Casa De Sondes, Scottsdale AZ
Casa De Sondes is a study in fusion architecture blending mission ranch architecture with a traditional European color pallet. The street approach of the home is almost totally hidden. As you drive up to the home, small glimpses through the trees and iron gates provide a hint of the surprise which is about to unfold. The hotel-style circular drive highlights the visitor’s drive up to the porte cochere. Canterra stone work is everywhere you look. From boulders and rustic Canyon cut site walls, to hand-chiseled house walls and refined carved Canterra and Adoquin for features like archways and fireplaces. The clients loved the old long hallways of the Spanish Missions. This inspiration lead to corridors with views, and bridges over stream beds that took common dark uninteresting hallways to charming destinations. New hand-formed bricks were turned upside down to reveal the heavy texture, they were then sanded, sealed, glazed, wiped and then sealed again with many coats of satin sealer, replicating the image of old-aged warn brick floors of an old Spanish Mission. Our interior-design abilities were challenged with a tall husband and petite wife. We designed several custom seating options which would accommodate them both and a variety of family and visitors. Many other custom pieces of furniture were designed and built using local artisans for stunningly gratifying results for the client. Many years later when the clients decided to downsize and even with the market in a downturn, the home sold for the highest price per square foot the community had seen to date.