Original Story: ReviewJournal.com
West Custom Homes’ new showcase sits atop a hillside at 647 Cityview
Ridge Drive in MacDonald Highlands, a luxury community in Henderson.
Owner Daniel Coletti has created a cool, soothing oasis amid the
expansive beauty of the Mojave Desert.
The striking see-through
pool that visitors see driving to the home is a big jaw-dropper and the
star of the show. In fact, water runs throughout this living space that
is a tribute to the elements and indoor-outdoor living. Visit Florida
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8,000-square-foot home updates and expands on an award-winning design
concept Coletti built in The Ridges at Summerlin for the 2009 Parade of
Homes. One common thread that runs through Sun West custom home designs
is an intimate feeling of closeness to nature. His living spaces blend
into the surrounding terrain and climate. Sun West architectural designs
combine traditional elements of water, air, earth and fire to suggest
deep feelings of hearth and home.
Two ponds of flowing water
greet visitors at the front entrance. That’s just a hint of the water
theme this home carries. After passing through a large glass door into
the great room, another pond leads past the right wall, under a
fireplace, to an array of glass pocket doors along the back wall of the
room. When opened, the wall disappears and the living space seamlessly
continues outward to a patio lounge area where the infinity-edge
swimming pool and a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Valley are the main
The open doors also channel air flow to capture
breezes coming off the hills of MacDonald Highlands and route the fresh
air through the living spaces of the home on the top and bottom floors.
When closed, the pocket doors provide a barrier to prevent harsh
weather, heat and cold from entering the inner living spaces.
cooling from the water features saves energy and adds moisture to the
rooms during hot, dry summer days in Southern Nevada.
and stone are the earth elements in the home that also connect
occupants to the landscape surrounding them. The choice of colors,
textures, furniture, textiles and flooring all complement desert tones.
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are featured in the bedrooms, as well as in the great room, the
downstairs guest lounge and outside patios near the infinity-edge
The master bedroom and bath are to the right of
the great room entrance, overlooking the pool. Glass pocket doors
disappear inside the walls of each room to connect the flowing water
outside to the living space and occupants inside. A wooden deck extends
through the center of the pool to allow residents to walk over the water
to its edge and out toward the skyline.
The master bath tub is
positioned directly behind motorized pocket doors that can open to
connect the bath to the outside elements while the shower has a direct
passageway to the swimming pool. A dressing room behind the shower and
tub includes a cavernous closet that extends behind the master bedroom
On the other side of the closet space, a long hallway
leads north past the master bedroom. A sailing mural decorates the wall
on the left side while the right side of the hallway leads to an office
space enclosed in glass.
At the northwest end of the hallway is a
second bed, that includes a full bath and closet space. Two more
outdoor patios and water features are nearby.
Return south down the long hallway, past the front door and great room, to the dining room and kitchen area.
cooking stoves, Sub-Zero refrigerators and Kohler water faucets all
gleam with polished metal finishes. A warm air hand-dryer in the kitchen
replaces the need for paper towels. The kitchen extends into the
outdoor area when the pocket doors are open.
The indoor and
outdoor kitchens are built with stone countertops, tiled floors and
custom cabinetry. Island bars and strategic furniture serve as gathering
places that invite guests to mingle and converse.
leads from the dining room down to the lower floor, past a wine rack
made from hanging chains of cable that are suspended from the ceiling.
Large metal rings within the parallel chains display an extensive
collection of vintage wine bottles. The rack chains descend from the top
floor ceiling to below the staircase where a cocktail serving bar sits.
couches and chairs are positioned in front of a fireplace and video
entertainment center to the right of the staircase, as well as in a
submerged lounge, recessed 4 feet below the floor.
The west wall,
beneath the infinity-edge swimming pool, supports a glass window that
allows guests to interact with underwater swimmers. During the open
house presentation, a live mermaid appeared at the window to showcase
the water world inside the infinity-edge pool.
