éilan, the new mixed-use development combines apartments, offices, retail space and an upscale boutique hotel in a luxuriously innovative Mediterranean meets modern setting. Modeled after a Tuscan village, nestled among the rolling hills of Northwest San Antonio, Éilan is a community unlike any other we’ve seen. Residents and hotel guests will enjoy world class resort-style amenities including an upscale spa and fine dining while also having access to everyday conveniences such as a fresh market grocer. The concept provides a true escape, one that integrates luxury with convenience. Ryan Baldwin, Director of Business Development for Éilan says, “We offer lavish amenities you’d expect at a high end resort, but also deliver services to meet the daily needs of our residents and guests, thus minimizing travel time outside the community.” “Our intent is to make their lives convenient


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Residents and hotel guests enjoy world-class resort-style amenities

including an upscale spa and fine dining, while also having access to every day conveniences such as a fresh market grocer.


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and enjoyable,” he explains. “Éilan is a place where you will be pampered.” Guests will enjoy easy access to convenient services such as a dry cleaner, barber shop, salon, bike shop, florist, and “more to come,” he says. Still it is the hotel’s amenities that will really captivate people. Whether relaxing at the opulent hotel spa, taking a dip in one of the resort style pools, or dining at celebrity-chef Stephen Pyles’ Sustenio restaurant, there is definitely no shortage of indulgences here. “The Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa epitomizes the finest in travel destinations. Just like the Tuscaninspired community in which it resides, the hotel provides each guest with world-class service and amenities such that a trip of any purpose is suddenly transformed into the vacation one never expected,” says Stephanie Summerall, Director of Sales and Marketing. From the ultra-luxe spa facilities to the gourmet dining experience at Eilan’s premier restaurant, Sustenio, to the indoor lap pool and 10,000-square-foot fitness center, Summerall explains that the Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa, “not only provides guests with an exquisite environment, but it does the same for Eilan’s residential neighbors as well as for neighbors from the surrounding San Antonio area.” To navigate this expansive 120-acre property, Éilan utilizes one of its signature features: a charming solar-powered trolley that transports guests along cobble stone streets, where they will marvel in the scenery of the beautiful Tuscan-like village that is Éilan. Also unique to hotel and spa is a ballroom dance studio developed by World Professional Latin Champion, Corky Ballas of Dancing with the Stars. Guests and residents can enjoy dance lessons in anything from salsa to tango. Using a two-way camera, students can be taught and monitored by professionals from as far away as Los Angeles to London. And as if there were not enough to love about this place already, plans are in the works to introduce cooking classes in Pyles’ Sustenio restaurant, where guests will learn to cook from some of the best chefs in the city. With so much to offer, this is one place you’ll have to see and experience for yourself. Éilan, the city within a city, brings newness to San Antonio that will raise the bar for both condo-style living and unique hotel experiences. An optimal luxury retreat, Éilan Hotel and Spa is a place where your stay is uniquely your own. ■

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Modern Trends in High-End Custom Homes // by: Patricia Zars

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ne of the greatest things about custom building a home is that you get to choose virtually everything from the style to the design to the fixtures. You truly get to make it your own. With this comes many choices, and we are starting to see a myriad of changes in the choices that are being made when it comes to building high-end custom homes. Throughout the past decade, many of the elite custom homes in San Antonio have been built with Mediterranean architecture and Tuscan features and finish-outâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;heavy textures, rich colors, arches, crown molding, etc. Well, it seems as though this trend is fading some and that modern and con-


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temporary are taking its place in high-end custom building. San Antonio is not jumping feet-first into the ultra-modern style that we see in some areas of California or even Austin that can sometimes border on stark and clinical. However, we are definitely seeing cleaner lines, more glass and without a doubt, more open spaces. Ceilings are getting taller; windows are getting larger; finish-out is becoming less elaborateâ&#x20AC;Śsimple, yet refined. Even with the larger and more open gathering spaces, the overall size of homes is decreasing. What is not decreasing is the use of quality products, energy-efficiency and high-tech features. Kitchens and master baths are still getting a lot of attention.

Kitchens are decked out with top-notch appliances, granite surfaces and large eat-atislands. Master baths are getting even more spa-like with oversized soaking tubs, large showers with multiple showerheads and separate generous walk-in closets. Many master baths even come equipped with their own coffee bars & mini-fridges. To go along with these larger showers, many are choosing water-saving showerheads and tankless water heaters for added water conservation. Home automation is also on the rise with elaborate lighting functions, streaming audio and advanced security features that in many cases can be controlled not only by remote control throughout various locations within the residence, but also

by the use of smart phone technology when not at home. It’s not just the style and features that are changing, but the designs and layouts are transitioning as well. For example, one previously “must-have” in custom-built homes was the media room. While we still see homes that feature dedicated theater rooms, many new homes are being built with larger multi-purpose common area, oftentimes complete with a state-of-theart built-in bar. We are also noticing an increased focus on outdoor living spaces. Several key outdoor components are outdoor kitchens and swimming pools, both of which are getting their own modern makeovers as well. Most notably changing are

swimming pools, which have strayed away from the freeform lagoon look to shapes with straight lines that incorporate features such as breathtaking negative edges and water walls. Many custom builders are finding unique ways to combine indoor and outdoor living spaces, making for effortless congregation and easier entertaining. Over the past several years many real estate markets have gone through some tough times, but San Antonio’s market has stayed relatively stable and has even shown signs of growth. This, combined with our strong local economy, has brought many transplants to our city from other states and even other countries. As others see San Antonio as a safe place to invest in real es-

tate, a good place to work and a great place to live, our real estate market and trends are feeling the positive affect and changes. High-end custom homebuilders are on the front line when it comes to adapting to new innovations and adopting new design demands. As technologies continue to ascend and home buying consumer styles continue to evolve, it will be exciting to watch San Antonio’s luxury homes transform and progress into the future. ■

