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Simply put, we are an artistic, design-build collabortive. We bridge imagination with possibilty and seek to build architecturally fun projects. The origins of our influence arrive from minimalist form and mid-century design.
We hold residential and commerical licensure, specialize in transformative renovation and enjoy the challenges of retrofitting Historical properties, with a special emphasis on Arizona's mid-century modern communities.
Our approach is sensitive when required, bold when allowed, brave when necessary and always well crafted.
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Our version of Scandinavian minimalism meets Windsor Square in the heart North Central Phoenix. Voted best neighborhood in 2016, this home is surrounded by walkable amenities. A spec home build for us, 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.
Look for more offerings of this type as we shift our
business model to include redevelopment in 2018.
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. The end result offers 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.
We would love to renovate another Beadle soon...hint, hint!
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.
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
This careful renovation project sought to reveal the wonderful architectural qualities that were burried underneath decades of neglect. Once an eyesore, this derrilect, abandoned house has become a true Phoenecian jewel. Nestled amongst old growth greenery of North Central, the long-time neighborhood residents give this block an old fashioned, welcome home feel. Highlights of this home include multi-sliding glass doors, sandblasted Phoenix brick and aged cedar, awning casements, and voluminous loft ceilings throughout.
This project was featured on the 2013 Modern Phoenix Home Tour by modenphoenix.net.
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
Horizontal fencing with a louvered top design backdrops the travertine Roman style pool.
This type of elevated pool design was chosen to accommodate the wrap around deck, which provides panoramic views of the beloved Camelback Mountain.
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
A classic ranch renovation. The core focus of this remodel was to improve the flow of the floor plan, create a modern master suite with an atrium jacuzzi bath and private patio courtyard and increase the amount of natural lighting throughout. Contemporary and minimalist influences mingle in a traditional ranch setting.
photos by Joel Contreras
For this backyard makeover we had to remove all existing elements, trees, fencing, etc, and start from scratch. We chose to design a Roman style pool, that is half in ground and half above ground, to accommodate a wrap around deck for capturing the best view of the surrounding mountains. We also reversed the negative edge to face the patio and living room, providing a bonus water feature for the space. New horizontal, louvered fencing was installed along with steel edge planters and complimentary Xeriscape. This pool also features swim up bar seating to a granite slab countertop. An elongated second step provides lounge seating along the deck edge. With bold LED lighting and an exterior wrapped in matte travertine, the pool "pops" against the natural setting.
Indian School Roof Deck
The Exectutive Towers by Al Beadle, Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain can be seen from this mid-town roof deck. We floated tapered joists over the finished roofing to install a gray composite wood deck and then wrapped the whole package in beautiful steel trim. Perforated sheet steel provides shade via a Southern canopy as well as safety around the deck permiter. We engineered the stairs and deisgned every feature to the clients taste. We also poured the concrete forms seen in these photos. This roof deck even has electronically switched HVAC vents!
Phoenix has been experiencing an uprising of locally owened, one of a kind eateries and boutiques and this space is actually...both! Camelback Flowershop took a chance moving into the old corner office of this former bank to open a satelite store for artisan gifts and unique floral creations inside of the new Chestnut restaurant. We were asked to create an organic-modern display for their merchandise as well as their point of sale / workspace - all in a tiny 12x12 shop. We sourced utility grade butcher block from Colorado and worked around the clock to meet their grand opening with our impressive 9' tall, four tier corner display. Heavy-duty commerical piping and hardware pairs perfectly with their delicate offerings.
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
Crown Plaza Hotel
We were excited to take part in the 2013-2014 renovation of the Crown Plaza Phoenix Ariport Hotel. While our role was limited to the barnwood siding, we're still quite proud ourselves! We started by working closely with their design to source the Tobacco Gray barnwood from our good friends over at Porter Barnwood in downtown Phoenix. We hand selected and milled each run of wood so the sizing would be continuous around the entire entry and columns. Working around their busy conference schedule was challenging and we had to gear up with additional trailers and safety equpiment to handle the task. The hotel was pleased and chose to rework the design objectives to carry this look indoors in a few key areas as well.
we were pleased to see this amazing home that we helped restore recently selected as "photo of the week" on dwell.com.
we worked closely the ranch mine to preserve and enhance the original architecture and finishes of this sweeping 80's
modern home in the Yapple Park neighborhood.
our efforts included interior and exterior redwood restoration, concrete flooring, custom cabinetry and refinishing, steel stairs,
i-beams, and gates, landscaping and hardscaping, pool refininshing and reshaping and much, much more.
you can view more photos at www.theranchmine.com
our most recent build has been featured on dwell.com. and while we never get mentioned in these write ups, our
blood, sweat and tears along with countless hours of design play a huge role in pulling together such conceptual projects.
so we are honking our own horn on this one....i'm proud of our team!
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