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Ensemble Process Aspires To Transform Luxury Home Neighborhoods

  Ensemble homes enjoy an enriched neighborhood environment like the stage set of a masterpiece performance.

Roger Ebert says “My Fair Lady” is the best musical ever. It revolves around Eliza Doolittle, an unmannered flower girl with a defining Cockney accent. To become a lady, she asks Professor Henry Higgins, England’s leading phoneticist, to teach her correct diction and social bearing. This timeless and engaging story of transformation is a fitting analogy for a new homebuilding concept burnishing parts of Colleyville.

Under the auspices of the David Bagwell Company, an ensemble of distinguished designers and builders is creating neighborhoods of recognizably refined homes. Instead of the suburban design cacophony that critics lament, each street is a suite of melodic homes, the harmony of which testifies to the efficacy of this progressive concept.

In a crucial test of her progress, Eliza is presented at an embassy ball, where her beauty and poise are admired and the guests speculate about who she is. Her elocution is so pure that one declares she must be a foreign princess. “Whereas others are instructed in their native language, English people aren’t,” he says.

Ensemble homes are also admired for qualities that suggest they are not from around here. Inspired by the vernacular styles of Edwin Lutyens, David Adler, Addison Mizner, and notable Southern architects like Hays Town, each home is a masterpiece, endearing to its owner and enriching to the community.

Once people walked about their neighborhoods enjoying the sight of such homes and social interaction with other residents. The song “On the Street Where You Live” in “My Fair Lady” asks “Are there lilac trees in the heart of town? Can you hear a lark in any other part of town? Does enchantment pour out of ev'ry door?” and answers, “No, it’s just on the street where you live.”

Enchantment is a feeling of captivation, of great liking for something wonderful and unusual. Bagwell says his role in the Ensemble process is to provide an appropriately grand hall for builders to perform architects’ great works. Chief among his captivating neighborhood embellishments is copious planting of stalwart trees that provide seasonal color. Lots are elevated for “proper posture”, and curving and hilly streets with striking vistas create interest. Ample front porches encourage social interaction among residents of these pedestrian friendly neighborhoods. Many other old-fashioned details are found, such as lighted steps between front walk plinths and artfully elaborated gates rather than lumber merely nail-gunned together. Ensemble builders point with pride to their full foundation planting and the finish quality on exterior surfaces. Trappings like these help transform ordinary into extraordinary.

In one of the memorable scenes of “My Fair Lady”, the former grimy flower girl elegantly descends a staircase to the melody of “I Could Have Danced All Night”. Higgins and the audience see Eliza’s complete transformation into a stunningly beautiful lady. This wordless moment has moved theatergoers for over fifty years. Ensemble aspires to affect audiences of appreciative homebuyers in much the same way.

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