Discovering the Diamond in the Rough
Located in Tucson, the gorgeous views from this 1970’s Arizona home was one of its best assets and deserved a patio that was equally as stunning. Facing the green of a golf course that has a backdrop of city lights at night, the existing 24’x48’ flagstone patio had been patched and was in poor condition and needed to be completely overhauled.
Although they had a mere 1,000 square feet to work with, the homeowners dreamed of creating an outdoor retreat that boasted a spool (spa/pool), fire-pit, outdoor kitchen, dining area, sitting area, sunning area and nap bench. However, they wanted to do so while maintaining their views of the golf course since they really enjoyed being able to sit on the patio and watch the golfers. In an effort to also keep the Arizona heat at bay, the homeowners wanted to figure out a way to keep their large Acacia tree that provided a great deal of shade to the space. Keeping all of these design aims in mind, a complete overhaul of the space was the only way to make it happen.
The design process was akin to putting the pieces of a 1000-piece puzzle together – on a tiny tray-table! Thankfully, the walls of the spool also served to define the adjoining out-door rooms in turn simplifying the whole process. One great thing about their newly-designed patio is that each space functions independently but can be enjoyed simultaneously with low walls and divisions. For color inspiration, the homeowner provided multi-colored outdoor fabric, which we carefully intertwined to make this space a visual feast. Since the surrounding desert landscape can be arid, this vibrant color palette was a welcome reprieve by not only adding life to the space but also a sense of coolness with the intense ice blue ceramic tile.
Prior to breaking ground on this project, the client planted numerous species of cacti to remain true to the surrounding Arizona landscape. However, with this backyard makeover acted as landscaping as well. Due to the space constraints, plant material came in multiple pottery groupings and bloomed beautiful shades of red and orange to further enhance the patio’s color palette along with two trellises dressed with evergreen vines along two walls.
The overall aesthetic of the space is a modern interpretation of traditional hacienda style. Many of the materials are traditionally used in the southwest, but in conjunction with clean lines and simple forms, this approach is a fresh twist on the expected. The finished space turned out wonderfully and offered a relaxing escape from the Arizona desert. The size of the space – and the gems contained within – create a “Desert Jewel Box”.
Eldorado Stone featured: Mountain Blend Stacked Stone
Designer: Kathryn Prideaux, Prideaux Design
Phone: (520) 360-3539
General Contractor: Royal Remodeling
Contact: Mike Williams
Pool Contractor: Cimarron Circle Construction Company
Phone: (520) 881-2777
Landscape Contractor: Arcadia Landscape
Phone: (520) 791-0889
Furniture Supplier: House ‘n Garden
Phone: (520) 888-2800
Cushion Supplier: Primadonna Linens