We are proud to announce that we received an EXCELLENCE IN MASONRY ARCHITECTURAL AWARD from the Arizona Masonry Guild! A great big thank you to R-Net Custom Homes and Old Mission Masonry for being part of our team, and for helping us bring this design to life.
The uniqueness of the building side was the greatest opportunity for this project. There were amazing desert mountain views, and a large wash cutting through the middle of the site. The solution was to split the house. The garages and guest house were connected by a bridge over the wash to the main house. To see the mountain view to the rear, the home was dug into the hill at the front and elevated at the rear to keep the finished floor higher. The home was anchored to the site with natural adobe masonry walls and columns growing from the topography.
Using exposed and plastered adobe masonry was a joint decision between the architect and the owner. Traditional adobe block kept with the southwest style of the home and evoked the warmth of the desert environment. Native materials were used in harmony with CMU construction. They were naturally the same color and texture as the surrounding site. The connection between indoor and outdoor living was made by carrying the exposed adobe walls through the house.
This home went through the “green” building permit submittal process. The adobe used was a zero waste, fully recyclable, local material. It has a low embodied energy to produce and has a long life cycle as it is rot, termite, and fire resistant. Solar panels covered all flat roof areas, hidden with parapet walls.
The heart of this home comes from the warmth and authentic use of masonry adobe giving it a character no other material could have created.