The entrance of the lavish home is marked by arched walkways and corridors typical of that classic Tuscan home. Comfort is draped in cloak of natural goodness and inviting warmth as reclaimed barn timber beams recycled terra-cotta tiles and custom design solutions turn the interior into a timeless world full of wonder and delight.
Designed by Kevin B Howard Architects the house sits on a lot that contains watershed patterns and the challenge of working the home around these without impeding them determined the desert dwelling’s overall silhouette. The beautiful combines scenic views with a cool indoor-outdoor interplay and an array of sustainable features in a seemingly effortless manner.
Yet it is the exterior of the house that draws your attention instantly with two retaining concrete walls supporting the cantilevered frame of the house. This preserves the original lot as much as possible and fashion a residence that is as ecologically non-invasive as possible.
The remodeled interior showcases a wonderful alchemy of the past and present as much of the original design by Paul Kirk is preserved and highlighted even as the latest additions make a bold visual impact. The large collection of windows that opens up the kitchen living and dining areas towards the sparkling city skyline is still kept intact to give the interior an airy appeal.
The lower level of the vacation home contains the large living area with vaulted ceiling exposed wooden beams and stunning lighting. Next to it is the cozy family area kitchen and dining room that open up toward the mesmerizing snow-clad mountains in the distance.
Large glass windows not only bring in plenty of light but also help in keeping the home warm during the chilly winter months. The orientation of the home is such that the house benefits from extra sunlight during the colder months while it is protected from the harsh desert heat during the summer. This passive cooling and heating technique also cuts out reliance on artificial temperature control systems.
On the top level of the addition is the master bedroom along with a sitting zone that overlooks the backyard. Instead of using an ultra-simple and more mundane cubic form the slight twist in the fresh structure gives it a distinct personality that draws you in.