Roof House / The Ranch Maine
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5460 sq. ft
Manufacturers: BelmontAnd the Delta faucetAnd the Emerson
“Dark and cramped with low ceilings” was the homeowners’ description of their 1970s home in Paradise Valley, Arizona when they arrived at The Ranch Mine hoping to completely renovate it while adding some extra space. The architects of the remodel focused on providing a new indoor/outdoor living area with ample natural light, adding spaces that were lacking to accommodate their growing family, and reconfiguring the original home to make the most of the existing space.
The first step in the design was to run the majority of the additional spaces parallel to the existing house, connecting them with a unique connecting element containing a new mud room, powder room, and auditorium. This strategy separates the new from the old, allowing the original home to be fully reused while providing the addition with plenty of natural light and cross ventilation opportunities.
It also creates a patio in the in-between space, a time-tested way to live in the American Southwest. The addition is anchored at either end by a new guest suite and white stucco base suite with regularly spaced columns in the middle supporting a wing-like roof. The roof covers the indoor and outdoor living areas with large overhangs covering the glazing and patio during the summer. Operable windows on either side of the living space allow for cross ventilation like the breeze-inspired patio design.
Inside, the floor-to-ceiling glass in the new living room commands views of the mountains to the north, views that hadn’t been there before. Glass pocket doors can be hidden behind the plastered fireplace, creating a seamless connection to the patio. Hemlock slats begin as a backlit lantern welcoming guests to the front of the home and flow all the way up to the new addition, concealing hidden doors to the powder room and mudroom off the path, while tongue-and-groove hemlock is applied to the ceiling adding an organic touch to the interior.