Design-Inspired custom building and renovation. Drawing influence from minimalist and mid century form, we can assist with all facets of design and implementation.
We hold residential and commerical licensure, specialize in transformative renovation and enjoy the challenges of retrofitting Historical and architectural properties.
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Our version of Scandinavian minimalism meets Windsor Square in the heart of North Central Phoenix. Voted best neighborhood in 2016, this home is surrounded by walkable amenities. A spec home build, we gambled on a fresh look and weren't disappointed. Monolithic white oak combinations pair with brushed brass and Kalta marble throughout. Part historic retrofit and part modern redesign we wanted this space to feel completely united, using salvaged matching doors and respecting room and window scale the end result shines with a sophisticated simplicity that is at once unique, yet in total harmony with the surrounding homes.
This controversial build pushed the limits of what is possible for infill projects while perserving the historical integrity of the original architecture. Foundry 12 doubled the structure size with a distinctly unmatched, yet dovetailed, addition. A heavily textured interior that feels both historic and supremely modern at once. Features include restored double hung windows, handmade steel doors and windows, wrapped standing seam metal, and hundreds of hours of custom, craftsman touches that elevate this build in everyway.
photos by Jason Roehner
Al Beadle Case Study
Paying hommage to the great and late Alfred Newman Beadle we thought we'd learn up on the concept of Case Study architecture and apply a resonating philosophy to this renovation. We kept the materials simple and inexpensive, using birch plywood cabinetry and doors, restoring the brown concrete flooring, rebuilt the addition to feature a similar window layout as the original front, and even ripped our own lumber to match the older nominal sizes for the framework. We intentionally infused a lighter, more yester-year mood to the exterior color palette with bright white, yellow and coral!
Featured on the 2017 Modern Phoenix Home Tour.
This was a burned out, flooded garage located on the edge of the booming arts and Historic district...Roosevelt Row. The owner sought our services to convert this space to livable and essentially gave us free rein to create something artful. The direction for the build unfolded immediately after we noticed the large section of unused backyard with a tangled Mesquite directly behind the structure and knew at once that we would blow out the back wall for moving glass to capture an indoor/outdoor experience. We also featured a single glass garage bay to keep the property aligned with Historic Preservation goals, infused a Nordic element with abundant maple wood and constructed a loft space over the central kitchen area for sleepovers. This 800sqft garage lives nicely now as a one bedroom architectural get-away for those seeking a recharge downtown. Check it out: https://abnb.me/A3WCk1Vuj3
Bennie Gonzalez Update
In January 2017 we were offered an opportunity to pair with MORstudio to provide sensitive updates to a Bennie Gonzalez home located in Carefree. This home is an early example of what would become his brand of desert minimalism. Dramatic arches with carefully scribed glass sweep clear down to the brick floors, dissolving the barrier between desert and dwelling. We sourced a few scrap pallets of b-stock adobe block to add a companion garage to match, taking over the existing garage for this expanding family. We removed the old spiral stairs to the addition and created a new stairwell with 20' ceilings and a glass partition to the en suite. Care was taken to rebuild the redwood and mahogany woodwork and bricks were salvaged from an exterior patio to lace the floor in renovated spaces. A central glass breezeway connects each of the rooms which now resolves to a floating daybed and custom steel window providing seamless views and a sweet story-time nook! MORstudio did a nice job exercising architectural restraint and the results dovetail history and luxury with finesse.
This Ralph Haver home in Marlen Grove had previously undergone extensive renovation work that still looked as good as the day it was done...so when this family decided to complete the courtyard and rework the kitchen and laundry, it really sent the home into overdrive! We completely removed the original back wall and installed a steel beam that was wrapped in wood to match the exposed beams, carefully sliced out tile to replace underground plumbing, created custom solid wood cabinetry wraps, panels and shelving and reworked the old cabinetry into a nice new laundry room that would be fitting in a home twice the size. The courtyard received steel frame benches clad with eco-friendly Resysta wood, textured wall panels, matching block planters, a sleek BBQ island and bar. The multi-slide glass wall disappears and nearly doubles the size of the home as guests flow effortlessly between spaces.
A deeply conceptual build surrounded in meticulous details. We worked, fought, compromised and prevailed on this historic-modern, dual-dwelling in the FQ Story district., walking distance to the thriving art scene on Roosevelt Row and Grand Ave. We called out the craftsmen to pull off the heavily customized interior finishes from the corian plank platform shower to the massive steel pop-out entry. Restored sand brick meets with a jet black standing seam roof, plywood walls and ceilings, herringbone subway tile, and an original kitchen reworked...the tension between the two opposing structures is delightful.
photos by Joel Contreras
Alfred Anderson Revival
Situated on Flower Circle in the North Encanto neighborhood, this 1948 Alfred Anderson was the lucky recipient of a full and extensive restoration. We took cues from the Santa Barbara style homes in the area and then added just a few complimentary details like tiled window ledges, steel doors, rust wall fencing, and clean concrete to give this place a voice. All of the original doors, casement windows and interior brick walls were restored. A complete package of custom rift oak cabinetry in black and subtle Ardex flooring throughout unite the two structures. Heavy pattern encaustic tile, high end fixtures and super slim profile concrete sinks define the bathrooms. Every system and finish was upgraded to provide modern convenience in an historic setting.
Located in the heart of the Willo Histroic District in downtown Phoenix, this MCM home is purported to be a Blaine Drake. Features include restored black concrete flooring, exposed interior block, clerestory windows and wide open floor plan. Dubbed as "Palm Springs Modern", the all white theme is both edgy and calming.
photos by Joel Contreras
Recently featured on the modern design website plastolux, this 1800sqft condo in the hot-spot neighborhood of Medlock Place is the visual creation of design duo Contramark. We are proud to have artfully performed the heavily textured and highly custom elements found throughout this space. Some highlight features include our one of a kind drywall pivot door, custom blended grey wash stain over room length plank board floors and walls, vintage replica "broom finish" treatent to the walls, hand made copper faucets and water-jet handles, and we even installed a fur wall in this one! At every step of this build our client and designer, Joel, would introduce new or refined objectives and sometimes, unheard of challenges. And at every obstacle we said...yes. To be inspired to push the agenda during construction can be frustrating, but is often the necessary path to acheive something truely special.
photos by Joel Contreras
Papago Ranch Exterior
This ranch home mingles with modernism in South Scottsdale's Hy-View neighborhood. With plenty of other homes in the area pursuing their mid-century roots, we decided to blur boundaries with an edgier minimalist aesthietic on this exterior make-over. We kept to a modest budget, using raw Earth elements to divide the space and bring an orderly flow. A monochromatic paint scheme helps blend the white roof while the black window lines wrap through the entry, unifying the focal point. Giant lava boulders echo the nearby Papago mountains.
We provided similar updates to the backyard with a new sod lawn, floating firepit and walking paths.
photos by Joel Contreras
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