A wonderful family living in the foothills of Camelback Mountain asked us to look at options for preserving their home, yet making the spaces feel more in keeping with their lifestyle. Working with a 1970’s slump block and shake shingle roof home with low ceilings, we decided to reorient the entry sequence in order to make the private spaces more separate from the public spaces. We reconfigured the center of the space with an open plan between living and kitchen areas, and vaulted the ceilings to follow the roof slope. Preserving core elements like the central chimney, we flanked the mass with full height window seats to enjoy the views of Camelback. The bedrooms spaces were made larger and more livable with abundant daylight. The slump block was redressed with a mortar wash to give an adobe sense and the roof reclad with standing seam giving the structure a contemporary feel. The orientation of the kitchen and dining directly west prompted a new steel and fabric patio structure to simultaneously protect from the brutal setting sun, and maintain views across the valley.
Mechanical, Plumbing Electrical Engineer: Maven Engineering
Structural Engineer: Struktur Studio
General Contractor: Schwartz Construction