The Mission: A slump block masonry home from the Seventies – though located in the beautiful foothills of the Tucson Mountains – felt dark, cramped and took little advantage of the surrounding mountain & city views. Could a renovation fix this?

The Solution: The resulting renovation was so successful it was featured in Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden. Now, the house is open to the lovely horizons which ensconce the home. Seen from within, every vista assuages the eye as a framed vignette, inviting the pleasant contemplation often accorded to paintings. The light throughout is alluring, guiding the eye – and the viewer – into the house, through the house and then back outside again.
Deck addition
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The East side of the house was developed as an exterior Living Space, with a large deck overlooking a new Water Garden.
“cabine moderne” — bervinlapommeray
Exterior deck and water garden
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View of exterior deck, patio and water garden.
“spaces” — bervinlapommeray
Deck addition
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New deck, patio and water garden, as viewed from the desert.
Detail of deck and garden wall
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View of the deck and garden wall. The slots in the stucco garden wall are filled with saguaro ribs. A rain chain acts as the downspout from the roof gutter.
“Rain chain downspout” — kathietoo
Detail of Rain chain
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Detail of the rain chain.
“Rain chain” — emdurand
Deck addition
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Photo by Robin Stancliff Photography. Twilight setting on deck, looking toward the mountains.
“Yup” — mhust9
Deck and stairs at twilight
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Detail of deck stairs in the evening light. Wall sconce by Lightcrafters.
Entry
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Photo by Robin Stancliff Photography. Entry walkway at dusk. The view from the Entry continues through the house to the exterior beyond.
“Two front doors” — ccarmack613
Sitting Room
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Photo by Robin Stancliff Photography. Warm, bamboo flooring replaced the slate tiles in the Lower Sitting Room, to add contrast to the tiles left on the stairs and floor above. The stair was framed with low walls, and accented with a light above.
“Curved fan” — vickiremodel
Sitting Room
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The bamboo flooring draws the eye toward down the hallway to the newly created doorway, leading out the deck, and the view beyond. Photo by Robin Stancliff Photography.
“table lamps” — Denise Dennis
Modern Great Room
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Enlarged window openings provide for wonderful views of the mountains, and fill the Great Room with the warmth of natural light.
“like these chairs” — alan1972
Fireplace Renovation
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Rather than demolish and create a new fireplace, the existing brickwork was re-pointed to minimize the vertical elements, and then painted. Stainless steel cladding was afixed to the existing pilasters, creating an entirely new look to the fireplace. A slab of granite "floats" in the firebox, holding a eco-fuel burner.
“speakers by fireplace” — Denise Dennis
Modern Kitchen
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Photo by Robin Stancliff Photography. Colors drawn from the desert palette and new lighting blend with the warm wood tones of the existing ceiling and the new Kitchen cabinetry.
“Slate floor” — rjburns1
Modern Kitchen
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The new Kitchen offers functionality as well as beauty. Contrasting materials and finishes blend to provide a warm and welcoming space.
“Interesting angled counter Wood color” — dcraig44
Modern Kitchen
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A mesquite countertop adds warmth to the Breakfast bar.
“Stools” — rnacht
Kitchen Renovation
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Dry bar and beverage center.
“Wetbar” — 2014lakehouse
Kitchen Renovation
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The same frosted glass that is used in the cabinet doors is used in the door leading to the Laundry Room.
“Fridge” — Denise Ptacek
Back painted glass backsplash
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The final design feature of the Kitchen is the back-painted glass backsplash behind the range. The Kitchen has so many different textures and materials and colors, that the Owners and the Architect felt the backsplash had to be as minimal as possible. The back paint was custom mixed to match the adjacent wall paint. (the lighting for the photo creates a color shift in the glass...More
“Glass back splash...lets the colors through” — daktaried
Master Bedroom
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Photo by Robin Stancliff Photography. Standing in the newly relocated doorway, the eye is drawn to the exterior mountain views, outside the new windows and sliding glass door.
“Ceiling fan” — household8213
Master Bath
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Photo by Robin Stancliff Photography. An elegant concrete ramp sink is the design feature of this modern bathroom.
“The sink” — zoolee25
Guest Bathroom
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Photo by Robin Stancliff Photography. Sandstone tiles evoke the colors of an Arizona sunset.
“Colour” — domi_pasta
Garden Fence
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The architect worked with the fence company to design this modern fence that blends with the acid washed garage door, yet still keeps the rabbits and javalinas out of the garden.
“garden fence” — kathietoo
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