When a Phoenix couple wanted a retreat from city life, they asked architecture firm The Ranch Mine to design a sustainable, minimalist home on a 1.7-acre horse property in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
The result: A solar-powered, low-lying home that rises just 12.5 feet above the landscape, surrounded by Sonoran desert plants. The house spans 4,090 square feet and was designed in an O-shape with a courtyard centerpiece.
“One of the first things we did was to look at ways to live in the desert that have been happening for thousands of years and even just a few hundred years here in the desert Southwest, and that was to create a courtyard-style home,” explains Cavin Costello, principal architect of The Ranch Mine. “By creating a courtyard, you create a mini micro-climate inside the house.”