The contemporary home is located in the serene Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Ariz. The home's roof, with its massive overhangs, is engineered to capture rainwater and strategically distribute it as a natural watering system to the surrounding landscape.
Located at the base of the McDowell Mountains, The Country Club at DC Ranch was renovated by PHX Architecture. The inspiration was to return the space to its roots, reflecting its history as a desert camp cattle ranch in the early 1900s.
An intimate and zen-like outdoor living space greets guests before they enter the home. This space connects the exterior of the home to the interior using floor-to-ceiling glass and steel windows and an all-glass interior front door, blurring the lines between the indoors and out. Upon stepping through the interior door, guests are welcomed into an architectural masterpiece that is built with the use of indigenous materials: rammed earth, concrete, copper, wood, steel and glass.
The stunning chef's kitchen boasts a combination of sanded stainless steel, granite countertops and hand-cut painted glass tiles. The kitchen is organized with sleek and ergonomincally functional cabinets, allowing its top-of-the-line applicances to be concealed yet easily accessible. The appliances include: a gas stove with a warming drawer, double ovens, an induction cooktop inset into the granite island, two dishwashers strategically placed on each side of the sink and a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer. Two walk-in pantries allow for ample storage of both food and china dishware.
This contemporary home is situated in the tranquil Sonoran Desert setting of the Desert Mountain private golf community located in Scottsdale, Ariz. Floor-to-ceiling glass and steel windows give way to a soaring roof with massive copper overhangs and sweeping angles. The beautiful home and its architecturally significant roof lines are positioned to maximize natural daylight while minimizing glare and solar heat gain — all without distrubing the alluring views of the golf course, desert vistas and distant city lights.
A large rammed earth wall extends past this living area to the patio, creating a feeling of the outside living within. The wall of windows and sliding glass doors also helps with the seamless outdoor-indoor feel. Contemporary furniture provides a cozy seating area, and a fireplace — one of five in the home — offers warmth on cool nights.
The great room flows seamlessly between the main living spaces of the kitchen, morning room and dining room, uniting the areas with exposed concrete floors. The floors are finished with a terrazzo grind, providing a clean, polished look that works beautifully with the rammed earth wall.
A swimming pool with a sleek infinity edge keeps with the home's contemporary design. The exterior glass walls provide uninterrupted views of the gorgeous pool, making the indoors and outdoors fade into one.
The intimate and zen-like outdoor living space offers tranquility with comfortable seating areas surrounded by the elements of earth, fire and water. Floor-to-ceiling glass and steel windows and doors seamlessly connect the exterior of the home to the interior. The soaring roof with massive copper overhangs provides shade, and a rammed earth wall sections off the master bedroom's access to the pool.
A rammed earth wall boasting a waterfall feature divides the stunning infinity pool, providing two separate access areas. Step directly out of the master bedroom and into the pool, or enter from the spacious patio.
With a rammed earth wall boasting a fireplace and waterfall feature, a cozy seating area with stylish furniture and an infinity pool overlooking views of the Sonoran Desert, the home's terrace embodies luxury at its finest.
The focal point of the great room is a rammed earth wall, which is 60 feet long 3 feet thick. The wall is complete with natural striations that not only serve as a beautiful piece of art but also as an energy-efficient thermal mass system that prevents heat from penetrating interior spaces. This wall extends to the covered exterior terrace, creating a feeling of the outside living within. The transparent sliding walls of glass work in sync with the infinity-edge pool, allowing the house to breathe as the wind is gently drawn across the water and into the living space.
In the master bedroom, the combination of glass, rammed earth, exposed concrete and the floating roof offers privacy yet does not dilute the incredible views of the golf course, city lights, mountains and Sonoran Desert sunsets. A premium-grade sliding door allows the occupant to step from the room directly into the cool waters of the infinity-edge pool and the waterfall, which cascades down to the lower level, providing passive cooling and the tranquil sound of water.