Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Desert Home Designs
Southwest, Tuscan and Mediterranean Architecture

The designers at Fine Home Design offer original custom homes, second homes, vacation homes for clients with New Mexico, Arizona, and California properties.  All our designs include the appropriate technical aspects for the southwest environment whether it be in desert, foothill, or mountain setting.  Complete construction plans specify all the external and internal, architectural and mechanical details.   Experienced with sustainable green materials and products, we provide design and planning for additions and restoration of older homes, or extensive renovation and restyling of out of date homes.  Unlike many architects and home designers, our plans include complete Interior architecural design and construction details.   We are experienced in creating a unique new house plan especially for each client in a style that may be influenced by Mediterranean, Tuscan, Spanish Colonial, traditional Pueblo Revival, French Country, Sante Fe style or other hybrid southwest designs. 


Contemporary Tuscan Style Home

A Contemporary Tuscan Styled Home - Click to Zoom

This 4,500 sq ft home is designed to accommodate a family of 4 or 5 with 3 private bed-bath suites in the Children's Wing, with the laundry close by. The Master Suite has a large sitting area with a fireplace and access to a veranda. There is a family room-kitchen, a living room, den, dining room, outdoor dining room, and an exceptional central room with eliptical  plan and semi-eliptical vaulted ceiling. This room is entered directly from the foyer with  powder room and closets set to each side. This room is wonderful for cocktail parties and dancing, or just greeting your guests in style.  After parking in the integrated 3 car garage the homeowners may enter through this space or more directly to the kitchen area. The living room and family rooms also open onto a large veranda. With this same front elevation, there is also a smaller floor plan of 3,500 sq ft available. 


A New Tuscan Villa

This newest design is a Tuscan Villa style architecture, somewhat in the form of the famous Andrea Palladio's 16th Century villas of the Vineto region of Tuscany. This unique home design includes a large master suite with a library, spacious living and dining areas, kitchen and family great room, a walk-in pantry, two bedrooms with walk in closets and individual baths, a dynamic guest entry foyer, powder room, pool bath, and even a pet bathroom, all on one floor.  the second floor contains a guest suite and/or media room which opens onto a patio deck above the entry loggia.  An expansive veranda spans the rear of the house, with outdoor kitchen and living areas overlooking your pool and gardens. The garage has room for two large vehicles, lots of storage, and a transition (mud) room before entering the kitchen/family room area. There is also a storage garage for bikes, mower, and such. In this form it is comprised of 5,000 sq ft of livable interior space. This home design plan is flexible to be built with anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 sq ft. livable, above grade, with options for additional subterranean areas such as wine cellars, theater, gym, etc.


Mediterranean Architectural Influences

A large, cutting edge contemporary home design is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, in the center of the Pheonix- Scottsdale metro area.   This house includes 6,000 sq ft with the Dining Room to the right of the Entry Portico and the Den to the left.  The Den has its own full Bathroom.  Across the hall is the large Master Suite.  The Front Entry leads from the Foyer into the central Living Room and through that into the shady Verandah and swimming pool.  A waterfall cascades from the hot tub, set higher than the pool.  Across the hall from the Dining Room is the large Gormet Kitchen open to the Great Room.  Off the Great Room is a Game Room and off that are three Bedroom Suites and the Laundry.  The three car garage enters from the end of the house and is convenient to the Kitchen and Pantry.   

A large unique Mediterranean Home Design with a hint of Middle Eastern Architecture

Shown here are computer renderings of a large Mediterranean home design with a hint of Moorish architecture. This is a truly spectacular home design, with ample space for the family, as well as lots of great entertaining spaces for social gatherings. Three large children's suites are arrayed around the large Family Room which has two special alcoves for creative activities and is open to the wonderful Gourmet Kitchen. The adjacent Butler's Pantry is large enough for catering use; the Dining Room, ample for 16 adults; the large circular Great Room with a sit-down bar and glass doors that slide into the walls to open 16' wide , flowing onto the sweeping Veranda, which has a full Outdoor Kitchen.  An open stair sweeps up along the curving wall and provides a grand entry to the wonderful open dome ceiling'd room above. This 32' diameter- 16' high large circular Play Room - Ballroom is truly a unique home space. Also, there are the large Office, Den/Game Room with fireplace, large screen t.v, & pool table; and the huge Master Suite with Sitting room.  Also on this floor are mens' and women's rest rooms.  From the Den/Game room, an elevator takes you down to Wine Tasting Room, Wine Cellar, Theater and Gym.  The main floor contains about 6,500 feet.  The entire home contains up to 11,000 square feet.   Add to this the generous Veranda and oversized 3 car garage.  Guest houses may be located nearby.

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Mediterranean and Moorish Architecture influence this Unique Home Design - Click to Zoom

Rear view of Contemporary Mediterranean Style Home- Click to Zoom


Mediterranean / French Country Contemporary Style Home

This French Country home would be suitable for a Southwestern location, so we show it here as well as on the French Country page.

The French influence in the residential architecture of the United States began in the late 19th Century. Home designs with Mansard roofs were popular early, later came the French Eclectic style with very steep hip roofs. The steeply pitched roof is the main consistent feature of the  popular French Country style as usually interpreted in the United States.  In rural France there are also regions where the roof slopes are much less steep, as in Mediterranean style homes.  We chose to go back to this true country look for this design.  

This design was modeled after an old country chateau near Toulouse in southwestern France.  Pictured here is the original new home design.  It is specially suited for a couple whose children are grown and who love to entertain.  A circular portico wraps around the front entry tower.   Guests enter into a large open great room with lofty ceiling.  To one side is a large open kitchen designed for guests to gather in.  A circular island at its center contains the double cooktops.   Counters wrap around the curved walls and lead into the storage and preparation section of the kitchen.  This area is accessed directly from the garage and wine cellar below via an open lift for great  convenience.  The circular dining room connects to the outer part of the kitchen as well as the great room.  The sweeping veranda wraps around the rear beyond the dining tower. In the tallest tower is a large open circular stair hall with open stairways wraping around. One flight up  is the library and one flight down is a lounge and bar. Also on the lower level are a large gym with pool and steam room, a large theater, and stone walled wine tasting room.  


Southwestern Style

Residential Architecture - located in N. Scottsdale Arizona

This unique home style is derived from a blending of the very organic Pueblo Revival style and the Spanish Colonial Revial style otherwise known as the Spanish Eclectic style which was wildly popular especially in Southern California in the first half of the 20th Century.  The home includes a large home office for the custom home builder who it was designed for.  The open floor plan includes the unified great room-dining room-kitchen, a large master suite, and a set of three other bedroom suites.

Blend of Hacienda Ranch House Design and Pueblo Revival Style - Click to Zoom



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