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Recently completed modern home in Tucson

At McCreary Homes we’re proud to announce that a home we recently built was selected to be featured in “LUXE Interiors and Design” magazine.  LUXE can be found at It was a challenging, and rewarding project. Creating unique and beautiful homes is what we love to do….and our clients love the results.  If you’d like to view some of the other homes in our portfolio, or talk about building your dream home, please give me, LJ McCreary a call at 520-240-7200.

The home is located in Sabino Mountain Estates in the beautiful Tucson foothills.  Photos are attached below and the article’s text follows.

For the London-based homeowners of this 7,310 square foot glass walled structure, the rugged terrain and cactus dotted slopes of the Sonoran Desert seemed like the ideal place to break ground on an exotic vacation retreat.  But for architect Kevin B. Howard, principal of Oro Valley-based Kevin B. Howard Architect’s Inc., the spot was all too familiar. “I’m always interested in how clients choose places to retire and build a home,” Howard says.  “I’m a native of Arizona, so I don’t look at it as an exotic place.  But when you think about it, the environment is actually very unique.”

And so as a testament to the land itself, Howard created a visual masterpiece for the English couple, showcasing the spectacular views through expansive glass windows and a unique design that marries both form and function.”  I wanted the home to both look and feel as though it belonged in the setting,” Howard says.

To accomplish this goal, the architect incorporated a neutral, earth-toned palette and a combination of smooth and textured materials–primarily stucco, glass, steel. And split-face masonry—as the bones of the structure. “you have two aspects of the design,” Howard says.  “Part of it feels light and floating, and part of it feels heavy.  The purpose was to have them compliment and balance each other.”  Although the fusion of diverse materials lent to the home’s clean-lined, contemporary appeal, achieving the look was a bit stickier.  “Split-face masonry is a really rough surface, so when it comes in contact with a smooth window frame, it can be tough to create a flawless transition,” says builder LJ McCreary, principal of Tucson-based McCreary Homes, Inc.

Throughout the home, several features were integrated to serve both aesthetic and functional purposes.  Inside, city and mountain views take center stage through floor-to-ceiling dual paned windows, meticulously oriented to block and overflow of sunlight into the home.  Howard also incorporated exterior cantilevered overhangs in both stucco and steel to further shade the interior living spaces from the sun.  To enhance the scenery and increase the surface area of the property, the architect extended the home’s footprint.  “Right at the edge of the flat grade, there were extreme drop-offs,” he says.  “So we built terraces that cantilever out past those boundaries.”

With minimalistic details—such as the staircase that seems to float effortlessly between two massive split-face block walls—speaking volumes, the home’s architectural distinction is apparent to both the homeowners and architect.  “The home achieves a good balance between being different and blending in with its surroundings,” Howard says.  As for the owners, who craved a home that would honor the exotic Arizona landscape, they couldn’t be happier within its glass walls.  “My favorite space is the great room,” says the husband.  “I like the feeling of being both within the home, and yet still a part of the desert.””

Here are a few photos of the home…

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