jpegMore than 250 people attended our First Annual “Inspiration Home Tour” that showcased some of Southern Scottsdale’s original mid-century homes.

People from far and near and of all ages toured six different homes on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.  Many rode trolleys generously provided by Dunn Transportation, some drove their own vehicles and several even peddled from house to house on their bicycles. View photos from the event on our Facebook Page.

jpeg-1Now it’s time to express our appreciation to all of those who made our Home Tour such a success.

Thank you to our homeowners: Kevin and Joan Callahan, Brian and Emily Krob, Phil and Cristen Dudiak, Robert and Angie Young, Roger and Emily Miret and Tom Witt.

We also want to extend our gratitude to our great sponsors: SkySong, Dunn Transportation, Clayton Companies, Ewing Irrigation, Valley Ho, Arcadia Farms, SRP, ATOMdesign, Aline Design Studio, Berghoff Design Group, Ellisa Nago of Keller-Williams Realty, Suzanne and Tim Klapp of FastFrame, Fate Brewery, Angela Young of HomeSmart and the Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association.

The winner of the raffle drawing for a two-night stay at the Valley Ho Hotel was McCormick Ranch resident Alexandra Duemer.

Did you miss the tour or want to re-live it? Watch our recap video of the day!


Meet Brian and Emily Krob

IMG_9098wNo home tour of mid-century houses in Southern Scottsdale would be complete without including a home located in the Hy-View neighborhood near Papago Park. And there is no better representative of this area than the home of newlyweds Brian and Emily Krob.

Brian, an architect, and Emily, an artist, have converted their 1961 E.J. Farmer-designed house into a blend of colorful aesthetics that create a friendly atmosphere reflective of their personalities. This is a very happy home.

Brian and Emily met through an online dating service last year, and Emily recalled her first visit to Brian’s house: “When I walked in and looked around at what he had done with the house, I thought to myself, ‘I can connect with this guy.’”

And connect they did. Brian and Emily were married in late September, took a weeklong honeymoon in Mexico and are now getting their home ready for Sunday’s “Inspiration Home Tour.” Most of the preparations are being focused on the backyard, which includes a fire pit area that can accommodate a particularly large group of people.

The Krob’s home is a 1,700-square-foot ranch model. Unlike so many owners of smallish mid-century homes, Brian and Emily have not expanded the three-bedroom home’s floor plan. Although when Brian moved in, he said, “It was definitely a ‘fixer-upper.’ But it already had character.”

Technically, Brian only removed a small section of one wall between the front room and kitchen-dining area. The rest of the house is pretty much the same as when Brian purchased it five years ago. It even has the original natural-wood kitchen cabinets. Brian sandblasted the exterior to reveal the sparkling cinders of the block construction.

Brian is the co-owner of Aline Design Studio in Scottsdale and Emily teaches art at Tesseract School in Paradise Valley. They admit they have strong individual opinions, however, they usually find a way to agree on most aspects of design. They both grinned at one another and said they have learned to compromise — an important quality of any successful marriage.

Emily’s lively paintings are prominently displayed throughout the common area of the home, adding splashes of bright colors to an already colorfully furnished front room, kitchen and dining area. She has also painted a unique mini-mural on the end of the kitchen island.

Brian and Emily have collaborated on creating a cheerful environment in which to begin a marriage – and maybe some day raise a family.


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More than 250 people attended our First Annual “Inspiration Home Tour” that showcased some of Southern Scottsdale’s original mid-century homes.

People from far and near and of all ages toured six different homes on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.  Many rode trolleys generously provided by Dunn Transportation, some drove their own vehicles and several even peddled from house to house on their bicycles. View photos from the event on our Facebook Page.

Now it’s time to express our appreciation to all of those who made our Home Tour such a success.

Thank you to our homeowners: Kevin and Joan Callahan, Brian and Emily Krob, Phil and Cristen Dudiak, Robert and Angie Young, Roger and Emily Miret and Tom Witt.

