The genesis of design for this desert retreat was the informal dining area in which the clients, along with family and friends, would gather.

AsSeenInPHGiconLocated in north Scottsdale’s prestigious Silverleaf, this ranch hacienda offers 6,500 square feet of gracious hospitality for the family and friends of Bob and Christie Austin. Focused around the informal dining area, the home’s living spaces, both indoor and outdoor, offer warmth of materials and proximity for expansion of the casual dining space that the Austins envisioned for hosting gatherings to include their two grown children, parents, and many friends. The kitchen, adjacent to the informal dining, serves as the functioning heart of the home and is open to the great room, informal dining room, and office, and is mere steps away from the outdoor patio lounge and poolside guest casita. Additionally, the main house master suite enjoys spectacular vistas of the adjacent McDowell mountains and distant Phoenix city lights.

The clients, who desired ample guest quarters for their visiting adult children, decided on a detached guest casita featuring two bedroom suites, a living area, and a small kitchen. The guest casita’s spectacular bedroom mountain views are surpassed only by the living area views of distant mountains seen beyond the spectacular pool and outdoor living spaces.

Project Details | Desert Retreat, Silverleaf – Scottsdale, AZ
Architect: C.P. Drewett, AIA, NCARB, Drewett Works, Scottsdale, AZ
Builder: Sonora West Development, Scottsdale, AZ
Photographer: Dino Tonn
Publications: Phoenix Home and Garden, May 2015, “Sporting Style: Golf Enthusiast Christie Austin Earns Top Scores on the Home Front”