WRITTEN BY: Amy Smith
5904 Tropical Drive, South Padre Island, is a dream home that can come true.
If you measured your fortune in terms of your children being your life’s legacy, then Senor y Senora Moreno of Rocass Homes have wealth beyond measure. Family owned and brain-powered, Rocass Homes raises the bar of quality in the custom home building business. Down to the last detail, precision and care of the fine details are the embodiment of the custom crafted home that carries the Rocass name.
With the pleasure of an interview with Senor Leonel Moreno, the details of the quality and fine craftsmanship of our featured South Padre Island modern began to be revealed. We toured the home, stopping at points of interest with wow factor in great supply. This amazing modern home extends over 5014 square feet living space and 6,600 total. It has four bedrooms, four baths, a finely detailed bar and a two-car garage with expansive closet storage. The interior spaces are well endowed with upscale amenities for ease of modern beach life, quality to last a lifetime, and glamorous beauty.
Modern Beach Life
The beachside outdoor family living area is one in a million in functional beauty and quickly reveals itself to be the true heart of this home. A cascade pool, provided by Hamlin pools, with a quartz sparkle stone wall backdrop and color changing lighting beckons you with its ambience through the full wall of windows of the main living room. The hot tub sits right next to the pool with perfectly chosen, colorful and comfy patio furniture that pops marvelously with the brilliant blue of the pool. It makes you want to come spend time near the water and enjoy the day or the night by the lights and refreshing aquatic aesthetic.
In keeping with the elements that make up a modern home, this abode renders outdoor materials that are just as fabulous as the indoor materials. Complete with travertine tile and Teca wood decking, comfort espouses the home’s elements from the outside in. As a treat, there’s a shower just inside the gate for coming up from the beach. And innovative grandmothers take note: a separate bathroom was designed with an entrance through the back of the house. Such great care was taken in the design that the layout accommodates precious little ones at the pool without them having to run through the living room in wet bathing suits!
The outdoor kitchen that presides under a modern pergola is adjacent through a large glass door to the indoor kitchen, with utmost convenience. Denoting all the amenities of a full kitchen, this outdoor culinary experience includes specific specialty appliances such as: a huge outdoor roasting pot, a barbequeing station, and a ‘ Big Green Egg’ for barbeque and roasting capabilities that the man of the house is proud to take ownership in.
Above: Delia Moreno designed the landscaping and decor of this fabulous outdoor space.
The screened-in patio was re-designed from the original plan to incorporate large windows for the family with media and entertaining in mind – and in consideration of sultry South Padre summer nights when a room with a cool blast of air and a great sound system may be the perfect gathering spot for guests enjoying the invitation of gracious hosts.
As we head into the kitchen, a crystal-studded double wedding ring chandelier calls one over to the open culinary space. It is well-equipped, with a full-wall refrigerator and full-wall freezer, an immense granite countertop workspace island, and expansive decorative storage. True to modern minimalism, the design showcases the materials of the countertops, cabinetry, and light fixtures to delight the eye and please the senses. Granite’s smooth surfaces, and beauty as a décor element that stands the test of time, make this marvelous kitchen stand out as a modern showcase. Specialty kitchen customizers provided colorful wood tone and teal cabinetry to complete the vision Senora Moreno had for the workspace. The incredible colorful cabinetry coupled by the state of the art appliances, afford the chef complete functionality. A hidden ventilation system appears when a button is pressed, adding to the awe inspiring modern pizzazz.
Above: Rovere Grigio colored wooden bases and columns with an open-pore finish, hangings that mix the wooden textures with an always elegant and classy luminescent black glass, contrast with petroleum blue glass elements. It gives the composition a dynamic and jovial touch, achieving the harmony of an always beautiful and functional kitchen. by StosaCucine
The Exceptional Quality
When I asked Senor Moreno what his favorite part of the building process was, he thought for a moment and told me “the foundation”. The foundation is a special design of deep and thick dimension to fit the newer code requirements that came into effect after hurricane Katrina. In compliance, the plans included a foundation that lends itself to the South Padre Island, TX location and to support the immense modern structure, ensuring the family home would endure the test of time, and withstand the forces of nature.
The roof is equally secure in its quality endurance with specifications of trusses, contec panels, cellular concrete and plywood, with an overall sealant. This reinforcement keeps the heat out and energy bills down which is of major advantage in a home of this stature and high ceilings. The energy bills have been incredibly low, Senor Moreno reports.
And, if that wasn’t enough, there’s even more! Sandwiched between the walls is a technique of insulating that gives the home heating and cooling protectiveness. The soundness of the interior feels so secure and quiet, there is a calm serenity to the spaces as you go from room to room. Other extras include: A flash water heater; for as Senor Moreno explains, ‘in a house this large, you don’t want to wait that long for the hot water to travel.’ And, LED lighting is used throughout the home to give illumination to hallways, rooms, and walkways. The LED lighting outlines outdoor walkways as well providing a very attractive, yet energy efficient innovation. The chandeliers can be used for entertaining and special occasions, but the everyday lighting remains minimal, functional and beautiful in itself, in keeping with the modern concept.
The Dream Decor
The materials of the interior design speak for themselves as the icing on the cake. With the elegance of sparkle, Senora Moreno brings décor to the next level to delight the finest of the fine. In the coral reef inspired living room, gracing the deep ocean turquoise focal wall, are mountings of colorful ocean fish. This wall sets the deep sea tone and from there we find reef inspired elements such as an onyx lighted bar that fosters a warm glow, mirrored walls that are reflective like windy sea waters, and an ocean themed chandelier that blossoms and flows like aquatic life. This massive chandelier came with 140 lights, and took a week to assemble and install. It is perfect in scale for the room. All around the space, bursts of color splashed with precision embody art pieces that punctuate an infusion of the eclectic and add depth to the modern scheme.
Decor: Delia Moreno of Rocass Homes
Carrying the covenant bling on throughout, Swarovski crystals are embedded in the leather of the master bed headboard and frame. A luxury master suite, with a closet to rival Sarah Jessica Parker’s penthouse dream closet, totes a large-scale mirror and sitting area with ample accessory space to bring on the glam. The bamboo flooring is the perfect underlayment for any princess to get swept off her feet! Bring your fluffy slippers because this place invites relaxation. Complete with plush custom-styled sitting area and personal mezzanine, one can encompass the gulf view while reading or relaxing in complete privacy.
The amenities don’t stop there. The bathrooms showcase Italian tile in fun splashy colors that you won’t find just anywhere. Elegant faucet fixtures perfectly fit the modern theme of the home. Stone inlays in the showers radiate a spa-like experience for the feet and the eye. Care and comfort was kept in mind while designing these spaces, leaving ample room to accommodate the elderly or persons with disabilities, as well as families with children. It’s truly designed for the lifespan of the family, and legacy minded when you consider the quality.
Above: Ferguson of Pharr, TX provided the sleek linear faucet that compliments this modern bathroom.
In this Rocass home of modern elegance, the colors are deep and lush, the materials lux, and the space open, perfect for families seeking the comforts of home in a modern floor plan. Within the family relationship there is security, stability, and love with care for the details of one’s life. And so it is with Rocass Homes builders. Built with the family and beachside livability in mind, this modern masterpiece is well endowed from foundation to roof and everywhere in between. Honor, family, and quality: the ultimate in “Building Your Dreams.”
Price Upon Request Inquiries: Leonel Moreno, Rocass Homes
1117 S. Shary Rd.
Mission, Texas 78504
956-227-7841 / 956-227-9023/ 956-424-0354