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mages conjured upon mentioning “contemporary home” design might often be of a waterfront home in Miami, or a glass box void of all privacy resting on a Connecticut farm. But when referring to “Hill Country contemporary” the images conjured should change dramatically, and rightly so.  “Hill Country contemporary isn’t stark or cold, unwelcoming or pre-manufactured.  It doesn’t draw attention to itself, nor the variety of ceiling treatments, tile patterns or countertop edging imaginable. Hill Country contemporary rather has character in the simplicity, clean lines and proportions,” says custom home builder, Robert Thornton.  “It employs stone, concrete, steel, natural lighting and reclaimed woods, often with a hint or remnant of an industrial warehouse or barn.  It fits the environment in which it’s placed, as if there were some historic relevance – both inside and out.  Good connections and intersections are important, as are well placed windows, but the emphasis remains on the home furnishings, artwork, and Hill Country views,” he adds. With its history of early settlement ranching, long vistas, hilltops, valleys, native grasses, natural springs and limestone outcroppings, Cordillera Ranch, Thornton explains, has a spot that is well suited for all.  For those who might desire to let the land speak for itself with a Hill Country contemporary design, there is no better place. In recent years, local builders admit they have seen a noticeable shift in specific home styles and design elements. Whereas before, clients wanted intricate ceilings, a great deal of texture and larger design details, the trend is now moving in the opposite direction. “On a regular basis, we are being asked for more subtle details, straight lines and simple treatments,” says Ray Stadler of Stadler Custom Homes. “Colors are becoming lighter and the structure of the home and its details are generally less complex – even out here in the Hill Country. Many are instead choosing to use art and furnishings as the accents in the home and not the structure itself.” In Cordillera Ranch, contemporary themes are concentrated in the interior of a home. “We have done several homes over the

past few years where clients are going for a ‘transitional’ look with the exterior façade maintaining elements of the Hill Country/ Tuscan/Villa look and inside, more modern elements are introduced” says Art Burdick of Burdick Custom Homes. Modern technology also plays a key role in maintaining a contemporary, streamlined look on the inside of a home. Sterling Home Technologies implements a high-tech integrated home control system in many homes in Cordillera Ranch that allows walls to preserve a clean look, free of numerous light switches and electrical plugs. The technology is hidden behind the scenes, so to speak, where lights, security features, HVAC and audio visual systems can all be operated from a single panel or via remote access through an iPhone application. “To allow this type of system to operate, you must have a good solid, broadband in place,” says Steve Cooper with Sterling Home Technologies. Despite Cordillera’s rural location, service provider GVTC’S Fiber-to-the-Home Technology offers 80 Mbps – the fastest broadband connection in San Antonio and the Hill Country, and the perfect solution for this kind of state-of-the-art technology. Other modern interior trends include subdued flooring and wall colors. Gabe Garcia of Pasadera Builders explains that a contemporary interior may consist of singular choices in materials that are carried throughout the home. “In one home we built, all of the flooring was a particular stone, a very light limestone from Germany. We used the same stone in all wet areas throughout the home to give a fluid clean look,” he says. “The paint color chosen was also just a single color that included the walls and cabinets. There was very little contrast in materials and colors yet the home maintained an inviting appeal.” spring 2012 / NHOME /


For those who might desire to let the land speak for itself with a Hill Country contemporary design, there is no better place.

Garcia also explains that smooth wall surfaces with squared-off corners have returned, as well as the look of baseboards being flush with the walls, which he says is very consistent with contemporary design. While Cordillera Ranch maintains its appeal as a Hill Country setting that is not to say it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t evolved with current design trends. In fact, the Hill Country Contemporary style seen in Cordillera is one


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that is uniquely its own. Marrying old-world charm with sleek and sophisticated design elements, this Hill Country style retains a modern elegance in its simplicity, materials and detailed construction. â&#x2013;

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Some of the area’s Top Experts in various home categories share their view on the contemporary styles now seen more often.

Contemporary design is capturing the nation with its clean lines, functional appeal and uncluttered aesthetics—and San Antonio is joining the party. Builders, designers, architects and the like are all involved in modernizing the city as contemporary appeal trickles in.

Gustavo Arredondo ADesign

San Antonio is starting to perceive a new tendency towards contemporary approach in home design. Nevertheless, most homeowners have the desire to maintain timeless elements in their home, which is why we are implementing a style called “transitional design” where we incorporate a fresh, clean-lined design utilizing metal, glass, stone and fine woods, granting a vivid contemporary look, yet providing a warm sensation that homeowners enjoy. Santa Barbara style has also increased its popularity lately, as the versatility of this design allows us to easily blend fine clean lines with that rustic elegant appeal.

paulina zamudio

AlFresco Patio The new trends we’re seeing offer clean, fresh and uncluttered lines with a more efficient use of space that gives anyone stepping in or out a relaxing “Zen” feeling. At AlFresco we often see people realize that anyone can expand their square footage by creating outdoor living areas. Our customers are part of the increasing number of people looking for contemporary outdoor furniture with minimum maintenance. It’s exciting how these trends are changing the landscape!


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Adam Sanchez

Diamante Custom Homes diamantehomes. com Finish-out elements are an important element of contemporary design, particularly on cabinets and countertops. There is still a lot of wood in use, but no raised panels, distressed details, or noticeable grain/texture. Clean, straight lines are requested throughout the home. Aside from clean lines, one of the most frequently requested design elements is abundant natural light through the inclusion of more windows. For exterior trends, clients are moving away from heavy rocks and are opting for smaller ones with a mortarless appearance (often referred to as “dry stack”).

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Rich and smooth, dark tone woods are popular as well as light bleached wood. Fabric upholstery with a touch of leather, rather than all leather upholstery, is on the rise. Frequently requested colors tones are oranges and yellows, azure to aqua blue, and lime to sea foam green. Color is in! Faux painting is an often requested application, especially in San Antonio; however, wallpaper is enjoying a renewed interest. Wallpaper patterns in retro styles, large scale prints using light, cool tones with a touch of metallic adds a nice accent in a bath or on an entry wall. Glass tops on tables or a furniture style bath vanity are a new, modern design item.

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Kristal Powell

My clients have international exposure because many are involved with worldwide industries, exposing them to architecture that is historical/traditional and modern/contemporary. Historical elements, such as roof and structural massing, old world materials, and detailing can be complemented with modern elements like steel structural components and floorto-ceiling glass. Steel beams can serve a function of both structure and beauty when combined with traditional wood or stone materials. Modern design has married traditional in the science of today’s home construction too. Foam insulation, thermal-break windows, multi-zoned air conditioning, and an overall understanding of energy efficiency have caused us to look at the blending of technology usually found in commercial construction.

