Settled into an upper Sonoran site in North Scottsdale’s Whisper Rock Estates development, the Anderson residence embraces a design influenced by the Craftsman movement of the early 1900s

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Modern architecture influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Period. The compact 2,500 square foot home was erected on pristine undisturbed natural desert. This mature and lush desert landscape offers privacy and screening for this glass dominant and adobe structure.

Homeowners Ron Finkel, real estate investor, and Linda Blumel, artist, have carefully implemented unique furnishings, accessories and artwork that integrate well with the architectural theme.

The re-vegetated landscape area incorporates contemporary garden sculpture and some non-indigenous plants which create added drama. This home features concrete floors, wood ceilings and adobe. This provides a very warm outcome for this contemporary structure.

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The project is an adaptive reuse of a late 50’s Spanish ranch within the early Paradise Valley subdivision, Casa Blanca Estates. The homeowners desired a “Santa Barbara Style” which would work with the original Spanish eclectic character as much as possible.

Rather than the large volumes created by high ceilings, the clients wanted the design to embrace the charm and human scale of the early 1900’s Spanish homes. They also desired to create a front yard conducive to mingling with neighbors who strolled the lush Casa Blanca neighborhood, one uniue for Paradise Valley.

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Sturr Residence Archway

The Sturr Residence is a load-bearing, sun-dried earthen adobe structure in the Scottsdale-Arcadia neighborhood. This residence was featured in Phoenix Home & Gardens’ Masters of the Southwest 2010 Edition, and was described as understated, sophisticated desert living.

The main room features exposed load-bearing beams and corbels which form the structure.  This house is settled into it’s site with foundation plantings consisting of various succulents, such as totem pole, twisted Cereus, night-blooming Cereus, agave’s, and other accent plantings.

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