An Exquisite North Scottsdale Custom Build Embraces Southwest Living at its Finest
It was a lot deemed unbuildable, yet when South Dakota natives Keith and Kristi Hainy first saw the stunning views afforded by this North Scottsdale gem they knew they had to have it. The only challenge was finding a builder that would actually take on the project. As fate would have it, Tom LaBlonde of LaBlonde Home Builders happened to be working on the site next door. After chatting with him for a while, it was clear that he was the man to transform this challenging lot into a sprawling desert dream home.
“We knew we were in luck after he saw it and told us that if we didn’t buy it he would,” says Kristi Hainy.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, LaBlonde went straight to the drawing board, conceiving a plan that would utilize every buildable aspect of the footprint in the best and most unique way possible.
“I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge,” says LaBlonde. “But I have found that in my career the best homes that I design are usually the most challenging sites because they force me to be really creative.”
He even took the time to get to know the Hainys, listening to all their needs and desires and expertly incorporating them into the home to give it that distinct, individual touch.
“I really like to listen to the homeowners and let them take the lead on how they want to design the home, so that they feel very much a part of the process,” says LaBlonde.
The result was a spectacular 3,500- square foot desert contemporary home designed with strong architectural elements like glass, stone and square corners.
LaBlonde also made sure to utilize the home’s breathtaking surrounds in all aspects of the design, most notably in the backyard where an infinity-edge pool drops off into the landscape, affording panoramic views of the vast desert.
Disappearing sliding glass doors that lead from the patio to the kitchen and living areas seamlessly merge the outdoors and indoors together.
“People here in Arizona really embrace the indoor-outdoor lifestyle for many months of the year, and this feature of disappearing sliding doors is just a great way to enjoy the desert because you can entertain on the patio as if it were another room in the home,” says LaBlonde.
The kitchen is also perfect for hosting everything from a small, intimate dinner with friends to an extravagant soiree. It features top-notch appliances, sleek granite countertops and a cozy breakfast nook looking out to the backyard.
Walking into the living room, one’s eye is immediately drawn to a massive fireplace situated between the two sliding glass doors. This completely custom, rustic beauty allows one to take in all of Arizona’s picture-perfect sunsets while snuggling in front of a blazing fire. Like the fireplace, the entertainment center is also a work of art, done in a Southwest style meant to reflect the natural elements of the desert with dark, stained wood and soaring heights.
Tucked away toward the rear of the home is the master suite with attached bath. The whole back wall of the bedroom is adorned with a manufactured stone that was meticulously placed one-by-one, while a sliding glass door leading out to a private patio occupies the adjacent wall.
There’s also a formal dining room and home office at the front of the home and two guest bedrooms with adjoining baths off to the opposite side, all affording the same spectacular desert views found in the home’s other rooms.
“Our personality is really here in this house, and it has quickly become part of us and who we are,” says Hainy.
The negative-edge pool caps off at the very edge of the property, while the patio creates an inviting space with its custom fireplace and two ten-foot sliding glass doors.
This spacious, light-filled room boasts sleek granite countertops, exquisite stone detailing, a rustic stove hood and custom shelving specially created by LaBlonde and his team.
Giving the room a more rustic feel is a three-dimensional fireplace with an old stovetop-type chimney that’s held together by two massive turnbuckles and flawlessly integrates with the room’s other features.