A new home on the market in Arcadia brings modern farmhouse style and industrial touches together under one roof.
Builder Bobby Hughes has many influences. He’s a horse owner and takes architectural inspiration from barns. Hughes is a SoCal native who likes industrial design and the movie industry. And, in a past life as an MLB catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cleveland Indians, he learned the importance of teamwork.
Hughes, principal of Scottsdale’s Seven Development, melded all of these influences in his newest Arcadia spec home, a 6,811-square-foot, five-bedroom modern farmhouse, which he created by working closely with a team that included interior designers Etta Cowdrey and Jonna Green of Studio V, as well as architect Greg Woods.
From top: The dining room, illuminated by vintage-style industrial lights, overlooks the backyard; the lower-level entertainment room has glass garage doors that access a terrace.
“The essence of Arcadia is the ranch-style house,” says Hughes, who used to live around the corner from the new spec house. “I wanted to honor that, but with a new twist.”
Woods coalesced Hughes’ ideas into a crisp design, taking the step of raising the house 3 feet above grade to capture views of Camelback Mountain and create the raised front and back porches that are emblematic of farmhouse design. The exterior is marked with white siding, a charcoal standing-seam metal roof, steel accents, and black brick used for chimneys and columns—imparting a look that is at once traditional and edgy.
A niche in the great room offers extra seating space.
Inside, the entry opens onto the great room, which includes the living and dining areas, as well as the roomy kitchen. “We did a monitor roof that’s barn-inspired for the great room,” says Woods of the 26-foot soaring height in the room. “With clerestory windows, it floods the center of the house with light and highlights the interior shiplap walls.”
The master suite and guest quarters are to one side of the great room, while the kids’ wing is on the opposite side. The home’s surprise? A partial basement, designed as an entertainment space with a bar and illuminated glass wine cellar, as well as a glass garage door that not only access the lower-level terrace, but also fills the room with light.
In the master bedroom, luxe bedding softens the room’s metal accents.
Hughes pitched scores of ideas to the interior designers, who executed the backgrounds and many architectural elements with style. “This house has a lot of thoughtful details,” says Cowdrey. “The spaces feel simple, but there’s a lot of complexity in the design.” The interior designers used white wood, nickel-gap shiplap on all the walls and ceilings in the public spaces, and did custom tile work for the bathroom walls—all the way up to the ceilings. Pale gray European oak flooring and black steel accents around the fireplace and the hood all add a contrast to the white walls. In the kitchen, vintage movie spotlights were refashioned into a light fixture above one of the two islands. The custom kitchen cabinetry was warmed with a charcoal paint, while drawers in the island are a natural walnut. The bathrooms have a vintage look and, for guests who are wondering and wandering, powder rooms feature doors clearly marked with the stenciled word “Toilet.”
From top: a soaking tub and a walk-through shower highlight the master bath; a hallway off the entry leads to a home office.
To stage the house, Cowdrey and Green brought in an array of comfortable, inviting furnishings that add color and texture to the setting. “We wanted to mix traditional with industrial,” Green says, “such as in the master bedroom, where we placed industrial-style nightstands next to the bed, which has traditional bedding.” Hughes and the design team made sure the house has all the must-haves for Arcadia living—custom cabinetry in the walk-in closets, the master suite plumbed for a washer and dryer, a spacious laundry room, wiring for TVs everywhere, and a butler’s pantry behind the main kitchen replete with swinging doors and a poolside shower—perfect for kids and canines. The outdoors—landscaped by Flowing Wells Landscape & Pools and Refined Gardens—includes a complete grilling area, a pool house, a spa and pool, plus plenty of grassy areas for kids and pets. “This is a great house, and I’m proud of the craftsmanship that went into it,” says Hughes. “It’s different from what you’re seeing now in Arcadia.” $3,995,000, 5351 E. Calle Del Norte, Phoenix; Leslie Jenkins, 602.882.3145, russlyon.com