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2021 Award Winners



Entire Home, Over $750,000


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 owners found an older home on a sloping site with mesmerizing views of Camelback mountain.

The architecture rests firmly on the hillside, grounded by limestone tablets while uplifted through expansive fenestrations and soaring roof planes with zinc fascia and Douglas fir tongue-and-groove. The zen-like retreat is firmly founded in a timeless, refined palette of natural materials including limestone walls and floors, hemlock 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. Family and living rooms overlap kitchen and food prep spaces, indoor living overlaps outdoor living. Upstairs, an indoor media room overlaps outdoor patio with expansive mountain views.

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