We also want to extend our gratitude to our great sponsors: SkySong, Dunn Transportation, Clayton Companies, Ewing Irrigation, Valley Ho, Arcadia Farms, SRP, ATOMdesign, Aline Design Studio, Berghoff Design Group, Ellisa Nago of Keller-Williams Realty, Suzanne and Tim Klapp of FastFrame, Fate Brewery, Angela Young of HomeSmart and the Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association.

The winner of the raffle drawing for a two-night stay at the Valley Ho Hotel was McCormick Ranch resident Alexandra Duemer.

 

Did you miss the tour or want to re-live it? Watch our recap video of the day!


Meet Architect Jennifer Lamoreaux

IMG_9082wAs a working mom, Jennifer Lamoreaux’s family and profession often seem inseparable.  Raising two young girls and running her own architectural business keeps Jennifer jumping.

That was never more true than when she was commissioned to consult on remodeling a house last year in the Cox Heights neighborhood near the Hayden Road Corridor between McDowell and Thomas Roads.  Jennifer was pregnant at the time.  As an architect who has been involved in working on more than 100 homes throughout the Valley, she was carrying her second child during the duration of the remodeling project.  “At times,” she laughed, “it was a little challenging.”

The home, built in 1959, was 1,251 square-feet – which was typical square footage for the time in Southern Scottsdale.  “It was a conventional structure,” Jennifer said.  She added that like so many homes in this area, “The house was built with ‘function’ in mind and, because of its size, was limited in what it offered.”  That, in architectural parlance, means “small” by today’s standards.

Jennifer encountered what others have confronted when wanting to remodel their homes in the neighborhood. Because half her business called “(fit)designs” focuses on the structural engineering aspects of architecture, Jennifer was the perfect person to help make the house more contemporary by adding 1,000 square-feet to the footprint. A large backyard made her job easier. But only slightly.

Entering the home through the gated patio and crossing the threshold into the front room, the visitor immediately views the wet bar that runs the length of a long wall. An inlay of black, grey and white tile creates the bar’s splashboard. The eye-catching pattern continues into the modern kitchen where a beautiful black custom-designed island extends at a perpendicular angle from the cooking area.

One of the most striking features of the “L-shaped” home is a huge master bedroom that opens to a patio tucked into a lushly landscaped backyard. The home was originally built with a standard carport, which has since been enclosed and hides the one-car garage.

Jennifer’s one-woman architectural business takes her all around the Valley, including different areas of Scottsdale. While she likes taking on a variety of projects in various locations, she said she likes working in Southern Scottsdale because she wants to help make “this special area of Scottsdale even better.”

The Lamoreaux family lives in Ahwatukee. Jennifer, who graduated from ASU with a degree in architecture, is the mother of Jade, 9, and Jetta, 1, and is married to Anthony, a correctional officer for the Salt River Indian Community.

 

You can view the home Jennifer helped design and other Mid-Century Southern Scottsdale homes during the SGA “Inspiration Home Tour” this Sunday, November 9th.
For tickets and other information, visit: ScottsdaleGatewayAlliance.com/HomeTour


Meet Roger and Emily

IMG_9072wFive years ago when Roger and Emily bought their home on a cul-de-sac in the Trail West neighborhood just east of Hayden Road, their goal was to create a sanctuary for their family.  They succeeded.

Roger describes himself as the “lead screamer in a New York City- based pioneer punk band” that tours all over the world.  So when he comes home from the road to spend time with Emily and their two young children, he said he wants “peace and quiet.”  Beaming with a huge smile, he added: “This house feels like paradise.”

Wanting their own piece of paradise, it’s no wonder that the Mirets chose to purchase a house designed by the Schreiber brothers who were known for their “Polynesian Pattern” which was inspired by their travels through Hawaii during the early 1960’s.

Roger and Emily bought their home at the end of 2009.  The house, built in 1961, needed work.  The yard had gone to seed and the interior of the house was a maze of hallways snaking their way to small rooms.  “Our challenge was to bring her (the house) into the now,” Emily explained.  “She really needed a makeover.”

