The customers wanted a retirement home that would accommodate guests. Several design options were presented that took advantage of the site features and views, while accommodating guests and preserving the owner’s privacy.
This home was nestled into a hilly site bisected by a large drainage swale. A bridge crossing the drainage swale unified the two halves of the home and provided a dramatic entry. All of the owners’ main living spaces were on one level, and two guest suites were provided in different parts of the home away from the owners’ living area. The design of the home captures the wonderful views from most living areas. The landscaping, shape, form, and materials—stone, stucco, heavy timbering, and a metal roof—offer protection from the desert sun but remain sympathetic to the surrounding environment. This project was completed while at SBA.