Contemporary design and furniture is often interchangeable, creating multiple jobs for one element. When the elements are combined they accommodate a number of arrangements. This regularly gives the space new life.

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Chuck Powell CKC Custom Homes

Building a contemporary home requires a large amount of creative restraint. Although modern homes are often thought of as an artistic form of construction, the truth is that the lines are very simple. Often the more unique features are shown through the use of windows with perhaps an expansive glass in a semi-circular volume rather than a standard picture frame window.

Molly Sowry

Jeff de Rojas

We are certainly seeing more of our homeowners embracing contemporary. Blending traditional with contemporary design is on the rise. Clean, straight lines and simple elements are replacing requests for intricate carvings and moldings. Dark finishes, glass, and satin nickel fixtures mixed with the warmth of traditional aesthetics are common. Homeowners are looking beyond the usual and ready for fresh ideas.

As one of San Antonio’s largest flooring retailers, CW Floors feels a responsibility to offer their customers the latest in flooring fashion. “Today’s consumer is very trend conscious,” says CW Floors President, Jeff de Rojas. “They know the new neutral is grey or taupe and it’s our job to have it available for them.” Modular size tile, smoothsurface woods and eco-friendly choices such as cork flooring are some of the other contemporary styles one will find at CW Floors. And with the addition of CW Floors To Go, customers can now shop the latest flooring fashions in the comfort of their own home.

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Jason Glast

Realtor/Attorney, Keller Williams Luxury International After a long period of faux Tuscan and Hill Countryinspired architecture dominating new construction trends in San Antonio, contemporary looks are now in high demand. I recently sold the 2012 Adam Wilson Parade Home in The Dominion to a couple who came from a faux Tuscan home—think rounded columns, art niches and murals—but wanted a change to clean lines with a lighter feel. The Wilson house is a warm contemporary that makes a statement. Luxury buyers in 2012 desire something that stands out and today, more than ever, that means contemporary. I expect this modern look to be a fixture in our market.

Vanessa Turney

Light by Design “Contemporary” in today’s homes most often translates to a collection of eclectic pieces. From antique/industrial to organic/bling, the ability to mix styles is the new coveted in contemporary design. Soft color, couture wallpaper, raw materials, and bling are all trends filtering through Texas right now. With designers and homeowners exposed to modern trends seen on Houzz, Pinterest, and HGTV, the resurgence in the world of contemporary design in San Antonio is here to stay.

trent Hultgren

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Having just returned from working on a project abroad, I’ve seen a lot of modern and contemporary styles that merge into yet a comfortable and practical home. I see a lot of homes in San Antonio begin to really embrace modern and contemporary design. I’m am working on two beautiful homes in San Antonio that mix modern/ contemporary with comfort. Jason and Kathryn Glast (one of San Antonio’s finest Realestate agents) has both a modern feel with white sleek leather couches, frosted glass antlers, mixed with a comfortable wood table and vintage chairs. I’m also working with Dr. Carmen Perez on an Oneal Ford home (that is one of the most stunning homes I’ve seen) with its modern design yet mixed with architected church doors and rock walls. I think the key is to really mix modern and contemporary with a comfortable style that still feels amazing in five years from now.

Yadi Acevedo

Yadesign Interiors

Gone are the days of contemporary design feeling like cold minimalist spaces. Today’s contemporary home still incorporates clean lines and overall symmetry, but is defined by more natural elements. Materials with warm colors and textures like wood, zinc, nickel and copper will naturally age and change over time, enhancing their character. As our awareness of a healthier sustainable lifestyle grows we incorporate materials into our homes that follow these values.”

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denise graves The Graves Group, Phyllis Browning Company

There is a standing joke that San Antonio catches up with the latest trends 5-10 years after everybody else. In reality, San Antonio has a rich and diverse culture that embraces change slowly. But once a style hits, you see it a lot because it starts in the luxury price point and moves down the price point chain. Recently there has been an obvious trend towards cleaner, more organic architecture that reflects the move toward green products. There’s a Zen-like quality to many of these “less is more” homes. It’s been called “transitional,” “Austin Contemporary,” “Modern”, whatever the term, it’s getting a lot of attention and most of it’s positive. Embrace the change!

Steven Lora

MOTIF Modern Living One of the most exciting trends happening in San Antonio is the influx of affluent Mexican nationals, who are relocating their families for the personal security, educational opportunities and quality of life that the city offers. San Antonio’s newest residents are fashionable and bring with them a sophisticated worldview, which includes a taste for international modern design. Their presence has accelerated the evolution of the city’s style, which can be seen in the construction of new urban lofts, more modern homes and increased demand for sleek, European style furniture.


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Kevin FitzGerald

Mattern & FitzGerald Custom Builders A little over two years ago, we had a very strong response with a product we showcased in the 2009 Parade of Homes that blended elements of traditional and modern styles together in a way that appealed to both tastes. We continue to see evidence of that in publications like Veranda & Traditional Home Magazine, where cleaner-lined versions of traditional architecture have been born again with new interpretation. This creates a whole new market and San Antonio appears to be just hitting its stride according to the feedback we are hearing.

Gretchen Schauffler Devine Color

When you think of modern or contemporary homes it is impossible not to think about them as an open canvas that features a modern, clean architecture through a palette of whites and blacks. But today we are seeing a lot of middle ground. Cool grays such as Devine Buffalo, bright corals like Devine Lobster, and khaki-greens like Devine Pecan are mixing with whites to enhance repurposed wood, recycled tiles and new flooring options. Black is no longer limited to just black, but can have deep and rich chocolates, purples, or charcoal hues.

Kelly Parrish Walker

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Because we are being exposed to so many beautiful materials, products and design ideas, we are stepping out of our comfort zone and exploring countless possibilities, becoming what I call the “No trend-trend.” In our areas of expertise such as cabinetry, homeowners are leaving behind traditional, neutral colored boxes in exchange for bold styles and finishes that make a statement. Fireplaces are no longer just an empty black box used as a source of warmth, but stylish linear designs that hang on the wall like fine Picassos. My best advice to you is to hop on board with the “No trend-trend” and create a space that is uniquely you!

