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The Results Are In, and the Ayes Have It

  This Ensemble home is a collaboration of 3rd Dimension Design and Westgate Properties in Bagwell’s Broughton neighborhood in Colleyville.

Colleyville developer David Bagwell recently conducted a straw poll: “All in favor of a simpler plan approval process, say ‘Aye’.” The motion passed unanimously, and Ensemble was born. As explained at bagwellcompany.com, Ensemble’s leitmotif is shortening the period from lot acquisition to occupying a genuinely fine home.

Bagwell aspires to create picturesque neighborhoods made timeless by their evocative beauty. Of beauty and timelessness, poet John Keats wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Its loveliness increases. It will never pass into nothingness.” This is the Bagwell Company mantra.

Homebuyers value his efforts to ensure high quality design and building. One resident recently said, “I know building here is a little tougher for the builders, but I look at it like Bagwell is a consumer advocate.” Another agreed, “David definitely knows what he’s doing, and the product is fabulous.”

Still, as British novelist Samuel Butler observed, “The course of true anything does not run smooth.” Some builders resist Bagwell’s high aesthetic standards. “It’s cost driven,” he explains. “To save money, they use a thin set of plans and ‘talkitecture’ on the jobsite to overcome the plan deficiencies. It’s made worse by employing subcontractors whose quality reflects their price. But, it’s false economy. Looking at houses built this way hurts the eyes.”

In “Art and the Handicraftsman”, 19th Century aestheticist Oscar Wilde wrote, “That the beauty of life is a thing of no moment, I suppose few people would venture to assert. Yet most civilized people act as if it were of none, and in so doing are wronging both themselves and those that are to come after them. For beauty is no mere accident of human life that people can take or leave, but a positive necessity, if we are to live as nature meant.”

“This being true,” Bagwell asks, “why in our era of education, affluence, and ambition, do new homes have more muscle than manners?” He suggests the answer lies in this excerpt from philosophy professor Douglas Jones’ “Men Hate Poetry”. “In previous millennia, poetry was overwhelmingly a male passion. Your manhood would have been questioned, if you did not share in the longing for a metrical weave of words. What has happened? Why do most modern men hate poetry? The main culprit is modernity itself. Modernity and beauty simply don’t mix. Pragmatism and busyness denigrate everything that can’t squeeze out of a calculator. The first thing to die under such circumstances is a passion for beauty. For those trying desperately to jump over moving hurdles, pursuing beauty is foolishness. We just don’t have the time for poetry; beauty isn’t useful, we say, until we’re in our eighties and realize that beauty was truly essential to a good life that has now slipped by.”

Bagwell conceived Ensemble for those who don’t want to sacrifice beauty to a busy life. Approved architects are creating a portfolio of house plans and specifications from which builders and homebuyers may select and go right to work. For more information, click here or call 817/540-5500.

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