Makebakken Residence

Silverleaf, Scottsdale, AZ

A challenging site of only ½ acre became the platform for this graceful Spanish Mission home. To take advantage of the desert views, thoughtful massing and varied heights provided multiple opportunities for view balconies and outdoor living spaces. A large interior courtyard is the key design element around which the home is arranged, and contains a wall-hugging pool and raised spa, a gourmet outdoor kitchen grill, and a dining area under a cupola roof. Unusually for a home of this size, the guest house physically adjoins the main home, separated by the garage. With a private patio and balcony with fireplace and daybed, the master suite enjoys the same sunset views in complete and serene privacy.

From the courtyard, the main house is accessed via a 10’x20’ sliding glass pocket door that fully connects the indoors to the outdoor living area. Inside, a massive sweeping staircase with 4” risers for gradual gain leads to the master suite and bedrooms. Another balcony runs the full length of the hall, offering yet more desert views.

On the main floor, the kitchen and public rooms feature enormous hand-hewn beams, herringbone patterned brick-lined barrel ceilings, a 6’x5’ fireplace and a great room with yet more expansive glass that slides into invisibility. Adjacent to the kitchen and formal dining room is a large serving pantry and wine room. Elsewhere is the ultimate “Gentlemen’s Room” – an exotic car garage with a cigar lounge and humidor room.