A contemporary design offers the homeowner the opportunity to make their home an individual project that sets apart from the rest. Contemporary design is like a work of art with its clean sleek lines, it creates a space with minimal distraction to the eye, which also creates a space of tranquility. Traditional spaces have dominated design for far too long in San Antonio, so both designers and homeowners are ready for something unique by means of contemporary design.

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Lynley Serratt Palmer Todd

Modern design in kitchen interiors has become much more mainstream in the last few years. A clean line and minimalist approach define the design. In cabinetry, light colored lacquer finishes combined with natural wood tones seem to currently dominate. Manufactured countertops such as Quartz surfaces are in high demand in modern spaces because of the clean look, thickness options and low maintenance. Hardware is also keeping consistent with the minimalism in today’s modern kitchen. Integrated hardware, routed finger pulls and top mounted hardware produce less visual chaos and are therefore the more prevalent choice. Wall cabinets are being replaced with larger paned windows to let in more light and bring the outside in.

rene perez

The Gallery of Lighting Contemporary lighting varies like the light of day. Collections artfully blend luxurious finishes, smooth surfaces and bold angles with creative shapes and forms to transform ordinary rooms into exceptional spaces. You should be aware, though, that a lot of contemporary lighting uses a small halogen lamp (bulb), with the resulting effect that the bulb does get hot. With the use of dimmers, you can offset the energy consumption and also create your desired ambiance. There are many companies that remain on the forefront of modern lighting. Some of my favorites are Tech Lighting, ET2 and Kichler. All are reasonable and can be found on our website.

anne herrera Anne & Co.

Throughout the world minimalism is a way of life not only for style but also practicality. This concept is being utilized more in our own design today. Minimalism has been familiar to design trends for almost a decade and it will predictably be a significant trend. I feel that sustainable design is also a topic that has been and will be continuously discussed among those who care for the environment. More products are available today than in the past and are becoming affordable and more easily attained.

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Dale Ponder

Cozy Outdoor Escapes I attended the Home, Patio & Barbeque Expo last month in Atlanta and many of the traditional manufacturers are starting to lean toward the modern look while still servicing the needs of the more traditional customers. Several of the outdoor furniture lines that have been introduced have a very modern look to their design. Many have very sleek and “uptown” styles that will satisfy the needs of the most discerning of customers. Made from new age materials and techniques, these are lightweight yet still heavy enough that they will not end up in your neighbors’ yard with one of our south Texas storms. Finishes and fabric are vast and the comfort rivals even the indoor furniture.

John’s Landscaping Most people these days like simple low water/low maintenance landscaping. Large living and lounge space with expanded cooking areas for entertainment is becoming more and more popular. It all translates to modern landscaping.

jorge vela

Euro Design I have lived in San Antonio for about 12 years and I have always catered towards the contemporary and modern clients. It is evident that the numbers of these clients are increasing every day. Contemporary and modern are everywhere in San Antonio; it started with commercial buildings and now moves towards residential. It is very noticeable in the architecture of new restaurants, office buildings and even schools that more contemporary styles are being adopted. In the residential market I get constant inquiries about remodeling or building a more contemporary home. I would say contemporary and modern styles are definitely here to stay and getting stronger every day.

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reVIVE el Estilo Contemporáneo // por: paulette jemal // fotografía: Siggi Ragnar


el vibrante centro de nuestra ciudad a las colinas y praderas del afamado Hill Country Tejano, San Antonio está viviendo un auge favorecedor a este estilo de líneas mas simples y puras con una arquitectura minimalista más no fría.  El uso de materiales de diversas texturas, maderas finas y obscuras, exteriores de piedra en bloque y cementos y acabados en mármol en las habitaciones por donde corre el agua, electrodomésticos y cocinas europeas, grandes ventanas, el uso de metales y características verdes que son favorables al medioambiente, son opciones que el consumidor contemporáneo busca.


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Mas que un Estilo Arquitectónico Varios arquitectos y casas constructoras de la ciudad, entre ellas Elite Homes, quién se concentra en construir un producto netamente contemporáneo y moderno, se han percatado de que este nicho existe en San Antonio. Vale decir que aún antes de que empezara este trend y con esa visión en mente Jorge Vela fundó Elite Homes en el 2009 y diez años antes, Euro Design Kitchen and Bath dedicada a importar gabinetes y muebles de cocina y baños italianos, electrodomésticos y otros materiales provenientes de Italia y de varias partes de Europa, con el fin de dar forma a un estilo

“El cliente contemporáneo lo entiende bien y lo procura ya que encaja bien con su estilo de vida.”

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autentico contemporáneo.  Si bien en los últimos años la demanda ha ido en crecimiento, mayormente influenciado por las grandes metrópolis del mundo y gracias al comprador acaudalado proveniente de varias ciudades de México, quienes  prefieren este estilo modernista.

Un Estilo de Vida Cabe decir que hay escasez de proveedores puros contemporáneos y las opciones en cierto rango de precio son casi inexistentes y es que construir contemporáneo es verdaderamente costoso ya que desde la mano de obra especializada, hasta los materiales y acabados son más caros. El cliente contemporáneo lo entiende bien y lo procura ya que encaja bien con su estilo de vida.  Una casa contemporánea muchas veces sirve para desplegar una valiosa colección de arte.  El perfil del cliente contemporáneo es refinado, ama el arte, los autos deportivos, la buena cocina y el buen vino.  Gravita hacia lo minimalista pero vive una vida rica en todos los sentidos y no escatima en nada que le permita vivir al estilo resort de cinco estrellas.  Pero aun si el bolsillo no es un impedimento, las opciones son limitadas y se venden rápidamente.  Sin presedencia, el Parade of Homes del 2012 en el Dominion, que se llevará a cabo en mayo, a roto esquemas con más propiedades en el estilo contemporáneas que nunca antes y cabe decir que se están vendiendo aún en la etapa de construcción.  Para el cliente que no desea esperar hasta entonces,  existe la posibilidad de un tour privado.


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Somos Contemporáneos La ciudad ofrece varios desarrollos como Camp Street, al estilo loft en el centro de la ciudad y tantos otros como Judson en South Town conocido como SoFlo, South Flores. Camp Street cuenta  con una galería de arte blanca en el lobby y un penthouse de 16,000 pies cuadrados,  que estuvo a la venta por cerca de cinco millones de dólares. Al noroeste de la ciudad está la caja de cristal del arquitecto Davis Sprinkle que pareciera estar suspendida en el aire en las montañas y que está a la reventa.

