Remodeling Design Awards: Desert Embrace

Grand Award: Whole-House Remodeling $250,000-500,000

Opening up walls created a better interior flow.

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The original layout did not allow for good traffic flow.

The fireplace in the existing living room.

The new living room is open to the kitchen and dining rooms.

The original kitchen was cut off from the living areas.

The kitchen countertops are Caesarstone and concrete.

The original side porch was enclosed to create a theater room.

Architect Rob Paulus incorporated the original fireplace in to the theater room wall. The large projection screen takes up one wall.

The original bathroom.

The original wood porch.

The canopy structure is made of steel and rough-hewn Douglas fir. It ties in to the new masonry and landscaping.

A before view of the house from poolside. A before view of the house from poolside.

The canopy connects the home with the pool and backyard.

The architect's original sketch of the canopy included a round opening, but it was more cost-effective to follow the lines of the structure and make it rectangular.

A during photo of the project shows the construction of the steel canopy frame.

The steel and Douglas fir pieces fit together seamlessly.

The original master bedroom (right) didn't have a great connection to the outdoors.

A small, side porch off the master bedroom provides a more private outdoor setting for the owner.

Two steel boxes frame the windows and provide shade to the theater room.

Architect Rob Paulus designed these steel frames to be more delicate to contrast with the strong structure of the canopy. Vines are now growing on the canopy, which connects the structure to the outdoor landscaping.

The home is set in the foothills of Tucson.

The original floorplan.

The new floorplan shows the home's connection to the outdoors. The small structure on the other side of the pool is a guest house.

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