This portion of this website chronicles the construction of a Gulf Coast DAC-ART home built for Mary and Jerry Nasello. It had been added to and updated as construction continued.
Early drawings shown first, just to show you the progression when you are working with an architect and having custom plans created for your own specific job.
The house has developed from these early ideas. We have changed the upper porch arches and will be using a slightly curved block sometimes called an 'eyebrow' to allow for the necessary depth for the top floor cocktail pool. On the east elevation you see three garage openings but we now actually have a forth garage opening. The entire house got bigger than what you see here in these plans.
DAC-ART is a patented man made concrete stone block system designed by Ted Dial of Mobile, AL. All DAC-ART homes are designed by Ted Dial. The incredibly strong blocks he has developed are named for 'Dial Architectural Component'. It is a modular building system that has the look of classic architecture with a solid inner core of reinforced concrete plus layers of insulation.
The images below were made from digital photographs of the printed plans. You can click on the individual elevations to see a larger image to better see the details.
We are not self contracting. We have hired a local builder. This is his first DAC-ART construction project.
Watch the Progress:
Feb 25th, 2005 "We are finally seeing some progress. The road and driveways have been surveyed and staked and we have hired a gentleman to do some clearing with a tractor. The large pipe is to allow us to place the driveway between two wetlands and still allow water to flow back and forth without disturbing the wetlands. To date we have had 88 cubic yards of sand delivered and we now know that we will need at least 125 more.
This pipe has since been somewhat flattened by the heavy truck's crossing. Our block deliveries plus the huge truck the pilings came on have been more weight than this pipe was designed to support. The ridges in the pipe are 1" from peak to valley so when we replace this pipe at the close of construction, we will go with a heavier pipe who's ridges are 2" peak to valley.
Photos by Jerry Nasello