This rustic cottage squeezed a four bedroom house with all the features of a larger house into a 3,000 square foot home. The neighborhoods 17′-0″ height limit required a narrow floor plan to fit the homes  steep pitched roof under. The result is a single loaded plan that floods the interior with light and connects the living spaces to the front and rear courtyards, allowing the interior to expand and connect outside. Although recently built new, rustic materials where used to give the home an “evolved” feeling of an older home. Salvaged barn beams, used brick and French oak floors give the interior a feeling of warmth and timeless beauty. The living space features a French limestone fireplace surround serving as a focal point to the living space. An organizing element used throughout the home is referred to as “enfilade” or the lining up of spaces and rooms. This allows the small home to feel transparent and the spaces to flow into one another. The rooms and furniture orientations capitalize on the stunning view of Camelback Mountain to the north of the home. The angled cul-de-sac lot enables the master suite to open to the mountains peak.

Another important feature of the home is a rear sited garage allowing the home to front on two separate streets doubling the curb appeal. This avoids the trap of a typical six foot side yard wall encircling the property and turning a blank face to homes facing the side of this property. The neighboring homes now look onto a beautiful side yard that also serves as a dog run allowing the homes two Labradors to socialize with the pedestrian traffic in the neighborhood. Yes we even think about the family pooch!


Location: Paradise Valley, AZ

This French provincial home was created around a story that weaves the various wings of the house together. The finger like plan forms intimate courtyards that become the focus of interior spaces. Architectural antiques are incorporated into the home, giving it a timeless appearance. Salvaged barn beams were used throughout the interior and exterior to support the rustic rural look of the architecture. Local stone accents the “original” homestead and decomposed granite from the site was embedded in the mortar joints to create a rustic look that appears to have been built in the 19th century. A covered loggia connects the guest house and main house with the garage area. The loggia protects the homes walls from the intense desert heat while defining usable outdoor spaces in the front courtyard. Antique limestone fountains imported from France grace the front and rear courtyards. The stone used on the house is local and is applied as a veneer of concrete masonry walls. The brick used on the house is salvaged from Chicago and accents the stone and stucco walls giving the entire architecture a timeless quality.


Location: Phoenix, AZ

Set on an irrigated one acre lot this home was designed to evoke the pastoral roots of the areas dairy farms that once dotted the north central part of Phoenix. Although recently constructed in whole the home appears as a conglomeration of simply gabled outbuildings that are connected by lower sloping metal shed roofs. The main “older” living volume is articulated with a banded brick pattern while Its interior space is defined with salvaged barn beams giving the “original” home a unique depth and aged character. The rear of the home features a “cement pond” with attached guesthouse and cabana.

The side entry garage utilizes the vent cupola as a skylight for the attic storage area. Banded grass strips replicate the once present banded fields of alfalfa and trees march through the driveway providing shade to parked cars. Warehouse light fixtures highlight the doors. A shed roof, knee braced to the south facing wall, protects the wooden doors that appear to open like an old stable.

Bi-folding doors connect the kitchen to the outdoor living room at the west side of the home. A studded vinyl covered pantry door designed by Bouton and Foley interiors ties in perfectly with the brass strapped hood and range top.

Brick, barn doors and old wooden ceiling beams give the illusion of a covered patio now being used as a hallway entrance to the master suite.


Location: Phoenix, AZ

Drawing on the roots of Spanish Colonial homes originally built in the Arcadia Neighborhood this new home sits on ¾ acre lot just south of Camelback Road. The homes three car garage protrudes out from the main home, forming an intimate courtyard on the front of the home. Noise is buffered from nearby Camelback Road by the garages mass. A fireplace provides a focal point to the space.

Although historical in style and scale, the homes interior offers an open floor plan ideal for entertaining. Volume is provided with vaulted ceilings stick framed like the construction of historical structures. A cupola in the kitchen provides ample overhead light from above and lifts the ceiling. A long pool set on axis from the great room offers a beautiful focal point from the rear of the home. The ramada’s semi-circular opening is reflected as a full circle in the dark bottomed pool.

Arcades and covered patios protect the homes “skin” from the east and west sun exposure. The floorplan places all bedrooms together for this young family and a spare bedroom on the opposite side offers flexible use as an exercise room or a guest suite. An outdoor kitchen complete with pizza oven and barbeque is shaded by a steel trellis with a camel arch framing the view of the nearby mountain. The interior rooms are connected to the intimate courtyard spaces with double French doors and Dutch doors allowing kids and dogs to “stay” when required. A custom ceramic tile mosaic depicts an orange tree with family names painted on the fruit. The image was borrowed from the Royal Palms Hotel where the couple was wed and reinforces the family’s love of the citrus groves that once dominated the Arcadia landscape.


