Nora Burba Trulsson 2017-06-20 11:40:47
LAKE|FLATO EFFECT The only Arizona house designed by the renowned Texas architectural firm is on the market. From the street, the home is barely visible. All you can glimpse are a flat roofline and some board-formed concrete walls peeping over lush desert vegetation. Only when you walk down some garden steps and through the pivoting glass and steel entry door does the home’s elegant architecture reveal itself. Soaring ceilings; long stretches of window walls; broad overhangs; a mix of strong, simple materials; and a series of courtyards combine to make a place that makes you want to linger. And then there are the killer views—desert, golf course, mountains and city lights. Located in North Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain, the house is the only Arizona residence designed by Lake|Flato (lakeflato.com), an award-winning Texas architectural firm, internationally known for its modern, sustainable designs that are rooted in a sense of place. Covet this three-bedroom, 3,800-squarefoot house? It’s on the market, listed by azarchitecture/Jarson & Jarson Real Estate (480. 425.9300, firstname.lastname@example.org, azarchitecture.com) for $2,695,000. The house, explains Lake|Flato principal and co-founder Ted Flato, was built in 2009 for a Dallas couple who love to golf and wanted a winter retreat. “The lot has phenomenal views that make you feel like you’re floating over the desert with a strip of green golf course in between,” says Flato. “The challenge was that the lot is in what’s basically a suburban development with existing houses on two sides and across the street. We needed a design with ‘blinders’ that would screen out views of the surrounding homes and keep the focus on the primary view across the golf course.” Working with a local team that included The Construction Zone (czphx.com), a Phoenix builder, and Tempe landscape architect Bill Tonnesen (billtonnesen.com), Flato created a design that nestles down into the slightly sloping half-acre site. A freestanding, angled garage forms an architectural barrier toward the street. The U-shaped main house opens up onto a pool patio that overlooks the golf course and desert views. One wing of the house includes the master suite and a small office, where more solid walls and fewer windows screen out a neighboring house. On the opposite side, a series of strategically placed courtyards and two en suite guest casitas create a visual barrier to another neighbor’s property. Inside, the home is detailed with custom touches. Integrally colored scored concrete flooring cools underfoot, except in the living and dining rooms, where end-block mesquite underscores the setting. Mesquite was also used for panel walls that provide texture and spots to hang large paintings. In the kitchen, custom rift-sawn oak cabinetry and limestone countertops offer plenty of storage and work space for serious cooking. There’s more storage in the form of a butler’s pantry with a wine cooler and an additional walk-in pantry. In the master suite, a low window at the foot of the bed was designed so that the family pooch could keep watch on the desert floor. In the master bath, dual vanities flank a glassed-in walk-through shower. The walk-in closet has enough rod, shelf and drawer space to house a major fashion collection. The outdoor spaces were designed to be extensions of the house. From the main patio, a pool placed perpendicularly to the house leads the eye toward the views. “The pool connects to the patio in a traditional way,” explains Flato, “but because of the slope, it rises out of the ground at the far end. It’s clad in weathered steel, so it looks like a rusted metal cube out in the desert landscape. When you’re in the pool, you feel like you’re swimming through the desert.” A lower-level patio includes a fire pit and retaining walls that double as firewood storage boxes. A sheltered patio off the living room offers shade and more privacy. The home has won numerous design awards and has been featured in many publications. But all that is beside the point, says Realtor Scott Jarson, whose firm specializes in architecturally unique homes: “Even if you knew nothing previously about the house or the architecture, you’d connect instantly the minute you step on the property and into the home. That’s the magic of its design and the siting. It’s a curated experience.” Jarson, who shares the listing with his wife, Debbie Jarson, also likes the home’s human scale and how the materials anchor it to the site. “I like the quietness of the house,” he says. “It’s an easy house to live in.” From top: Living room views are directed toward the golf course, desert and mountains. The pool at left rises from the ground due to the property’s slope; broad overhangs shelter the home’s many patios. A sunken seating area includes a fifire pit and places to store fifirewood. Clockwise from left: Mesquite wood panels and flflflooring enrich the dining area; the sleek master suite opens to its own private patio; instead of a backsplash, a narrow strip of windows in the kitchen allows views of the outdoor entry stairs; custom pivoting glass doors connect the living room to the backyard.
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