BBKern DESIGNS wins an ARDA Award in Custom Homes


Project Description

This Pueblo Revival home was designed in the most difficult lot due to the size of allowable building area and a geological panorama of sandstone red rock formations that take up about half of the 7,619 square foot lot.

Before the initial concept drawings took place, pre-meetings with city zoning ordinances and city geohazard mitigation engineers took place to ensure our concept ideas would be acceptable for city approval. Photographs of the lot are included to visualize the difficult lot. The concept rendering was superimposed onto an actual photograph showing an existing townhouse to the left and the sandstone red rock formation to the right.

My client requested a conceptual design of a neighborhood popular style Pueblo Revival home on three levels, with a rooftop patio. The project scope required a Kitchen, Great Room and Dining area to be open with large windows. The property has astounding views facing a scenic city view from the main and upper levels. The building pad, limited due to the sandstone red rocks required upper level cantilevers and decks overlooking the rock formations. The upper level floor plan required a large Master Bedroom plus two complete Bedrooms. Specific aging in place considerations had to be included in the design and a residential elevator was planned along with large bedroom doors and zero steps into the home.

The odd shaped building pad required a minimum foundation footprint of 1500 square foot, with room for just a 12′ wide front exterior. Using angled walls and a dramatic open curved stair to shape the edge of the sandstone rock, a design was created that provided a total of over 3,600 square foot of living area. The home features many outside spaces with three decks and a rooftop patio all positioned to capture all of the scenic views. The rooftop features a trellis covering with outside seating and dining. In order to dramatize the small front exterior, a Pueblo style courtyard with a double southwestern entry gate and a flowing water feature were designed for the building entrance.

To keep true to the Pueblo Revival, parapets, stepped up roofs, blunt angles, and canals were all included into the exterior design. The interior includes authentic mission tile flooring, rough hewn ceiling vigas, rough hewn lintels and rounded plaster finished kiva fireplaces which were placed in the corner of the Great Room and Master Suite.

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