Central Phoenix boasts historic homes dating from the early 1900’s to Post WW2. The remaining designated historic neighborhoods present a well-preserved glimpse into an urban experience of mature shade trees, bicycle paths, front porches, and narrow streets. Beginning in the early 1990’s historic home purchases grew as residents began to recognize the value of an earlier philosophy and aesthetic.
Located in the Willo Neighborhood, the 79 West project includes a renovation and addition to a 1925 Craftsman Bungalow. The original a shake roof, river rock fireplace, built-in millwork and plaster ceilings were restored true to their beginnings, while renovated spaces opened up previously cramped quarters. These moves allowed for greater access between kitchen, bedrooms and gathering areas as well as new storage solutions and quiet seating zones. Taking cues from intimate proportions and refined construction details, the new addition is minimal yet spacious, revealing a contemporary vocabulary, abundant light and energy efficient systems. The result is a merging of means & methods between two centuries, true to the singular vision of the open, welcome, and expressive bungalow.
“The living room abounds with (old and new) elements that create a warm, inviting home: scale, light and texture. The river-rock fireplace, wood floors, leather and wood furniture, and bookshelves telegraph to those who enter: come in and sit down.”
AZ Magazine, April 2010
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