Trends in Upscale Design

Last week I had the opportunity to visit some new construction sites in the Dove Mountain area, just northwest of Tucson, near Marana.

The home builders ranged from Mattamy Homes to Miramonte Homes, to Toll Brothers to The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. The model homes provided a look at the newest trends in new home design in this area. Here are some photos of some of the details from my field trip.

Flooring tile placed in various configurations was a big feature in all of these homes that ranged in price from $437,995 to $1,595,000.

The use of tile patterns to show the shift from one room to another creates visual interest. as well as some visual confusion. The stripes in this home, below, seemed to cut through the space, perhaps to interrupt the vast expanse of floor.

Here are two entries that give cues about the use of the space and what lies beyond.

Ceiling details include brick and tile applications as well as curved portals, again to define the space.

Tile in the kitchen is the favored wall treatment. Here are a couple of kitchens that display possible tile designs. I especially like the small windows under the kitchen cabinets.

Other features of these homes included spacious and well-appointed baths, a kitchen with a custom attached banquette instead of dining table, and living rooms that opened fully to the exterior spaces through the use of movable glass walls.

These photos show the details of the tracks in the floor and ceiling for the movable glass walls. Some of the models also had “telescoping” sliding doors, so that they folded behind each other against the wall.

Many of these new homes have pools of various shapes, sizes, and uses. I especially enjoyed the infinity pool with water that flowed over the edge of the pool.

And finally, here are some other features that I found interesting. Most of the kitchens had pantries with glass doors, so one could see into the space. I don’t know that my pantry would be up to that kind of scrutiny! One of the pantries did have a frosted glass door – it could let in the light, but hide the mess! And one house had a viewing roof approached by a spiral stair from outside. Obviously this home was designed with younger owners in mind!

And these windows in a master bedroom I found interesting, as they provided some light and ambiance, along with some privacy.

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