An outdoor pond
and patio are just beyond another set of pocket glass doors toward the
front of the home. The outer cement wall of the pond and patio space
functions as a retaining structure that nestles against the hillside.
the same level of the home are an extra half-bath behind the cocktail
bar and lounge. Near the foot of the stairs are a bedroom and full bath,
with its own set of pocket doors that lead outside to a golf-putting
green. Beyond the bedroom, a four-car garage opens out to a second
street below for easy parking and access to the rear of the home. A Tampa Custom Home Builder can make your dream a reality.
storage closet near the back door of the garage houses rack-mounted
computers and an array of signal-processing modules that enable a
Crestron control system for this smart home. The electronic modules are
always on and always connected to the Internet where a cloud of servers
process the data streaming to and from the building. From the cloud, all
this digital information is consolidated and sent to the homeowner’s
smartphone. Most of the features in the home can be controlled through a
single app. The Crestron system also uses touch screens and switch
panels mounted on the walls of every room in the home to activate the
same control systems. These include security cameras, electronic locks,
motion sensors and proximity sensors for the doors and windows. Smoke
and safety alarm sensors are also monitored 24/7.
select on-demand content via 4K ultra-high-definition video streamed
from the Internet to multiple video monitors throughout the home.
Extensive cabling for audio speakers and music systems has been routed
to every room in the home and to the outdoor patios.
Crestron app also controls all the LED lighting throughout the home, as
well as motorized glass pocket doors and motorized shades that
automatically adjust throughout the day to the position of the sun.
thermostats monitor temperature changes in different rooms and enable
zoned climate control through the heating, ventilation and
Miles of low-voltage cables are embedded in the walls of the showcase home alongside the high-voltage AC electric power wiring.
of the audio, video, data and control signals have now been combined
over the Cat-6 Ethernet cables,” said Kevin Peltier, president of HP
Media Group. “We included a second, backup Cat-6 cable in the home
wiring bundle for redundancy and future expansion.”
Highlands showcase home highlights many of the design-build lessons
learned by Sun West through 38 years of custom project development. It
also serves as a laboratory to collect data, in order to evaluate the
efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels, energy consumption of the HVAC
system, the effectiveness of the sun-tracking shade system, convection
air flow, and other new features that may someday be implemented on
future design-build projects by the company.
originally founded El Rancho West as a family business with her son,
Daniel, in 1978. She passed the exam for a contractor’s license in
Florida, then partnered with her son to build their first custom home on
a 1-acre parcel of land that they purchased for $10,000. The team built
22 custom homes in Florida, then moved to Colorado, before setting up a
business in the Las Vegas Valley as Sun West Custom Homes during 1989.
gives us all a little talent, but you don’t know it until you start
building something and getting reactions from people,” Cynthia Coletti
said. “If you are doing something right, keep doing it and stick with
“The prevailing style of architecture in Las
Vegas at that time was Mediterranean, like the Ten Oaks development with
its arches and clay-tiled rooftops.” Daniel Coletti said.
1998, he traveled to Hawaii and saw how the homes were constructed in
the islands to be more open to the outside, as well as inside.
designed and built the custom Tapestry home for the Seven Hills
development in Henderson to include pocket doors that could be hidden in
the walls of the building structure to extend the indoor living space.
Other innovations in design followed as Coletti developed a desert
contemporary style that can be found at The Ridges in Summerlin,
MacDonald Highlands and Lake Las Vegas.
The company built six custom homes during 2015 and has two design-build projects ongoing this year.
“build” part of a Sun West Custom Homes project is led by Carl
Martinez, president of residential construction. Martinez and Coletti
direct an experienced team that includes a project manager, interior
designer, project coordinator and an onsite superintendent who execute
the design plans with the help of licensed and insured sub-contractors,
many who have worked with the company for more than a decade.
years of real-world practice, the Sun West team has amassed a quality
control checklist that monitors 87 different areas of home construction
from “foundation to finish,” Coletti said.
Highlands project began construction in August 2015 and opened is
available for public view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through
Saturday. Just tell the guard you want to see the showcase home.