When one thinks about home, it evokes feelings of warmth and coziness. Although trends have been leaning toward modern and spacious in recent years, one new home in Munds Park, built by Green Mountain Construction Inc. and designed by Architectural Design Studio, combines the best of both worlds.
“He was more interested in traditional rustic mountain and she was more like farmhouse and contemporary modern mountain, so we tried to incorporate some really rustic elements like the fireplace and more modern like the white shiplap,” Aude Stang, owner and principal architect at ADS, said of the homeowners. “I think we managed to come up with something that they both can enjoy.”
The end result for the recently completed Munds Park home is roughly 2,300 square feet of comfort with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and two additional bunk bed sleeping spaces set into the wall in the upstairs loft. Every nook is used for storage, with sunken cabinets featured in the master bathroom, an open coat closet in the front hallway for guests and multiple sliding doors to conserve space.
Sleek steel appliances in the kitchen mix with wood accents made from repurposed panels GMC president Ian Hublitz bought from Porter Barn Wood in Phoenix, and the clean white shiplap paneling is a reoccurring theme throughout the house.
The backyard faces Odell Lake, and the patio offers comfort for any weather with a third of the space fully covered for rainy gatherings, another section partially covered and one open to blue skies. An accordion window above the kitchen sink opens up to bar seating, creating the perfect place to serve guests food and drinks. The open floor plan inside blends the kitchen space into the dining and living rooms before a partially floating staircase leads to the upstairs loft that overlooks the fireplace below.
During the initial planning phase, Stang said she will sit down with clients to discuss what they hope to include in their future home. During these meetings, which typically last four to five hours, everything is laid out from big picture aspects like the number of rooms to smaller details like where they want windows. Stang will make up a wish list of these features that she will include and ADS even offers a tour through virtual reality software to ensure the design fits the client’s vision before the build begins.
“It’s really about understanding what they’re going to do and [explaining], ‘You don’t need that much,’” Stang said. “Usually we try to bring down the square footage, and you can have two exactly same size houses, one that’s going to feel really nice and roomy and the other that’s going to feel very small, and that’s all based on layout and the use of space.”
“A lot of people who come to visit Aude and I have this vision and just assume that they need 4,000 square feet,” Hublitz added. “You can do what you want to do with much less than that and then spend your money on areas that make sense, get nice finishes and make it more energy efficient.”
And energy efficiency is one of the guiding principles of Green Mountain Construction. Features like fiberglass windows, spray foam insulation and heat pump technology for heating and cooling earned the Munds Park home a Sustainable Building Award from the Coconino County Sustainable Building Program.
Local materials were used for the design whenever possible, with cabinets made by Sharp Custom Woodworking, tile sourced from Flagstaff Tile and Stone, countertop by Stone Creations and local Malpais basalt lining the fireplace as well as accent columns on the exterior.
One of the upstairs walls has several small windows leading to the bathroom, each with its sill finished underneath with a strip of the same steel accent found along the kitchen cabinets, fireplace and other areas.
“It all started because one window, the finish was not exact enough,” Stang said. “Any other builder would have just [said], ‘Oh, we’re fine with that,’ and they’ll live with it. The other half would say, ‘Just use some caulking and it would disappear,’ and you’ve got the .5% that just said, ‘I can’t sleep with that, and I have to come up with something really nice,’ and that’s how you end up having this kind of detail throughout the whole house.”
In the end, it’s small details like the steel accents and orienting the garage door to the south to avoid an excess of ice piling up in the winter that make this more than the typical home.
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