Belcastel ~ one of the most beautiful villages in France, bordering one side of the Averyon river and known for its paved lanes and stone roofed cottages. Built around a fortified castle, the village homes overlook green fields opposite the river bank. This township has a sense of place. It’s a rural community where neighbors know neighbors, and a hillside on which fascinating French architecture has lasted through the years.
Belcastel ~ a neighborhood new to the loveliest village on the plains, with 14 spacious lots that overlook a lane filled with stone flanked homes opposite a field of wildflowers. A subdivision with a sense of community, where friends gather at a square cul-de-sac and children play in a grassy green field while adults enjoy conversation on benches at dusk, beneath the light of a gas lantern. A place where everyone’s front yard is your own, and home to the 2010-2011 East Alabama Living Showcase Home, located at the end
of Fairway Drive in Moores Mill Golf Club subdivision.
You are invited to follow along as East Alabama Living brings to fruition another brilliant Dilworth Development residence. The success and excitement of the 2009-2010 showcase home has inspired East Alabama Living and Dilworth Development Inc. to partner again in creating a exceptional Auburn residence. Watch as a design team creates and constructs from concept to concrete an entire development: Belcastel. See the importance of space and proportion in a home, while realizing the value of quality materials with purpose and key professionals with principle. Explore the concept of a home that is unique and filled with character; a dwelling that is well thought out and built solid and substantial. Enjoy the experience of a subdivision that is an escape, an enclave, in the heart of Auburn, where front porches, sidewalks, and hanging baskets illuminate life on a lane.
“The goal is to create a product that isn’t too patternable or trendy and focus on taking the building to a level that will last forever. To do this, there needs to be a design leader that understands quality of construction and is educated on the history of architecture,” explains Michael Dilworth, owner of Dilworth Development, Inc, “It is important to have a plan that isn’t standard, but one that is unique, timeless, and tasteful. We seek to design a plan that appeals to a large market, then when the home is sold, we will work to meet the needs of the specific buyer.” TheEast Alabama Living showcase home has an overall design that is versatile and workable. The home is available for purchase, and Dilworth Development looks forward to evaluating the future buyer’s needs and lifestyle, then customizing the home to accommodate the buyer.
Dilworth has enlisted the creativity and experience of architect, Byron K. Smith, founder of Studiosmith
Architecture, LLC in Birmingham, Ala. Smith is a native of East Alabama, born and raised in Opelika and a graduate of Auburn University’s architecture school. His desire to bring a unique concept to the area he calls home is what led Smith, in collaboration with Dilworth, to devise a development with a sense of place such as Belcastel.
“The French village shares some similar qualities with Auburn, which inspired the branding of this project,” explains Smith, who created the subdivision’s logo, and developmental ideas including the square cul-de-sac, initial lot layout and neighborhood imagery.
The value of the architectural perspective is priceless in Dilworth’s opinion, “An architect like Byron gives a unique perspective and ensures that the plan is followed through from concept to construction. It makes sense to flow from the developmental design to the design of the home. The neighborhood is as much of the house as the design of the home itself.”
The 2010-2011 Showcase Home has a quiet grandeur. It is a cozy and comfortable home that isn’t elaborate, but family oriented. “It’s blue jeans and flip flops, rather than khaki’s and loafers,” says Smith, “but it can certainly entertain too.”
The airy plan has numerous windows and doors opening to indoor and outdoor seating and gathering areas. The spacious living areas are intended to allow a family to “paint their life” in the home. The large kitchen is anchored in the center of the home and provides ample space for friends and family to congregate. The dining room is accented by a warm fireplace, and the subdued palette reflects the simple life. Functionality is the key factor and the home is accented by the lifestyle of the people living in it.
“I grew up with three sisters that spent every Sunday afternoon rearranging furniture in my mother’s home,” shares Smith, “this made me realize later in life that a home must have flexible living spaces that have the ability to adapt to the ever changing needs of a family.”
The showcase home in Belcastel offers distinct outdoor living areas including the side garden, covered entry terrace, rear veranda, and backyard. A private master suite on the main level provides an escape with gorgeous views, and a second main level “flex room” can be used as a study, guest suite, bedroom, or nursery. Simplicity, affordability, and quality are
key factors in the home, with the finishes being natural and unpretentious.
Purpose stands behind the use of various materials and design throughout the home. Combining the past experiences of professionals such as Dilworth and Smith, along with the use of quality products that are understated and durable as well as livable and long-lasting, will create a Showcase home rather than just a house, and 100 years from now, life on the lane will be even better.