Scottsdale, AZ – A 5-unit townhouse and pool constructed on a formerly-vacant lot, each with a 2-car garage and private terrace.
The front doors, patios and balconies all overlook the community pool and barbecue area, planned as a way to invite interaction among residents. The two sides of the project with public sidewalks are lined with inviting landscaping and trees to provide ample shade for pedestrians.
The project includes varying parapet heights and vertical columns in a contrasting color in order to define the separation of each unit and control the visual impact of the building’s height and size. The coarse texture of the stucco, natural paint colors, varying parapet heights and native landscaping species were all carefully chosen to mirror the beauty of the mountains that encircle the valley. Large windows preserve the views of Camelback Mountain and Papago Park, and deep first-floor patios and second-floor balconies extend the living space into the beautiful Arizona outdoors.
Sustainable and healthy building practices were incorporated in multiple ways, at no additional project cost. Strategies included vertical and horizontal window screens, overhangs and deeply-recessed balconies to shade the windows from South/West sun exposure; naturally-native landscaping plants that require little water; and low ceiling heights to reduce indoor cooling volume.
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