Scottsdale Historic Revival
Luxe Interiors + Design Arizona, November 2011
Change often requires giving up the old, familiar and comfortable in order for something new to take its place.
But the owners of this Scottsdale residence, who got the opportunity in 1998 to acquire an acre next to their existing lot in the Paradise Valley country club they call home, jumped at the chance to switch it up.
The couple wanted to build a new residence in the center of both lots that had the look and feel of their Coronado, California, pied-à-terre—a renovated Mediterranean-style carriage house.
“We wanted it to look like it had originally been a much smaller house that was slowly added onto over the decades,” says the wife.
To get a better sense of the vibe the homeowners were after, architect Don
Ziebell flew out to California to look at the house and, in particular, a loggia the couple had added to the structure. Along with Ziebell, the couple assembled a supporting team that included interior designer Karen Rapp, builder Jerry Meek and design consultant Jim Smith of Serving the Nation.
Together, they tackled the challenge of making this new home appear as though its stucco walls and tiled roof had been there for centuries. To accomplish that, the couple traveled with Ziebell and Smith on a buying trip to the south of France to select authentic materials to be used in the building process, such as reclaimed roof tiles, stone fireplaces, antique terra-cotta floor tiles and ancient wood ceiling beams.
November 2011 article by Rebecca Sherman, Photography by Dominique Vorillon
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