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Arizona desert home blurs indoor-outdoor boundaries

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A sumptuous desert home in Scottsdale, Arizona was designed by Tate Studio Architects for a couple of empty nesters wishing for a design centered around their budding hobbies. This new construction plays host to not only a part-time concert hall, but also as a gallery to showcase the couples art collection. One of the homeowners spends their spare time taking up singing, while the other has an affinity for watercolor. White walls serves as a backdrop for artwork, while the living room allows the homeowners a spacious area to host large groups to enjoy performances of opera singing and the piano. The 6,300 square foot space also offers stunning views of the rugged desert, a golf course, the city lights of downtown Phoenix and the mountainous vistas that this area is known for.

With three bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, this desert home offers a living room, dining room, kitchen, art studio, an exercise room, powder bathroom and laundry on the first level. The master bedroom suite is located on one side of the house, while the guest bedrooms are on the adjacent side for privacy. On the upstairs level you will find a cozy media room and a view deck to kick back, relax, and enjoy the famous Arizona sunsets!

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The architects positioned the desert home on the site to maximize the views of the surrounding area and to increase natural light into the interiors, while at the same time addressing privacy concerns. The garage was located at the front of the dwelling to help create a sound barrier from road noise and close off views from a nearby house that can be seen on the right in the image above.

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What We Love: There was so much thought and detail that went into every aspect of the design in this desert home, a true dream home. The structure blends in well with the landscape, and connects so seamlessly with the indoors and out, maximizing the views of its spectacular surroundings. The views from the living room and master bathroom are dreamy… but the rooftop deck steals the show… the sunsets from this perspective would be heavenly! What are your thoughts, could you find yourself living in the desert if this was your home?

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The sleek kitchen cabinetry is a custom design by Bulthaup, finished with white quartz countertops and an applewood butcher block used as a breakfast bar.

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Behind the bright green glass door on a sliding track is the art studio, featuring concrete flooring and a wall of glass to capture the northern light, which is what artists love for their work. The wall helps to lend privacy to the space, while narrow windows cut into the wall to diffuse some of the light from the skylight above. The bamboo plants from the travertine planter helps to bring some color into the space, while the light from above creates an indoor atrium.

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The stunning master bedroom suite offers views out to the golf course through floor-to-ceiling windows. All of the rooms throughout the interiors have pocket shades concealed in the ceiling. Views are important, but when the sun comes in during the extreme summer temperatures, shades will help to keep the home cool.

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On one wall of the bedroom area, a modern fireplace features a patinated steel plate surround. Sliding glass doors that opens out to the pool area, creating a seamless transition from indoors to out. The bamboo flooring is a nice environmentally friendly selection and works well in a bedroom space.

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One of our favorite features of this home is the master bathroom, with the narrow window that creates a nice symmetry in this space. It slices through the wall and travels across the ceiling, illuminating the space with light. In the evening time, one can see the city lights through the window. Floating vanities adds to the beauty of this space.

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The soaker tub is ideally positioned next to an extensive wall of windows, creating the illusion that you are bathing outside. The tub is nestled in a bed of Mexican beach pebbles.

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The stair treads are cantilevered off of a massive block of cast-in-place concrete, the only area on this level that partially blocks the expansive views out to the backyard.

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On the upper level is the media room, with a wall of glass that opens out to a rooftop deck. This is the only spot in the house that has a television, with the captivating views, there is not much use for it!

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A deep overhang on the patio helps to shade the homeowners from the sun when they are outside lounging by the pool or dining al fresco. It also helps to keep the living room shaded during the warm summer months.

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Photos: Michael Woodall

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