Desert Sanctuary
October 22, 2018
Perspectives on Design
October 22, 2018

Entertaining the Idea

In many parts of Europe, homes remain in the same family for generations – growing with the family as needs change.

This custom home by Intrepid Development reflects that notion. In a design that is reminiscent of both Tuscan and Mission-style architecture, the house appears as an extended, single-story home.

The owners, Kenny and Ginger Kuykendall say differing roof elevations break up the uniformity and help impart the sense of a traditional villa that has been added onto over the years.

The extensive use of stone veneer, particularly the archways and the courtyard entrance with its wrought-iron inserts, reinforces this theme.

As the owners like to entertain, the interior features free-flowing, open-plan spaces, which can be fully opened to the outdoors. Large, 28ft-wide, glass pocket doors open to a patio that resembles a traditional loggia. Mist spray curtains help keep the interior cool in summer.

Other special features include the kitchen, which has a large island made in England from refurbished wood and a old butcher’s block.