Contemporary Primitive Custom Home, Scottsdale AZ

Sector - residential

This home, which was published in Phoenix Home and Garden, took a reverse of a popular trend at the time of furnishing a traditional home with contemporary furnishings by blending historic, rustic and traditional furnishings and accents into a contemporary home. Rick and the client took a magical trip to central Mexico to gather architectural artifacts, furniture, and to research construction methods not typically performed here in the United States. This home had to incorporate 57 different sizes and styles of rustic doors salvaged from the junkyards of Mexico. A king’s bed was used as a coffee table and a machine base incorporated into the island became the focal point of the kitchen.The concrete floors were hand smoothed and wide-board formed joints in the floor were seeded with small Mexican beach pebbles. Concrete abounds throughout the home; highlighted by counters with integrally poured sinks in the kitchen and baths. The mesmerizing effect of a large spherical concrete water feature which levitates ever so slightly above the pool’s water surface was formed by using a Styrofoam ball with a synthetic concrete coating. Rustically hand-cut Canterra stone planters dot around the landscape to feature indigenous and exotic cacti. The contemporary ceiling of the great room and loft area was constructed from tapered rusted steel carport beams and sheathed with Tectum acoustical planks, effectively softening what otherwise would have been a very noisy space. Hualapai Chocolate Flagstone pieces were personally culled out by Rick and the client to ensure that the color pallet maintained consistence. No detail was left to chance. For Rick and for his client, the designing of this home was as much about the joint creative process and material re-purposing as it was about achieving a beautiful end result.

 

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