Finding Common Ground In A Hillside Arizona Home

HOME TOURS | BY | January 25, 2018

House Details

Style: Modern

Produced By: Mary Ore

Photography: Karyn Millet

Architecture: John Sather, Swaback Partners, PLLC.

Interior Design: Anita Lang, IMI Design, Inc.

Home Builder: Tom Fisher, Fisher Custom Homes

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hey wanted a piece of architecture that used the mountain in unconventional ways,” says architect John Sather of a Paradise Valley home he created with interior designer Anita Lang.

The homeowners, a couple with grown children, were eager to downsize and start fresh with a new multi-level design that hugged their Arizona mountain site. “This is a client we had done a lot of community development work for, and they thought it was about time to develop a ‘community’ for themselves.”

To that end, the couple asked for a home that was small but smart, and that made full use of not only the views but of tucked-away spaces like a protected courtyard and a downstairs wine cellar. They also wanted the structure to blend unobtrusively into the mountain. “One of the biggest early elements was finding indoor-outdoor stone that would relate to the mountain,” says Lang.

The resulting design melds the homeowners’ different tastes (he likes modern, she likes cozy) into a comfortable aesthetic that celebrates the best of their union. “You can create a beautiful design, but if the clients don’t enjoy it, you’ve missed the point,” says Lang. “I’m happy when the clients are happy.”

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