Now and Zen
Paradise Valley, Arizona
Architect/Designer | Drewett Works
Builder | Brimley Development
Interior Designer | Ownby Design
Photographer | Dino Tonn Photography
Now and Zen afforded a second life to a stucco McMansion as it was transformed into a modernist zen-like retreat. The zen-like retreat is firmly founded in a timeless, refined palette of natural materials including limestone walls and floors, Douglas fir ceilings, vertical grain rift oak millwork, and a careful selection of complementing tile and countertops. A re-imagining of formal and informal spaces, the design breaks down the rigidity of perceived formal rooms with a sequence of overlapping spaces.
Linear in design, the kitchen sits between the living and great rooms, reinforcing the home’s open design. Ideal for casual entertaining, the space includes two quartz-topped islands. Douglas fir ceilings are a warm contrast to limestone walls and floors.
Views of Camelback Mountain turn the kitchen and adjacent patio into favorite nesting spots. Glass pocket walls open and make the line between inside and out almost imperceptible. A custom table is illuminated by double pendants.
A corridor acts as the kitchen superhighway with built-in appliances to the left and cooking areas to the right. Hidden inside the furniture-like millwork of the kitchen, a hidden butler’s pantry is actually in the middle of all the action. Fully stocked with dishwasher and other appliances, every party preparation can be done out of sight.