Location: Paradise Valley, AZ

Situated on a narrow lot with a wash easement running along the west side of the lot, this home design takes contextual clues from the surrounding mid-Century houses which are composed primarily of stucco boxes with cantilevered roof forms to shade the walls of the homes from the intense desert sun. A linear design of four “boxes” composed of Garage, Utility, living, master bedroom and guest suite cascade down the sloped lot and are connected by single loaded hallways with floor to ceiling glass allowing you to connect to outdoor spaces as you move through the house. Diagonal views to Camelback Mountain are achieved through the use of corner windows and multislide door systems linking the interior to the outdoor living areas and patios. A roof top patio situated above the garage offers 360 degree views of the surrounding desert and vistas to the Four Peaks Mountain Range. Long narrow lot with a wash extending down one side.

Each area of the home is articulated by different colors of stucco some of which have horizontal reveals accentuating the low nature of the masses. In the master suite a serpentine wall extends to the exterior creating a show al fresco. Roof cupolas bring indirect light into the kitchen which has stunning views of Camelback Mountain. This couple spends many happy hours in their kitchen so the primary living spaces revolve around it.

A corner sliding door system opens the interior to the exterior dissolving the barrier between the diagonal view of the mountain.


Location: Paradise Valley, AZ

Situated on a three acre property in the heart of Paradise Valley, this 8,500 square foot home is organized around the axis of a one hundred foot long trellised arcade which links the main house to the eight car auto court and pool cabana. The home is oriented to capture distant views of the McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak. The elegant Spanish Style home serves as the perfect backdrop for the owner’s museum quality western art collection. Traditional Spanish Colonial Details include the heavily carved Mesquite door, sea shell plaster niches and numerous arched openings. A rear stair leads up to the Master suite from the mud room and the wrought iron stair balusters are custom designed for the house. The owner’s three boys enjoy the expansive rear lawn that accommodates the pool, a putting green, a bocce ball court, and pet yard containing african tortoises and chicken coupe. This home is featured in Phoenix Home and Gardens only coffee table book celebrating the best in Arizona Architecture and has been widely published.


Location: Scottsdale, AZ

This 5,000 square foot home was transformed from a pueblo style home to a contemporary backdrop for the owner’s extensive art collection. An art studio was added to enclose the rear courtyard. New walls of operable sliding glass doors allow the interior to open to an exterior courtyard. Horizontal windows were installed to capture panoramic views and vertical windows installed to frame nearby saguaro cacti. The kitchen was opened up to the dining area and exterior columns were removed revealing stunning views of nearby Pinnacle Peak Mountain. Warm wood tones used in the ceilings doors and cabinetry take a very modern home and provide a sense of warmth and coziness to the interior. Courtyard fountains provide a soothing tone and cooling effect to the interior rooms. Perforated steel shade screens and plants provide a playful shadow effect to the stark exterior stucco walls. Sculptural steel scuppers guide rain water far away from the foundation and celebrate the rain storms that frequent the desert in July and August.


Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Located on an interior lot from the Meadows Golf Course at Forest Highlands , this 5,000 square foot mountain home has the warm homey feeling that provides a escape from the desert heat and the families busy lives in Phoenix. The Great room features a large expanse of bi-folding French doors that connect the exterior living area to the interior of the home. The second story game room was situated above the garage allowing the kids to be kids and the parents to enjoy the peace of their mountain retreat. A guest suite designed with four sleeping “births” provides adequate sleeping accommodations for family and friends. Natural stone, wood and a standing seam metal roof echo the historic materials that have existed on homes prior to the turn of the century giving the architecture a timeless quality.


Location: Phoenix, AZ

This modern ranch is situated on 2 ½ acres under the Praying Monk on the North side of Camelback Mountain. The home was originally built in 1960 and extensive alterations had been made over time which required variance approvals and stabilization of the hillside. All non-native plants were removed and the hillside stabilized through the use of boulders and plantings of desert flora. The original foot print was reused and additional space added to enhance the modest 3,500 square foot home. The living areas were opened up providing distant views to the north as far as Black Mountain and ridge line views to Camelback itself uphill to the south.

Red sand stone walls of Sedona Creek rubble where salvaged and red flagstone walls now adorn the retaining walls and house anchoring the structure to the colorations of the mountain and existing home. The wrap around windows of the living spaces provide a 180 degree view of the Town of Paradise Valley. Shade screens were ingeniously designed as part of the window system disappearing when sun and privacy are not a concern. The concrete floors of the interior extend out to exterior patio spaces through large expansive doors that accordion open to bring the outdoors in. Volume is achieved the old fashioned way with vaulted beam ceilings giving rise to interior spaces while maintaining a horizontal line which complements the mountain.