Home of the Week: Refined Desert Haven

Naturally, the Best in American Living Awards’ Home of the Year, Refined Desert Haven of Scottsdale, Arizona, also deserves a turn as our Home of the Week!

The Scodro’s, who split their time between Arizona and Illinois, were ready to plant firm roots in the Southwest with this winning home. Drawn to Spanish-style homes often found in California, PHX Scodro Front Exterior 38204Kim Scodro, an interior designer, envisioned a house inspired by a classic foundation but with an updated neutral color palette with layers of warmth and texture.

With Scodro’s vision, the team collaborated on the single-story hacienda-style structure with sweeping vistas and a floor plan that encouraged family togetherness and outdoor living. An PHX_Scodro_07_2015_Kitchen_38272open floor plan was created that allowed for the living room, dining room and kitchen to flow effortlessly into one central space overlooking the golf course. Long adjacent hallways lead to the private quarters, while expansive glass doors open to seamlessly connect the inside to the alfresco spaces. The centerpiece is an infinity-edge pool that sits on the same plane as the patio and appears to drop into the desert on the other. When the water is still, it creates a beautiful mirror that reflects the sky.

PHX_Scodro_07_2015_Fire_Pit_ 38522_1For the interiors, Scodro selected a sea of pale blues and gray sand creams to creating a soft and calming palette. A matte plaster finish on the interior walls provides a subtle depth to the soaring spaces, while textures of wood lend to softness and warmth. Reclaimed barnwood shelving and alder ceiling beams mirror the textured white-oak floors and 18th-century Spanish doors.

Scodro, as her own client, was willing to take more risks–including installing pieces of faux hide in the coffered office ceiling–a detail that required almost 3,800 individual nailheads and three days of installation. The end result was a comfortable, inviting space that is open, airy and gives nod to the landscape allowing the family a chance to reconnect and retreat from the cold Chicago winters.

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Project Team
Architect: PHX Architecture
Builder: Luster Custom Homes
Interior Designer: Kim Scodro Interiors, LLC.
Developer: Discovery Land Company
Land Planner: City of Scottsdale
Interior Merchandiser: Kim Scodro Interiors, LLC.

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