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Chronicles of the Design & Construction of Two Waterfront Hurricane Proof Dry Stack Modular Green Custom Homes
1. Villa Lagoon, Wilder Italian Style Home
2. Nasello Italian Style Home


The Beginning of Phase II

Working with an Architect: November 2005 - April 2007

It takes some time to have an architect draw custom home plans for a residential project. During the planning stages more than likely you will fax, email and pass many sketches, photos and ideas back and forth between you and your architect.

My existing structure is on the Eastern side of the lot. The new Phase II will be built on the Western side. We had thought about tying the two parts together with a DAC-ART covered walkway. You will want to give to your architect any photos or drawings of homes that have features that you want included or used for inspiration on your project.


Photos of Italian Houses You will want to keep a notebook with copies of any photos or ideas you have saved to show your architect or landscape workers.  Add to your notebooks info and photos about any products that you might want to consider using... like hardware, plumbing parts, etc...
Architectural ideas notebook


Sketches of floor plan ideas   Possible solutions for house addition

We started with various rough sketches of floorplans and went through various versions. The first concepts that Ted Dial suggested were on a scale that would have been nice but were over budget. The first rule of construction is that projects always take longer and cost more than anticipated. With this in mind, first-time homebuilders are well advised to take a conservative approach in planning.

I met with Ted Dial in Mobile and gave him some photos and some really rough sketches of a possible basic concept for this second part of the house. Ted was able to send me a .pdf file by email of the basic shaped building that we had discussed with dimensions labeled. He wanted feedback on the overall dimensions. Also, it was determined that we needed to leave an area open to allow a back-hoe access to the bulkhead and water's edge for future maintenance.

Early concept drawings

We made some rough drawings on a quadrille pad of the floor plans to work out some different room arrangements and shift things around a bit.

Floor Plan sketches  Architectural sketches and drawings

I redrew the room arrangements using a straightedge and labeled the dimensions.  I then faxed these pencil drawings back to Ted....the result: Early Version of the Plans (PDF Format).

Later came a more refined version of the house plans. All this takes time. You may also be interested in earlier ideas of a Venetian-style ballustrade for the porch railing, even though they never came to fruition.

Later Version of Plans (as shown below) in PFD Format.

North elevation of waterfront house plans

So here we have the latest elevation drawings. From the road, the building will look sorta like an old fashioned urban fire station. The entry will be on the east side, with a dual staircase against the side of the building.  The porches will face the water and the top rail will be some sort of balustrade, not solid as it looks here. I suppose there will be some sort of steps going down from the lower porch off the guest bedroom to the ground.

East elevation of waterfront Italian stylehouse.

Late December 2006

I have met with one potential builder and spoken with another. The second one and I  plan to get together in the next couple of days. He has built a couple of homes for some very good friends of mine and comes highly recommended. He has not built with DAC-ART before but had visited the Nasello project (covered on this website) and planned to have a look at both this site and the original home building journal site, before we get together for him to look at the new plans and make recommendations. Christmas is early next week, so everyone's schedule is busy right now. After meeting with my new CPA's employees, I realize that I had better get things in motion if I want to try to take advantage of the GoZone tax saving opportunities that we have down here on the Gulf Coast.

Move on to next set of plans with changes and more details...

NOTE: Phase II of DAC-ART Villa provided outstanding marketing opportunity for construction suppliers: New construction began summer of 2007.

The project, an extension of Phase I completed in 2003, is a 3000 SqFt, three-story classical Italian-style villa located in Gulf Shores, Alabama. As with the initial phase, the main house will be built using the specially engineered DAC-ART concrete block system.

Builder/owner Lundy Wilder offered partnership opportunities for industry leaders in the following areas: doors, kitchen/bath accessories, lighting and floor covering. Participation as a partner provided manufacturers an opportunity to showcase their products in a state-of-the-art hurricane–resistant home.

Phase I of the lagoon villa survived a direct hit from Hurricane Ivan with only minor damage: no rain or wind destruction and no structural damage. The home was widely covered nationally and regionally on television and in major magazines for its hurricane damage resistance. The popular cable television network, DYI ( Do-It-Yourself), known for its coverage of leading home designs and home construction technologies produced a 30-minute segment that aired more than six times nationwide dedicated to Wilder’s Ivan-proof home. Coastal Living magazine covered the Wilder home in two separate publications.

Due to the home’s special characteristics the Wilder’s website www.scrapbookscrapbook.com/DAC-ART attracts builders, engineers and coastal residents. Today, the website attracts 9,000 –12,000 unique visitors daily. Partners in Phase II were provided web space, photos before, during and after installation and direct links to the manufacturer’s website.

For more information about the Villa Lagoon projects and future marketing opportunities please visit www.scrapbookscrapbook.com/DAC-ART or contact Lundy Wilder at lundywilder@gmail.com.