Hacienda del Carnero
La Quinta, California
Architect/Designer | Danielian Associates Architects + Planners
Builder | Sun Vista Development
Interior Designer | Kristen Smokowski
Photographer | Darlene Halaby Photography
Simple elegance, pure elements of design, and an elevated everyday living experience were the goals for this residence. The design layout, elevations, and massing were inspired by classic Wallace Neff buildings and historic Spanish haciendas. The architecture was thoughtfully designed to complement the owner’s large collection of art throughout the home; each gallery area was enhanced with gallery lighting fixtures and natural lighting.
The home features multiple courtyards with varying layers of privacy and unexpected interest in the construction details. To contrast the Old World feel of traditional massing elements, this home uses large modern steel windows and a contemporary European kitchen and cabinetry throughout. The focal point of the home is the central courtyard featuring a bright blue zero-edge pool and drought-resistant landscaping, creating a private oasis atmosphere in the desert environment. This residence was designed to be the perfect entertaining space for large parties, while also having a cozy “old soul” feel when it’s just the owners. The home’s orientation captures and frames the surrounding views of the golf course and richly colored local mountains.