Arizona Home Showcases Creative Uses of Building Materials

Budget-friendly building materials are put to work in quirky and unexpected ways in this one-of-a-kind Arizona home designed by Angelica Henry.

Southwestern Kitchen Features Custom Glass Details

Southwestern Kitchen Features Custom Glass Details

In the kitchen, steel and glass upper cabinets disappear into an interior window, which allows as much light as possible into the kitchen and provide a spot to display art and dishes. Custom hardware adorns the lower cabinets and showcase a logo created just for the homeowners. Quarter-inch strips of glass were fused together to create the floating upper island top and are supported by steel hidden within the cabinets.

Photo by: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Steel rebar and chicken wire may not immediately come to mind when considering interior design elements, but for Angelica Henry they were creative solutions in a project with budget limitations.

Henry, the president and founder of Angelica Henry Design, transformed these and other unexpected materials into artistic design elements at the Rock Bottom estate in North Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dramatic Rebar Fireplace Highlights Scale of Large Living Room

Dramatic Rebar Fireplace Highlights Scale of Large Living Room

Fireplace

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Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Fireplace

"(The homeowners) wanted to stick to a particular budget, so they were pushing me to use materials in interesting ways," she says. "Sometimes it was a tough order to fill, but it was a fun process to work with."

The effort is evident upon entering the home, where the tall fireplace wrapped in rebar and scored concrete floor catch the eye as you transition from the entry into the main living area.

The rebar casts decorative shadows on the walls -- which were covered with burlap and then painted for texture -- and draws the eye up toward the dramatically high ceiling. The fireplace's scale helps balance the size of the room without overwhelming the desert views beyond the pocketing glass doors.

Powder Room Features Bark Wallcovering, Unusual Sink

Powder Room Features Bark Wallcovering, Unusual Sink

Powder Room

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Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Powder Room

Chicken wire shaped into a cube and filled with pebbles conceals a low-cost sink in the powder room, offering a delightful nod to the home's Rock Bottom name -- a reference to its location at the bottom of a mountain. The pattern on the walls was created from woven bark layered on top of red paint.

In the kitchen, steel cabinet frames outfitted with glass panels provide displays for items while allowing light into the interior space. On the island, strips of glass fused together create the upper countertop which floats above a lower hemlock countertop thanks to the support of steel hidden within the cabinets.

The showstopping element in the kitchen is the custom art wall. Artist Rob Stenberg painted the Southwest-inspired design onto reclaimed barn wood, which masks the refrigerator doors and additional cabinetry.

"They wanted a kitchen they did not look like a kitchen," Henry says. 

Master Bathroom Vanity Features Handcrafted Lacquered Wood Vanity

Master Bathroom Vanity Features Handcrafted Lacquered Wood Vanity

Master Bathroom

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Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Master Bathroom

The homeowner, a talented woodworker, provided his own artistic touches throughout the interiors. He fashioned the dining table, countertops and hand-turned wood bowls displayed in the home office.

Other quirky details of the home include a pantry pendant light crafted from a galvanized bucket and cowhide wallcovering lining the back of the wetbar.

"It's a little bit of an experimentation when you're doing new things," Henry says. "Sometimes you do mockups and experiments and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't."

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Setting the Scene

The glow of the chandelier through the transparent pivoting door leads guests into the spacious foyer. The sawcut concrete pattern in the entry sets the tone for the bespoke features showcased throughout this North Scottsdale, Arizona, home.

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Living, Indoor and Out

Pocketing glass doors disappear at the touch of a button to create a seamless connection between the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

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Pattern and Texture

The goal for the fireplace was to create an architectural feature with enough visual weight to balance the large scale of the room and ceiling trusses. The rebar elements cast dramatic shadows across the golden walls, which were upholstered in burlap and then painted over for texture.

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Rustic Industrial

Industrial and rustic materials used on the fireplace and throughout the home's design include corten steel, rebar rods and angle iron.

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Strong Lines

A custom sawcut concrete floor patten was painstakingly laid out throughout the main living area to best accommodate all the angles and transitions throughout the rooms. The strong architectural lines are highlighted and enhanced by the interior details throughout every aspect of this space -- from the fireplace to the custom dining table, which was fabricated by the talented homeowner.

