Monday, April 26, 2010

AIA Home Tour Second House

So this house was also a remodel in north Scottsdale. This one made me think of a rather traditional hacienda. Very sheltered and protected from the sun and outside eyes, yet the people inside have beautiful outdoor living areas and are able to see out, while others can't see in. All the sun protection is very nice from the heat and all and probably helps with utility bills, but it was a little dark.
This is the entry and driveway. The blocks with decomposed granite in them to prevent the broad expanses of concrete and reflective heat. Nice water feature, there, water spilling out of the slit into the trough below. What you can't see very well in this photo, is that the front walls of the house are all covered with gabions, river rocks contained in wire. The walls behind them are glass. It 's a really neat effect from inside. You can see daylight in through the rocks. I wonder what it is like at night? But I am sure no one can really see in, the house is set back. And they wouldn't see much anyway.

More bathroom fixtures!! Teak is cool and so are the slats and glass sink.

And I love the zen windows by the tubs, that frame perfect little views for the bather.

This is the protected interior courtyard. The house had a deep porch that completely wrapped around the inside, with places to sit and relax. You can see the pool across the grass.

The master suite was a detached wing connected by a covered breezeway. They also had the gabion stone walls, with zen windows here and there.

This was an awesome idea. At the end of the bedroom wing, of the main house was the dog/Laundry room. It was informally appointed, but had about a 12 foot ceiling. There was art and dog paintings, crates for three dogs and it gave onto a good sized private grassy side yard for the dogs. Kept the dogs contained in only one part of the house. The laundry was here too.

This was in the office part of the master suite. Outside tucked into this glass box was a little white sand, zen garden. Inside, the light reflected off of the white sand and really lit up the whole room. I never thought of lighting a room with reflection off of white sand! On top of the little shelf were "found" heart shaped rocks. Cindy collects heart shaped rocks. Here's another idea for display Cindy!

The tub was in the center of the bathroom area in the master suite. Zen window and sky light above in the 12 foot canted ceiling.

Another interesting sink. There were his and her sinks and vanities on opposite sides of the centerd tub. And the drawer pulls were leather tabs.

This is the island in the kitchen. I'm not sure, but I think this trough sink is for when folks are all working together around the island. The tall pot filler faucet can swivel around either way.

So this is the dining area. See the gabion rocks behind the glass wall? Cool, huh? The light fixture is neat too. I have a better photo soon.

So this was my favorite thing! A glass sink over a gabion! Now it's awesome looking, and works in a guest bathroom where you don't have to store stuff. I was also wondering what happens if you have to work on the plumbing!

Another shot from on top.

Closer photos of the light fixture over the dining table.

Glass and metal front door.

1 comment:

Cathy said...

I like the rocks oh & the one above, I liked the cork too & interesting wrap a round pool