Basically,” Roger recalled, “we just polished up the house.”  They did, however, install a new kitchen and expanded what was originally a small hobby room attached to the back of the house and converted it into guest quarters.  Whether they are staying or just visiting, the Mirets agreed that this area is one of their guests’ favorite features of the home.

Both Roger and Emily are especially proud that they have made the restoration of their home a family affair.  Their children not only had a lot to say about what their own bedrooms looked like, their parents let them have input on other areas of the house as well.  “Our home is a complete representation of us,” Emily said.

The Miret home is located on the first street of homes that the developer of Trail West built in 1961.  In fact they were told their house was the model home for the entire neighborhood development.

Roger and Emily’s home will be easy to recognize on the home tour.  It will be the house with the pristine 1963 restored GMC pickup truck parked out front.


This is the third in a series of interviews with the homeowners participating in SGA’s First Annual “Inspiration Home Tour” of Mid-Century homes in Southern Scottsdale on Sunday, November 9th.

 

Meet Phil and Cristen

IMG_9040Leaning up against a gorgeous 11 x 5-foot island that stretches through a spacious kitchen with a high-pitched ceiling, Phil Dudiak said in an understated tone: “We wanted to make our house a home.”

Phil and his soon-to-be wife, Cristen, have done exactly that … and much more. They have created a spectacular home for their family in the Southwest Village neighborhood.

Phil and Cristen have transformed their 1,450 square-foot house that was built in the early 1960’s into a home of 2,150 square feet with a dazzling interior. The couple has added a lot of bells and whistles that must be the envy of their millennial generation. There’s the wine cabinet with a built-in light show, the two-car garage with the 3-D epoxy floor and the huge walk-in shower with multi-directional shower heads that Cristen described as “like taking a shower in a drive-thru carwash.”

The three-bedroom house features two master bedrooms. Tucked in between the two big bedrooms is a small closet in which the home’s “central nervous system” is stored, including audio, video, lighting and security systems. Sweeping his hand over all the electronics, Phil held up his iPhone and proudly said, “I can control everything here with my phone.”

Notwithstanding all the contemporary features of Phil and Cristen’s home, they enjoy explaining their down-to-earth reasons for having moved to this neighborhood just west of the Valley Ho.

“We wanted the urban lifestyle,” Cristen said. “We wanted to be able to walk places and socialize with people.” Phil quickly added that they also wanted their 3-year-old son, Jaxson, to grow up in “a real neighborhood.” He continued, “This house is really for Jaxson.”

Phil and Cristen started work on their home in February while living in a rental house. They moved into their freshly remodeled home in August. What they have accomplished in just a little more than six months is amazing. But they’re not done yet. They’re still working to complete the fireplace in their front room as well as a front patio area that will include a fiery water feature.

Like so many houses that will be on the “Inspiration Home Tour,” Phil and Cristen’s home has an “open floor plan,” which allows their 130-pound female Great Dane, “Memphis,” to move about freely.

Phil describes himself as an “entrepreneur.” However, by trade he is a designer who owns his own construction company. He has just bought another house in Southwest Village and has his eye on one in a nearby neighborhood. Cristen is a hair stylist working on her real estate license that she expects to have soon.

Phil and Cristen represent the new younger demographic that’s moving into their Southwest Village neighborhood — the trend that’s taking place throughout Southern Scottsdale.


Meet Kevin and Joan Callahan

IMG_8974wKevin and Joan Callahan’s home is nestled neatly into a cul-de-sac in the Town and Country Scottsdale neighborhood.  It’s one of the 62 original Ralph Haver designed homes in the area built in 1958.

The Callahan’s home is a classic that captures the minimalism of the era that focused on “functionality.”

Most Haver Homes in Southern Scottsdale were originally built to be about 1,200 to 1,600 square feet.  Before Kevin and Joan moved into their home, it was owned by a French architect who tastefully expanded the floor plan.  Because it sits on about one-third of an acre, the Callahans were also able to increase the home’s footprint.