Un poco de Historia... Por años este estilo quedó relegado a un plano menos popular. De hecho, desde los años cincuenta, el afamado arquitecto O’Neil Ford (1905-1982), quien fuera uno de los más célebres arquitectos de la ciudad, responsable de grandes obras tales como La Torre de La Hemisferia, la Universidad de Trinity, La Villita y tantas otras reconocidas obras en la ciudad y en el ramo residencial su amor por lo  contemporáneo era sumamente evidente.  Varias propiedades con estas características datan de esa época y son bien cotizadas en la actualidad. ■

Si desea más información sobre casas contemporáneas actualmente a la venta, o un tour elite privado del Parade of Homes 2012, por favor contacte a Paulette Jemal 210-421-9102,,,

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Modern is the New Traditional Contemporary Living Finds a Home in San Antonio

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lthough contemporary living has been around for many years, only recently has there been a growing demand in the San Antonio area. From Alamo Heights to Stone Oak and the Hill Country, sleek, clean lines are the new “must-have” in the building market. As the city grows and matures, we tend to see a more artistic approach to building and find that people are less scared to think “outside the box” and endeavor to try projects out of the San Antonio norm. As an evolution from the modern architectural styles introduced in the 1950s, contemporary living is not just a style of building, it is


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a way of life. With simplicity and sustainability as the main focus, it has attracted a discernible clientele interested in a comfortable “less is more” lifestyle. When building a contemporary home, everything should have a purpose and be for a reason. From color scheme to cabinet placement, every inclusion is part of the overall vision. Aspiring to use new and existing materials in innovative ways, contemporary architecture strives to optimize the available space, eliminating additional baggage. This can be seen in concepts such as the open layout, which incorporates the kitchen and dining

spaces into the main living area. Another hot topic, sustainable or “green” living, also comes into play with the uses of solar panels and rainwater retention systems. Larger and even more windows allow the availability of natural light. These expansive windows often surround the home, giving the impression that the structure was integrated into the natural landscape instead of obstructing it.  If you are considering building a contemporary home, it is important to choose an architect and

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a builder who are able to work together and share the vision for the final product. This is a unique process, as in traditional building projects these two work separately. In contemporary building it is crucial that the architect’s vision and plans are executed properly. Local Architects such as Ken Bentley and Lake|Flato, to name a few,


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have inspired San Antonians to explore these new ways of living. Seeing a tremendous increase in their client’s taste for simplicity and exquisite detail, the possibilities are endless, resulting in timeless masterpieces.  “Contemporary Architecture is an informed Architecture, it avoids cliche and “style. Our Architecture is intended

to be honest and timeless,” says Ken Bentley. “As a firm, we are guided by our clients’ dreams and preferences as well as their budget. We are also guided by the site, which reveals to us a variety of clues such as orientation to the sun, prevailing breeze, trees, topography, views, and adjacent structures. In today’s world, being sustainable is simply being smart. We strive for our architecture to have a “sense of place,” with each element having a purpose.” Not only in building, but in renovation, the idea of taking something old and making it new again is appealing in a time where we celebrate a city’s original and historic landscape. At the Pearl Brewery, a mixed use gathering place in the center of San Antonio, Lake Flato combines a restoration of the historic brewery buildings with modern new structures. The Pearl Brewery is a harmonious result of combining the proper materials and maintaining lifestyle as the foremost focus.  In a city where Tuscan and Mediterranean construction reigns, builders have been reluctant to pursue this modern style of building.  Some have even tried it and failed, discarding it as more of a metropolitan city’s preference.  Given the recent surge in demand for this style of building and rapid growth of our great city, it is evident that contemporary architecture is here to stay and in the midst of experiencing a strong boom.  As building cycles change, and styles such as traditional “red brick” and “Mediterranean” come and go,contemporary architecture is forever.  ■

Binkan Cinaroglu is a real estate professional with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. He is ranked as a Top 20 Real Estate Agent by the San Antonio Business Journal and among the top three agents at his firm. He can be reached at Binkan. or on his mobile at 241-4550.

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Going Green at the Office Strategies and Tradeoffs // by: Lauren Austin, Hon. TSA/AIA Austin


n the last issue of NHOME, we began our look at the mostly uncharted territory of commercial green building for business decision-makers. Often called smart or sustainable building, green building significantly reduces material waste and energy costs. So it makes sense that green building and the retrofitting of commercial and public structures is on the rise in Central Texas and across the country. While this upward trend is due in part to increasing government mandates, business decision-makers are also recognizing that energy-efficient workplaces can benefit a companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top and bottom lines. High-profile projects like the $550 million retrofitting of the Empire State Building in New York are popping up everywhere, driven by calculable financial gains. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turn our focus now to Central Texas and a recent commercial retrofit in downtown Austin. Looking for a way to leverage a tight budget into a smart business investment, three local business owners saw an opportunity to reposition a neglected 1960s-era structure located in the shadow of the State Capitol (1300


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Sustainability, Part Two

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Often called smart or sustainable building, green building significantly reduces material waste and energy costs. Guadalupe) into a modern, sustainable office building to appeal to the needs of today’s urban workforce and meet the requirements of the Austin Energy Green Building process. When Austin-based NoackLittle Architecture and Interiors evaluated the site, the existing structure was unlivable. “It consisted of a couple of two-story buildings glued together, with a partial basement, no elevator, substandard stairs and roof,” recalls Clay Little, AIA, founding partner of the firm and lead architect on this project. “From both design and investment perspectives, this building had the word ‘opportunity’ written all over it.” The question of how to realize immediate value and plan for long-term gains for the owners and tenants guided the retrofit process. Sustainable Objectives and ROI The owners began the retrofit process with clear objectives: • Provide a high-quality work environment (e.g. physical comfort, air quality). • Obtain LEED certification. • Reduce energy costs over traditional office spaces by at least 25 percent. • Improve operational efficiencies through


