Crafted from natural materials that will evolve over time, this courtyard house in Phoenix embraces the subtle imperfections of handmade objects.
A family home should be an extension of family life, reflecting the homeowners’ values and creating opportunities for them to engage in activities that bring them joy. This sentiment is perfectly expressed by a new home in Phoenix, Arizona.
The clients are a family of four with a love of hands-on and creative pursuits. The husband is a surgeon, the wife is a ceramic artist, and the kids enjoy playing musical instruments, gardening, raising chickens, and making robots.
“We wanted to build on the essence of these items and make an entire home that reflected their family values,” says Cavin Costello, who co-founded architecture practice The Ranch Mine with his wife Claire. “The design uses a combination of the handmade and materials meant to patina and change over time, in an aesthetic some might consider wabi-sabi. It embraces the journey, the imperfections of handmade objects, and the transitory nature of our world.”
The initial brief was for a contemporary home with natural elements and daylighting, that would be large enough for visits from extended family. There were also some very specific requests—family history dictated that the stove must face east or south, and they wanted to incorporate Foo dogs, or Chinese guardian lions. “As we got to know more about their family and passions, the design developed to be even more specific,” says Costello.
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