“Before we did anything to the house,” Kevin explained, “We asked ourselves: What Would Ralph Haver Do Today?”  Kevin is an acoustic architect who creates buildings to accommodate large audiences and Joan has a strong sense of aesthetics — so the integrity of the Haver design remains intact for what is now the Callahan’s 2,300-square-foot home.

Kevin and Joan moved from the gated community of Ventana Foothills in North Scottsdale to Town and Country Scottsdale in 2013 because, as Joan recalled, “We wanted more of a feeling of ‘neighborhood.’  Every Thursday we have a neighborhood Happy Hour,” she added. “There’s always something going on around here.”

The Callahans couldn’t be happier with their decision to relocate to Southern Scottsdale and their choice of neighborhoods.  “Initially, Joan liked the house more than I did when we saw it on MLS. But when we saw it in person, I was sold,” Kevin said.

IMG_9005wAs a practicing architect specializing in designing public spaces with quality acoustics, terms like “historical adaptability” flow from Kevin with ease.  His appreciation of Ralph Haver’s vision is only matched by his enthusiasm for the environment that he and Joan have created for themselves.

Like so many owners of mid-century homes, Kevin and Joan have extended what was originally a relatively small front room by today’s standards into their dining and kitchen areas, so there’s a flow to their floor plan.  The home has three bedrooms, and the master bedroom is surprisingly large for a Haver House. They also have an original one-car carport, standard with most Havers, and a hidden one-car garage adjacent to the carport that blends in discretely. For his architectural work, Kevin has added a spacious studio with a butterfly roof.  The studio also has a set of large windows that provide a view through their large backyard of Camelback Mountain.

Kevin and Joan Callahan are the proud owners of a one-of-a-kind painstakingly remodeled Haver Home.  Now Kevin and Joan don’t just live in a “neighborhood” — they live in the Town and Country Scottsdale neighborhood, one of Southern Scottsdale’s finest.

In 2005 Town and Country Scottsdale was designated as a historic neighborhood by the City of Scottsdale and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.


Meet Angie and Robert Young

Angie and Robert Young are able to live just about anywhere they want in Scottsdale. They lived in North Scottsdale in a 3,600-square-foot home. Next they moved south to a 2,000-square-foot house in the Scottsdale Country Club area near Shea Boulevard and Hayden Road.

Today, Angie and Robert, both 60-something, live in the Southwest Village neighborhood just south of Indian School Road – and they say their circa 1955 home is everything they ever wanted.

“We both wanted to live the urban lifestyle,” Angie said. “We wanted to be able to walk places. But Robert didn’t want to live in a condo. He wanted a house where he could have an organic garden. And I wanted grass,” she added with a big smile.

All their wishes came true. Angie, a top real estate agent with Home Smart, and Robert, a retired America West pilot, moved into their 1,250-square-foot home a little more than seven years ago.

Angie said it hardly took any time to adjust to living in a smaller house than she and her husband of 37 years were accustomed. “It’s small, but we think of it as ‘compact,’” she explained. “It’s all the space we really need.”

Conceptually, the design of the Young’s home is the epitome of bringing the “outside inside” to give a sense of more space than what actually exists under the home’s roof. From the front room, which is a contiguous space that includes both the kitchen and dining area, a visitor can see the plush backyard and also the beautifully designed walled front patio with glass block and brushed metal accents. The patio encases the entire front of the house and has a soothing custom water feature – creating a perfect place for entertaining friends during nice weather.

What makes the three-bedroom home even more intriguing and special is that Angie and Robert created the redesign plans themselves right down to the tongue and groove clear pine on the vaulted ceiling to the four sliding glass doors, one of which is their front door.

All it takes is one visit to Angie and Robert’s house to appreciate the love and caring that has gone into making their home an inspiration to others and a source of pride and personal happiness for them having chosen their urban lifestyle.

The Young’s home is just one of many unique homes in the Southwest Village neighborhood between Indian School and Osborn Roads along 68th Street. The homes were built from 1954 through 1963, with an average original square footage of 1,400 feet.