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Steel, Glass and Wood

In the kitchen, steel and glass upper cabinets disappear into an interior window, which allows as much light as possible into the kitchen and provide a spot to display art and dishes. Quarter-inch strips of glass were fused together to create the upper island top which floats above a hemlock countertop thanks to the support of steel hidden within the cabinets.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Custom Kitchen Art

The kitchen appliances disappear into the custom art wall, which adds vibrant color and energy to the non-traditional kitchen. Artist Rob Stenberg painted the Southwest-inspired design onto reclaimed barn wood, and touch-latch cabinetry keeps the wall looking more like an art installation than kitchen cabinetry.

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Feed Zone

A zinc-clad barn door conceals this walk in pantry when not in use. Shelves made from chicken wire and angle iron allow crumbs fall to the counter instead of being stuck on the shelves, making for easy cleanup.

Unusual Materials

Double entry doors upholstered with a patterned fabric lead to the home's powder room. The back wall showcases an open-weave bark wallcovering that leaves some of the red wall beyond exposed. The sink is repurposed chicken wire filled with river rocks with a function stainless sink hidden below the wood timbers. Water falls into the basin through the rocks, creating a nice soothing sound.

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Cohesive Design

Reclaimed barnwood, stone and zinc used on the fireplace feature wall in the private family room call back to elements used in the public living spaces for a cohesive look. A fender in front of the fireplace provides a cozy place to sit and soak up the warmth.

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Desert Views

Retractable doors open up to allow for the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living. Even when closed, the doors offer panoramic views of the surrounding Arizona desert.

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Desert Oasis

Water tumbles across a steel structure surrounding the grill and into a basin below, creating a soothing sound for the pool area. The deck is clad in Oklahoma fieldstone, helping the property to blend with its natural desert surroundings.

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A Study in Contrasts

Contrasting wood finishes give the office a sense of warmth while highlighting the custom spun glass rondelles set into the cabinet panels. The panels slide to the sides to conceal bookshelves and showcase hand-turned wood pieces made by the homeowner. A zinc panel installed behind the center shelves highlights the warm wood colors of the bowls.

Now You See It ...

When the glass panels are drawn to the center, functional bookshelves and task lighting are revealed.

Master Retreat

Rough-sawn fir planks set in a board-and-batten style clad the walls in the master bedroom. The attached sitting room enjoys sweeping views of the surrounding Arizona desert.

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Suite Style

A checkerboard tile floor sets the tone in the master bathroom. The floor is highlighted with an accent of rustic wood at the center. Skylights bring in beautiful natural light. The legs of the vanities are made from bundles of rebar, echoing the materials used on the living room's fireplace.

Custom Touches

The lacquered wood counters and sinks on the vanities -- an unexpected material application -- were custom fabricated by the homeowner. The mirrors were ready-made but embellished with an extra layer in order to create more contrast against the tile.

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Picture This

This double slipper copper tub takes center stage with amazing views of a mountain and surrounding lands through the picture window. Antler-printed drapery panels and a pair of pendant lights soften the space.

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On Display

The makeup vanity showcases a soapstone counter and glass cabinets to display perfume bottles and trinkets, reminiscent of the kitchen's upper cabinetry.

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Cozy Den

Tall wood wainscoting paired with grasscloth give the den a cozy feel. The room is trimmed with large timbers and steel headers, and the hard-edged and soft materials balance each other for a rustic and comfortable environment. The cabinet is a repurposed set of drawers paired with a custom metal base.

Pony Up to the Bar

The bar showcases hair-on-hide panels as wallcovering and floating glass shelves suspended by threaded rebar rods with bolts to support the glass. The cowhides are arranged diagonally to create additional visual interest where they meet in the middle of the wall.

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A Touch of Light

Colorful tiles, pendant lights hung from the skylight interior and fun hardware make the guest bathroom a fun and quirky space. The skylight above the vanity adds a lively touch of natural light.

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Color and Pattern

The colorful wallcovering, bold tile patterns and distressed wood countertop add a sense of lightheartedness to a second guest bathroom. Steel I-beams separate the two sink areas for a uniquely rustic detail. A skylight above the vanity brings natural light to the space

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