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smart maintenance systems. • Predict and measure savings month-overmonth for owners and tenants. In terms of design, NoackLittle retained most of the structure (building reuse is a big plus in green retrofits) and added an elevator, one-and-a-half floors and roof deck. The major sustainable elements were HVAC; lighting and water strategies; and greatly improved energy and maintenance costs throughout the building. In a traditional structure, these three elements alone represent the bulk of a building’s operating costs. “So the decision to use sustainable systems was a given for us,” Little says. “In fact, our original intention was to be sustainable and LEED1 certified for better positioning in the marketplace.” Budget realities required the owners to weigh the opportunity cost of different systems. For instance, what kind of month-to-month return would a mid-priced HVAC system give over a high-end system costing 30 to 50 percent more upfront? The diagram on previous page outlines which sustainable strategies translate into cost savings for the owners and tenants. From an investment standpoint, a sustainable retrofit (as opposed to a tradition-

al remodel) of 1300 Guadalupe is providing a recession-proof benefit for the building owners. This reflects new trends in the marketplace: The predictable, measurable and guaranteed savings on monthly operating costs is a differentiator for tenants wanting competitive leasing alternatives and better-performing spaces. “Today’s commercial tenant is value-driven and appreciates the tangible benefits associated with lower operating expenses and improved work environments,” says Ben Tolson, Aquila Commercial broker for 1300 Guadalupe. The workforce today is looking for environments with better air quality, better lighting and more predictable HVAC levels. Perhaps the most interesting trend is an increase in companies looking for ecofriendly offices. “By nature, Central Texans have a strong social conscience,” says Gary Morris, LEED AP at NoackLittle. “We find this relates to an eco-consciousness toward recycling waste and using renewable materials. This is translating into client expectations on projects.” Tradeoffs Between Features and Costs One of the first tradeoffs considered on this project was the affordability of the LEED certification process, which can add

10 to 20 percent to a project’s documentation costs alone. The LEED process also adds a layer of fees to construction costs, which can vary widely depending on the systems used. Often confused with sustainability itself, LEED is actually a rating system that has become the national standard guiding most of the commercial retrofits and green building we see today. While not a mandate, local governing bodies that approve commercial green building tend to use LEED as the measurement standard. “A big advantage in taking the LEED route is in the added marketability of the project to more eco-conscious tenants,” Little explains. At the same time, creating a truly sustainable structure does not actually require LEED certification. In the tradeoff process here, the cost of LEED became a non-essential budget variable. The owners reallocated the savings into actual sustainable systems. Top Strategies Implemented Next, the owners prioritized the design approach based upon rapid ROI. The following elements represent investments with a full payback realized in as little as a few months to no more than two years: • High-efficiency lighting systems with

occupancy sensors • Sub-metering of tenant spaces, allowing for individual control and monitoring • Low-flow plumbing fixtures • Reflective roof membrane • Pre-treatment of outside air In addition, the owners invested in construction-waste recycling. While this provides no real financial payback, they wanted to contribute to eco-conservation. Biggest Sacrifices Made The toughest tradeoff decisions involved HVAC and insulation system options and the opportunity cost of sun shading. In each case, the payback for high-grade systems would be five years or more. Using a mid-grade HVAC system, however, would save 10 to 20 percent in monthly usage costs by improving flexibility and control for occupants, while adding only 5 percent in upfront costs over a standard system. In the case of sunshades, the owners chose to forgo this added expense in lieu of a high-grade insulated window system. The insulated window glazing alone reduced energy consumption by 10 percent. After only six months of building occupancy, the design decisions and tradeoffs made are proving powerful in terms of short- and long-term ROI. Electrical

consumption for some offices within the building is surpassing savings estimates, tracking at less than 40 percent of previous traditional office spaces. Today, the building is 85 percent occupied, with continuous leasing interest by good-credit-quality tenants. This comes at a time when the San Antonio and Austin commercial vacancy rates overall sit at 18.3 percent and 20.72 percent, respectively2. It appears that the project owners’ recession-proof objective is structurally sound. In the next issue of NHOME, we will look at what a sustainable building can look like if budget is not a factor. ■

For more information, contact Clay Little at NoackLittle Architecture and Interiors by calling 512-851-1900, or visit www. LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a voluntary rating system that applies to any building type, at any point its lifecycle ( 2 My SA Business, Q2 2010 Report; Austin Business Journal, Oct. 6, 2010 1

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Mystery of Credit Scores Revealed: How Your Scores are Derived // by: easton crafts


eveloped as a mortgage underwriting tool in the early 90s, the credit score is derived from a person’s credit history and its purpose is to determine the likelihood of that person having a 90 day late payment within 24 months of any tradeline. Obviously, the higher the score, the lower the likelihood and vice-versa. The top 5 contributing factors are listed on the credit report just below the score and are in order of their “effect” on the score.  The FICO Model (Equifax, Experian and Trans


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Union) can range from 300 to 850 and weighs the following factors when computing a person’s credit score:

35% of the score is made up of payment history

Are there 30/60/90 day late payments, collections/charge-offs? The recency, frequency and severity are all considered ➤ Late payments are not good regardless of how old they are, but the effect of recency is tiered: ➤ 0-6 months recent has the most negative impact ➤ 7-23 months recent has some negative impact ➤ 24+ months recent has the least negative impact ➤ ➤

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30% of the score is made up of Balances

On revolving accounts (credit cards): ➤ Balances 49% or less than limits is “good” ➤ Balances 50% to 74% of limits start to have negative impact ➤ Balances 75% or greater in proportion to limits have more negative impact ➤ Of course, in some strange, backwards way, some credit is better than no credit so that’s why it’s not always good to pay off accounts entirely. It’s better to spread out small balances on several cards. ➤ FYI – AMEX limit uses highest balance in the last 18 months ➤

15% of the score is made up of Credit History

Basically, the length of time the person has had credit However, new accounts affect this because any time a new account is opened, the number of accounts get divided into the length of time that the old accounts have been established. ➤ If it doesn’t cost you anything, don’t close open accounts! ➤ ➤

10% of the score is made up of Type of Credit

Mortgage tradelines are the “best” kind of credit ➤ Installment credit is more “influential” than revolving credit ➤ Major bank cards are weighed more heavily than department store cards (Not worth the 10% discount at Victoria’s Secret) ➤

10% of the score is made up of Inquiries ➤ ➤

The scoring model looks 12 months back You have a 30-day “buffer” with mortgage and auto inquiries. (If you’re shopping for a mortgage, no matter how many mortgage companies pull your credit within 30 days…it is counted as 1 inquiry.) ■

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The Art of Design NKBA presents a Networking, Fashion Show and Charity event!

