A Southwest Jewel

UDA home, Shade Villa, has been featured in Western Art & Architecture magazine’s article, A Southwest Jewel!
With the help of Ashley P Designs and R-Net Custom Homes, we were able to bring this remodel to life. We would like to encourage everyone to read the article and find out more about this unique project! 

About the Project

A couple from the east coast visited Arizona for years, in hopes of buying a home. Instead of finding the perfect home, they found the perfect lot.  It was off the golf course, with amazing mountain and city light views.  The problem was, on the lot was a 1980’s patio home.

This existing residence was an outdated, Santa Fe style home. It was very non-descript with boxy, closed-off rooms. The solution was to rearrange the existing spaces to create a flowing floor plan, and add a small addition to the rear patio.  All the walls were stripped to the studs, and the sunken living room was brought-up to the rest of the structure. The kitchen was pushed to the rear of the house, so it could open to the re-imagined great room and back patio. It was important the indoor/outdoor living spaces flowed organically. The dining room was turned into an office and a guest bedroom suite was added.

The back patios and swimming pool mostly stayed intact, while a fire pit and outdoor kitchen expanded the outdoor living spaces. We were even able to add a small cigar patio with beautiful views. In the front of the home, is an elegant entry courtyard. It features a “secret garden” gate, trellis, and sculpture garden.

Sizing all spaces for intimate entertaining and everyday living allowed us to fit everything on the small site.  This is a perfect example of “Jewel Box Architecture;” it might be small, but the special shines through every detail.


Growing up on the East Coast, Marion and Bob Auray were used to traditional architecture, the kind that depends on right angles and clean, classic lines. So when Marion walked into a home at an open house in Scottsdale, Arizona, that was designed by architect Lee Hutchison of Urban Design Associates, she was floored by a style that was unlike any she’d seen before. “I said, ‘What is this, and where can I get one?'” she recalls. “It was not big or showy, but it was finely detailed, with curved walls and organic materials. That day, my mind was blown, and my heart was set on building a house with Lee.”