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2014 Professional Builder Design Awards
Now in its fourth year, the Professionl Builder Design Awards highlight beautifully designed projects that display and embrace new market trends.
One-of-a-Kind Custom Home
Hillside Overlook Residence
Oro Valley, Ariz.
A contour-hugging paver drive leads the way to this home, which rests on a quiet hill in a top-ranked golf community. Natural rock outcroppings provide privacy from neighboring lots and create an impressive, sloping landscape for the private back patio.
Quartzite ledgestone and a medium bronze metal roof and fascia treatment were selected for the exterior to blend in with the natural surroundings and refer to the history of the site. A curved roof rests above the main volume of the house and mirrors the slope of the property. Inside, the great room and kitchen open up to expansive vistas of the terrain to the north and the panoramic view of the city to the south. The entry porch leads visitors into a foyer that captures views of the desert rocks and vegetation.
The clients, who have two young children, wanted a comfortable getaway that could also accommodate large parties and overnight guests. Private family spaces are in the west wing: the master bedroom, master bath, and dressing room, and the children's bedrooms and baths. The east wing and upper level house the yoga studio, the office, two guest suites, and a three-car garage. Linking the two wings are the great room, which features a linear fireplace, and the island kitchen, which has a walk-in pantry and butler's pantry.
Several outdoor living areas enhance enjoyment of the colorful desert, including the mountain patio off the great room, the overlook patio near the swimming pool and spa, and the city lights patio - a private area warmed by a small gas fire pit where the family can enjoy city views. The spacious outdoor kitchen and dining area by the pool is perfect for parties. When they're not entertaining, the clients can relax on a smaller, private patio off the master bedroom.
The demands of opening and operating a new business prompted the clients, who have a grade-school-aged child, to move closer to the city. The entrepreneurs desired a crisp, contemporary feel in their new home's design but also sought to incorporate Balinese and tropical influences both inside and outside. They purchased a building site with an old, teardown house in an established neighborhood featuring tree-lined streets that provided the idyllic setting for the family.
Modern aesthetics and clean, sleek lines remained important in the home design, but the clients wanted to avoid a sterile, museum-like feel. An open floor plan allows for optimal inside-to-outside flow - perfect for casual entertaining - and walls of retractable windows and pocket doors capture natural light throughout the house. Creating a visually pleasing home was essential for the clients, but they also needed the house to exude comfort and relaxation.
A basement game room keeps kid clutter centralized and out of sight. The rear-yard entertainment areas, which include deep-covered patios, a seated bar, a pool, and a bocce ball court, provide ample space for both adults and kids to play as well as socialize. Reflecting ponds adjacent to the large great room patio lead to the main pool and help complement the tropical feel of the home. The end result of the project was a lush, resort-style environment that does not require the homeowners to leave town when they seek a vacation.
This one-story home located on a secluded cul-de-sac bordered by canyon lands and oaks was designed to give off a relaxing, resort-like vibe. The 4,500-square-foot open plan with soaring ceilings and large windows throughout encourage entertaining and relaxation.
The house has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, a half bath, living room, dining room, kitchen, bar, two fireplaces with Hill Country Limestone surrounds, and a three-car garage.
A sleek custom steel and glass entry, native limestone, granite countertops, and Brazilian ipe balance warm and cool color palettes. The home also balances openness and clearly defined spaces, using architectural features to create boundaries. For example, a freestanding ipe wall allows homeowners to bring the outdoors in as well as add definition to the dining and living area.
The front entry with large Lueders limestone flooring is pulled into the foyer, merging two spaces and drawing the gaze out toward the water feature of the pool and the nature preserve beyond.
Hideaway in the Desert
The clients for this custom home love the richness and warmth of wood, stone, and other natural materials, so its design incorporates the cabin feel of the homeowners' native Colorado and balance it with plenty of Arizona-style open space for entertaining. A bar at the entrance to the kitchen is perfect for casual events, while a beautiful wine room adjacent to the dining room allows for more formal gatherings.
The building site is perched on a hillside near the crest of a mountain, providing unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains and city lights below. Retractable sliding doors and French doors open the home to the majestic views and also allow guests to move between inside and outside easily.
The home is on a knoll with steep slopes on all sides, which presented a challenege in positioning the main living areas, outside entertaining areas, patios, and pool on a single level, but minimal interior and exterior floor transitions allow for easy flow. the result is a beautiful blend of Colorado and Arizona.