// by: Vanessa Turney

Award-winning studio Light by Design hosted the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) as they presented an evening of networking, fashion and charity. Those who think kitchens and baths are dull have a reason to think twice. The NKBA Texas South Plains Chapter presented The Art of Design Spring 2012 Fashion Show and Membership Mixer on April 5th, where local home industry designers showed off their skills—in fashion, that is. The lights dimmed in the Light by Design studio, and the designer face-off began as the home design inspired fashions made their way down the lighted runway. Guests were treated to an array of runway looks inspired by kitchen and bath projects completed by each participant, not to mention artistic and lavish accessories made from lampshades, tiles, and everything but the kitchen sink. Guest judges, Raquel Guerrero of Nic Abbey, Etienne Apodaca, owner of Style Labs, and reality star and owner of Cabana Casa Trey Hultgren gave


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Left to right: Mariana Loya, Light by Design, Aaron Seaman, SWBC, Vanessa Turney, owner of Light by Design, Adaku Okoro, NHOME Magazine Publisher, Etienne Apodaca, coowner of Style Labs. Photo by Melissa Hettie with Rock Candy Studios

middle row: Kelly Rigsby from Ferguson flips her hat to the audience as she and her baby bump make it down the runway. Photo by Elisa Marie Martinez. Runway show winners: Jessica McLean with Palmer Todd and Chadney Alvarez from Morrison Supply who modeled for J Angelo Design Build pose with their trophies. Photo by Melissa Hettie with Rock Candy Studios. Traci Gomez – President/CEO of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas gives a few remarks on behalf of the center. Photo by Melissa Hettie with Rock Candy Studios

Judges for the evening: (left to right) Trent Hultgren, Ex-HGTV Design Star and owner of, Raquel Guerrero of Nic Abbey, and Etienne Apodaca, co-owner of Style Labs. Photo by Melissa Hettie with Rock Candy Studios

Guests take a seat along the runway waiting for the fashion show to begin. Photo by Elisa Marie Martinez

middle row: Shea Pumarejo owner of Younique Designs shows off her unique design, a tile studded walking cast to match her hot pink dress. Photo by Melissa Hettie with Rock Candy Studios. Justin Bravo, vice-president of Lone Star Remodeling and Renovations is suave as he models his look down the runway. Photo by Melissa Hettie with Rock Candy Studios. Mariana Loya with Light by Design is all smiles as she puts new uses to lampshades and light bulbs by making them her vintage inspired accessories. Photo by Melissa Hettie with Rock Candy Studios

One-of-a-kind glass art pieces created by young artists from The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas up for bid in a silent auction. Photo by Melissa Hettie with Rock Candy Studios

their vote for “Favorite Project Photo,” “Best Overall,” and “Best Accessory.” As the fashion show and awards came to a close, the lights were brought back up and guests were invited to bid on silent auction items created by young artists from the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas. The silent auction was just one of the few ways the mixer benefitted the CBCST; guests were also encouraged to donate various art supply items in conjunction with the admission fee where partial proceeds were donated to the CBCST. “I’m so overjoyed at the results of the evening. We are extremely grateful to Light by Design and the members of the National Kitchen and Bath Association for all of their hard work,” said Traci B. Gomez, President and CEO of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas. “Here at CBCST we depend so much on volunteers and special events like this to help sustain our mission. We are 100% privately supported, so proceeds from the event will help us continue to offer our grief support programs to children at no cost. The CBCST belongs to the community and the community has never let us down.” The evening proved to be a success, not only for the CBCST, but for NKBA too, as the goal of the evening for the non-profit was to encourage membership. The organization added over twelve new members to its network of home industry professionals. “We are excited to welcome our new members and hope to add more designers and vendors to our roster as a result of the membership mixer,” said Vanessa Turney, VP of membership for NKBA and owner of Light by Design. “The event was a great way for NKBA to encourage new membership, as we showcased the fabulous work of our current members through an original platform of a fashion show, while impacting the community by benefitting a great local cause such as the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas.” The Art of Design Spring 2012 Fashion Show and Membership Mixer is one of many Texas South Plains Subchapter’s programs slated for this year. On June 22nd the chapter will host an Outdoor Kitchen Design Symposium—a full day of education and culinary delight. For more information on this event or the NKBA contact Vanessa Turney, ■

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1/ NHOME Winter Cover 2/ morgan, a CoCo Employee serves 3/ Anayancy nolasco, Jennifer pilkilton and Sue Patillo 4/ Christopher Greer, John Rodriguez, and Erin Clarkson 5/ Great Networking Guests at CoCo’s 6/ Molly Sowry, Michelle Ornelas-Torres and Sandra Torres 7/ Stephanie Wiese of Habitat for Humanities, erin clarkson and Adaku Okoro 8/ Barry and Kathy Denton, Denise and Bill Graves 9/ Nichelle Hosley – Winner of drawing for Home & Garden Tickets 10/ Cynthia and Jay Gibbs – Winner of Dinner for two at Zocca’s of Westin Riverwalk 11/ Maria Alvarad – Winner of Santiko Theater’s movie night for two 12/ NHOME Partners with Some of the Board Members 13/ Habitat For Humanities Paraphernalia

Not Your Ordinary Charity Help is earned here… // by: Stephanie Wiese


or many of San Antonio’s lowest-income families, a “dream home” is defined very simply – a simple, decent and affordable place to call their own. For more than 35 years, Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio has helped to make that dream come true for 735 families and counting. Families who enter into the Habitat program work to make their dreams come true by performing a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity by helping to build their homes and the homes of their neighbors. “We aren’t your typical charity. These families aren’t given anything. They work right alongside our staff and volunteers to help build their homes,” said Stephanie Wiese, vice president of development and communications for the non-profit organization. “They also attend 15-22 hours of homeownership education classes. We want them to be successful once they move into their homes.” Wiese went on to explain that these families, who

