Home > Our Philosophy > Ensemble To Stand The Test Of Time, 07/30/06
david bagwell philosophies Bagwell Colleyville/Dallas TX communities  


Bagwell’s Ensemble Concept Designed To Stand The Test Of Time.

  Whittier Heights Lot 22/A is the site of the first Ensemble design of architect Robin McCaffrey..

July 30, 2006 - In his classic, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, Victorian architectural critic John Ruskin expressed his convictions about the nature and role of architecture and its ennobling aesthetic qualities. His timeless observations remain an inspiration to those who truly love fine architecture and building.

Among Ruskin’s more eloquently expressed admonitions to designers and builders is:

“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let (it) not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such a work as our descendants will thank us for. And let us think as we lay stone, that a time will come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them.”

Colleyville residential developer David Bagwell and a group of building industry colleagues respond to Ruskin’s clarion call. Through their new Ensemble initiative, they seek to achieve the timelessness of which Ruskin wrote.

“There is no such thing as ‘today’s homebuyer’,” Bagwell says. “Instead, the housing market is made up of individuals with varying needs, tastes, and budgets. Our work appeals to homebuyers especially sensitive to refinement and excellence in design, materials, and craftsmanship. Our natural buyers understand the distinction between a ‘McMansion’ and a truly fine home and seek a picturesque neighborhood in which to realize their dream. This is the audience to whom our Ensemble of architects and builders seeks to play.”

“There can never be excellence without effort, ” Bagwell adds. “Fine homebuilding also requires natural artistic ability, training, experience, and faithful commitment to an elevated outcome. We are fortunate to be part of an Ensemble of building professionals devoted to crafting homes rich in character and enduring in value. This group is expanding and continuing to refine and streamline how we concert our aesthetic efforts.”

Bagwell’s Ensemble initiative depends first of all on exceptional design. “A thoroughly developed set of building and landscape plans is like the score a composer writes for an ensemble of accomplished musicians,” Bagwell explains. “Our objective for house and landscape plans is that they resolve and also explain all elements on the exterior of a home, so that the plans will lead construction. The alternative to such a thorough set of plans is a seat-of-the-pants process that often leads to ad hoc decision-making by a sequence of subcontractors who lack artistic training and coordination.”

“As the old saying goes, ‘The bitter taste of bad quality lasts longer than the sweet taste of cheap price’,” Bagwell recalls. “Today, more than ever, this truism well explains the false economy of those who would save on house and landscape plans, yet seek to build a truly fine home.”

“A true professional yearns to be more, and we find that many buyers also want more. Ensemble is our answer in Northeast Tarrant County for those who do,” Bagwell asserts.

For more information, call David Bagwell at 817/540-5500, extension 1.

<< Back.