1 story | 2,800 SF | Phoenix | Addition | Remodel | 2009
Nestled within the foothills of North mountain, this 1949 tract home had a number of drawbacks. Compartmentalized internal spaces, inadequate closets, small bedrooms, kitchen and lack of a direct connection to the outdoors prompted the home owners to re-imagine their home. Being ardent believers of living in harmony with the desert, the design embodies the principles of passive solar design. The concept for the house was to create an open home environment that is rooted in its natural surroundings and connects every part of the home to the outdoors. All interior walls were gutted leaving just the block load bearing walls, roof and concrete floor intact. The home built of rammed earth and local block is a low-energy use home, celebrates the notion of desert living through materials, color and landscape pallet that complement the sonoran desert.