Zen, Mid-century Modern and a tropical garden have found
a home. In 18 months, landscape designer Brian Kissinger
and his partner, Todd McCandless, transformed a 2,800-square-foot
home designed in 1967 by California architect Albert
Anderson into a resort-style refuge. Simple, relaxing
and manageable in size, their Paradise Valley, Ariz.,
residence celebrates indoor living spaces and spa like
"We wanted to make this house private yet welcoming,"
says Kissinger. McCandless explains: "We wanted it to
be minimal yet rich in detail and function. Most of
all, we wanted to capture the resort lifestyle."
When the pair first saw the horse-property home in 2005,
it had a "good feeling" because of its crisp rooflines,
Kissinger recalls. But it was far from the resortlike,
with extensive concrete driveways (a fomer owner was
a car aficionado), creosote-donimated vegetation, a
dated fašade and oval swimming pool.
"I like clean/ simple," says Kissinger, whose parents-antique
collectors-filled his childhood home "with a lot of
stuff." As a result, his adult home is uncluttered and
minimalist. "Our vision was a home of simplicity, style
and function that took into account the site with its
great views," he explains. The house has become the
The architectural redesign, by James Kottke, AIA, revitalizes
the mid-century Modern look of the original residence
with light-infused spaces that are both unfussy and
flexible for entertaining. Outside, four zones of lush
desert and tropical landscaping (see Phoenix Home &
Garden, November 2007) reinforce concepts of sustainability
while seamlessly blending with interiors.