This newly constructed hillside French estate in Scottsdale, Arizona, was designed by OZ Architects in a style of architecture indicative of southern France’s Rhone Valley. The Silverleaf community home was designed to accommodate a large extended multi-generational family, this home provides a resort-like environment encouraging the return of adult children and their families, while maintaining a private retreat zone for the clients. Sited upon a large, relatively steep north facing hillside, the plan opens in two directions to project south light throughout the home, and provide views back to the adjacent hills. Antique-and reclaimed building materials were used throughout to establish an authentic character at a core level, including antique fireplaces, beams, flooring, doors, cobbles, stone window surrounds, and other artifacts. The stunning interiors were carried out by David Michael Miller Associates.
Many of the materials and building features of the home were selected and acquired in France, in order to create a character and aestheticism not often seen outside of the southern French countryside. The approach to the interiors globally, as well as in the selection and delineation of the interior finishes, millwork designs, etc. was to create a practical family home, and to let the interior finishes recede into a believable and simple backdrop.
The interiors are not wholly historical, but do utilize antiques to harmonize with the building itself. The color palette was created to be muted, and to resist trend. The finishes for all interior features are understated, and perfectly practical for a comfortable family retreat.