Laura Kehoe Design, PHX Architecture and Paragon Custom Homes join forces to create a stunning upper canyon spec home in Silverleaf.
The great room features an oversize custom sofa with velvet and leather-and-brass chairs. A stunning Hammerton chandelier hangs above. The see-through fireplace is two-sided and wrapped in floor-to-ceiling marble and rolled steel.
For this luxury spec home, designer Laura Kehoe of Laura Kehoe Interior Design, Erik Peterson of PHX Architecture and Ted Reisdorf of Paragon Custom Homes teamed up to create a stunning new build in Silverleaf’s Upper Canyon that’s currently on the market for $28 million. “We have worked on the homeowner’s primary Scottsdale residence, so when this project came up as a luxury spec they enlisted us,” says Kehoe, who notes that everything—from construction drawings to hard surface tile selections to furniture and accessories—was required to make the spec move-in-ready. “The homeowners have fabulous taste and value family time in Arizona, so creating the ultimate dream home on this spectacular lot with unparalleled views and with an established team was an easy decision.”
A marble fireplace and marble-slab-backed bookshelves set a glamorous tone in the primary bedroom lounge, where a custom chaise lounge and tufted swivel chairs beckon the homeowners to lounge by the fire or watch TV.
“As much as we would like to take credit for creating this amazing home, we started with an absolutely incredible building site,” says Reisdorf. “The views to the mountains, the valley and the city lights below are incredible. We were able to take advantage of the unobstructed views during the design phase and construction and made numerous small changes to make sure that we took full advantage of the opportunity this building site afforded us. In fact, there’s hardly a space in the home that doesn’t enjoy these amazing views.”
In the powder room, a brass and fluted wood vanity with a marble countertop is accented by wallpaper and lava rock tile.
“They allowed us creative freedom to determine the style and interior direction based around what PHX Architecture had designed architecturally,” says Kehoe. “They wanted clean lines and more of a transitional feel that didn’t feel too modern or traditional.” The site served as design inspiration, as did the high-end Scottsdale community’s strict style restrictions. “We had a lot of rules to follow—and some to push limits,” shares Peterson, who adds that the clients desired an L.A.-influenced “wow” house with a modern Mediterranean style. “[They wanted] big views and lots of entertainment space. We set it up so every room has an A+ view.”
The peaceful dining room houses a custom walnut dining table by Peter Thomas and bespoke dining chairs upholstered in a woven black and white textural fabric. The suspended mercury glass light is from Currey & Company.
“The interior has a diverse array of light and natural-colored materials including white oak wood flooring, numerous combinations of tile and slab materials for the countertops and wall surfaces, as well as a combination of rift-cut white oak and painted cabinetry,” shares Reisdorf. To create the clean-lined transitional look the clients desired, Kehoe and her team designed custom furniture for the home in neutral tones and brass finishes. “We did use brass in many of the fixtures, which adds warmth that we love,” she says.
An acid-washed mirror installation in the entry reflects light while adding warmth and golden tones.
Regarding favorites, the team had difficulty pinpointing their number one spaces. Both Peterson and Reisdorf highlight the entertainment areas, which Peterson describes as “large, fun spaces that connect the exterior and the views.” Accessed by a large open floating stairway or via elevator, the lower level entertainment area has a wine cellar, a candy counter in the theater entry lobby, a nightclub bar, a built-in golf simulator and more. Kehoe names the entryway library— which opens to the great room with a massive two-sided floor-to-ceiling marble fireplace as a standout. “The two-tone bookcase with brass ladder is extremely grand but also cozy,” she says. “It’s the perfect place to lounge with a book, a cup of coffee or a martini.”
The kitchen includes multiple finishes, as seen in the rift-cut oak cabinets in a custom stain by Distinctive Custom Cabinetry, the rolled steel hood, brass and fluted glass pendants, and an island painted in Dunn Edwards’ Sheet Metal shade. A concealed butler’s kitchen hides behind the hood wall.
Because the home was built on the side of a mountain, it took the entire first year of the project to sort out excavation and site-related items like site walls and utilities. “Building a home of this scale on the side of a mountain was a challenge from day one,” says Reisdorf. “Once we were able to get the site constructed how we needed it, we went to great lengths to ensure each area of the home was constructed to take full advantage of the site and all of the beautiful views it afforded us. I believe we did that.”
In the primary bedroom, stainless mirrors and Shagreen bedside chests flank a custom oversize upholstered bed covered in velvet.
The project took three-and-a-half years, but every moment was worth it. “[The homeowners] said it was the most beautiful home they have ever seen,” says Kehoe. “It almost brought me to tears. It has been a labor of love for everyone involved.”
A tall bookcase in rift-cut oak with drawers painted in Dunn Edwards’ Sheet Metal shade commands the entryway library, which also features a brass library ladder and a hair-on-hide rug.
20958 N. 112th St., Scottsdale
Laura Kehoe Design
Erik Peterson, PXH Architecture
Ted Reisdorf, Paragon Custom Homes
Distinctive Custom Cabinetry
Donna Winters, Enchanted Garden Landscape, Inc.
Floor-to-ceiling marble slabs with rolled steel back a luxurious seating area in the library.
Primary bathroom Victoria + Albert tub
CURREY & COMPANY
Dining room chandelier
Living room lighting
Primary bedroom wallpaper
Powder room wallpaper
MACS CUSTOM DRAPERY
Window coverings throughout
MODERN SHADE CO.
Window coverings throughout
PETER THOMAS DESIGNS
Dining room table
SUB-ZERO & WOLF
THE FLOOR COLLECTION
Primary bedroom rug
Primary bathroom hardware