on average earn about $22,000 a year, often can’t afford a decent place to rent, much less the mortgage payments required to purchase a home through the traditional route. Often times, the majority of their income goes to rent, leaving many of their basic necessities to get pushed to the side. “We are the only organization to offer homeownership to families in this income level. We are their only option and we feel everyone deserves a good home to live in,” she said. HFHSA was the first Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the United States and began with one home in 1976 that was built in partnership with Ernesto Torres, a painter, and his wife, Sylvia. “We didn’t have anything so I said, let’s give it a try,” Mrs. Torres said late last year through an interpreter. “We were willing to take a chance and we believed it would happen.” Their rental house in San Antonio wasn’t much more than a shack – it was small with walls that spring 2012 / NHOME /


didn’t block summer’s heat or the cold winds of winter. With only three rooms, the family of six lived in very cramped conditions. They moved into their Habitat home in 1979. “We paid $400 down,” she said. Their payments began at only $50 per month and eventually, because of taxes, rose to about $120 a month. Despite a few struggles over the years, the family was able to pay their home off early in 2006. This success story is not uncommon among Habitat families, said Wiese. “Through their hard work, they are invested in their homes,” she said. “Often, they are the only ones in their extended families who have ever owned a home and they work very hard to get it. They take pride in their homes and want to stay in them. Our foreclosure rate is very low, less than 2%.” Habitat families are selected based on need. They are first-time homebuyers and earn 25-62% of the area median income. They must have “workable” credit, make a small down payment and be willing to partner. Once their sweat equity is complete and their homes are built, they purchase them on


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a 20-year, 0%-interest mortgage. Today, payments average about $400 a month, including taxes and insurance. Since its humble beginnings of one house, HFHSA has now grown to build approximately 50-55 homes each year, all built with volunteer labor and donated funds. In fact they are on tap to build 58 homes in 2012. Five of those are already under construction in the newest Habitat community, Coleman Ridge. The organization is the fourth largest builder of new Habitat homes in the nation and the largest builder of new Habitat homes in the state. “We are very blessed to have such tremendous volunteer support. About 17,000 volunteers assist us each year,” Wiese said. “They are the heart of our organization, helping us to not only build homes, but also serve as a springboard to help these families build better lives for themselves.” 100% of all donations go to the organization’s building program thanks to the success of its three Habitat Home Centers where new and used building supplies and home goods are sold. Those stores provide

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the funding to cover all general and administrative costs. ■

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, visit www.

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Upcoming Events


Shen Yun Beautiful choreographed dance and extraordinary orchestral compositions bring the history and traditions of China to San Antonio’s doorstep in the artistically unmatched theatre show, Shen Yun. Experience Chinese culture in a captivating show of art, movement and music unlike any other production in existence. Cultural exploration has never been more exciting and breathtaking than in the award-winning production of Shen Yun. Tickets are available for purchase at ShenYun2012. com for three shows at the Lila Cockrell Theatre on May 8th and 9th.

Majestic Theater: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES San Antonio’s very own Majestic Theater is opening its arms to Broadway: Tony Award winning Broadway revival LA CAGE AUX FOLLES will have an eight show run at the historic theater from May 8thMay 13th. The musical comedy follows the story of glamorous nightclub owner Georges, his partner and chanteuse Albin, and their familial journey with Georges’ son and the son’s fiancée. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber, isn’t a show to be missed. Tickets

start at $25.00 and are available through Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-ARTS (2787), www. or at all Ticketmaster avenues, including the Majestic Box Office.

Culinaria Wine & Food Arts Festival Kick off the start of summer with a five-day long festival featuring gourmet dinners, world class wines and indulgent tastings of the newest and most exquisite foods currently available in fine dining. Various events located around the city each highlight a different cuisine and a differ-

ent experience, from Sip, Savor & Shop at The Shops at La Cantera to Burgers, BBQ & Beer at The Pearl Brewery. Clear your schedule May 16th-May 20th, because you won’t want to miss a single event. Visit www. to learn more about the events.

McNay Art Museum Exhibition: Andy Warhol The McNay Art Museum will be showcasing a widespread collection of Andy Warhol’s famously colorful art, borrowed from the Andy Warhol Museum located in the late artist’s spring 2012 / NHOME /


hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 150 pieces of Warhol’s art will be displayed at the museum through May 20th. Visit for more information on this exhibit and others.

Stanley Clarke Stanley Clarke won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for his mastery of the acoustic bass. Experience his vibrant jazz music in person at the Carver Community Cultural Center on June 2nd. For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Cirque du Soleil – Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour Cirque du Soleil is self-described as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment,” and these same elements are brought to their newest show, THE


IMMORTAL World Tour. Pulling from both the King of Pop’s iconic dance moves and his unmistakable music, Cirque du Soleil pays homage to music legend Michael Jackson through a wild performance of music, dance and breathtaking visuals. The show will take place at the AT&T Center on June 23rd at 8pm. For tickets, visit

Women’s Professional Networking Association Meeting The Sonterra Country Club will be hosting the next Women’s Professional Networking Association Meeting on July 12th at 5:30pm. The association promotes women in business by holding networking events every three months at various businesses located throughout San Antonio. For more details, please e-mail Traci Morrow at



San Antonio Symphony Orchestra Every month the San Antonio Symphony performs multiple concerts, and whether you enjoy classical music or are brand new to the music genre, the talent on stage is undeniable. To join the symphony for a night of unforgettable music, head to for a schedule of upcoming shows.

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FROM THE WATERS OF SEAWORLD… Opens May 19 in San Antonio

COMES A WHOLE NEW KIND OF WATERPARK. Aquatica is SeaWorld’s new whimsical one-of-a-kind waterpark. Slide alongside the majestic rays on Stingray Falls,™ soak up the sun, cool off in beautiful resort-like pools or relax on our white sand beach.


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Luxury. Life. Style.


and get a whole new definition of lifestyle.

Call (888) 221-1716 or visit

This is living. Pure and simple. This is living. Pure and simple.

H 8,700 acre gated, resort-style community H Large spacious and private homesites from the low $100’s to $500’s + H Clubs of Cordillera Ranch with Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course* H Eight miles of nature trails and two beautiful waterfront parks H Minutes from San Antonio shopping and entertainment H Located in Boerne, Texas — the heart of the Texas Hill Country H Custom homes and lock-and-leave villas from the $500’s H Underground utilities including GVTC fiber-optics H Private Guadalupe River access H Thousands of acres preserved in native Hill Country vegetation * Requires membership contract and initiation deposit.


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