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Now & Zen
Clean lines and flowing spaces
define a remodeled home.
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 alfresco vignettes.

"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 couple's sanctuary.

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.