September 11, 2004
With barn style garage doors, metal roofing, wood floors and a Dutch door that opens to the back patio, the Sunset Magazine Idea House 2004 — which opened to the public yesterday — is a departure from the Tuscan and adobe styles of most new construction in the Valley.
But according to Drew Smith, marketing director for Verrado in Buckeye, where the home is located, the twostory, 4,000-square-foot "contemporary farmhouse" tells of our architectural roots.
"It’s a return to what isn’t all that unusual in Phoenix, but hasn’t been seen in the last 30 to 40 years," Smith said.
Built by Salcito Custom Homes of Scottsdale, the purpose of the idea house — Sunset’s fifth since 1998 and its first in the Southwest — is to "bring the magazine to life" by showcasing the latest in home trends, materials and appliances, said Ann Bertelsen, senior editor of design.
"People get a chance to physically walk through and explore some of the various ideas and concepts that Sunset is trying to getting across," she said.
One of those concepts is the merging of indoor and outdoor living: Eleven doors lead to outside spaces, which include a seating area with couch and fireplace and a spacious upstairs porch off the master bedroom. There’s also a front porch that features a wooden swing chair and oversized concrete pots.
Inside, the decor is casual, yet tailored. A "gathering room" takes the place of a formal living room and whimsical bunk beds furnish a children’s bedroom.
"There’s no wasted space," said Smith, pointing to the various nooks that are repurposed as seating areas, with one a homework desk.
Everyone who tours the home will receive a list of resources, from where to buy the lighting (Legacy Lighting in Scottsdale) to who designed the ironwork (Studio Iron in Gilbert). Even the home plan is available for purchase at
"It’s not meant to be a show house — not so custom-made that people can’t find these things themselves. It’s very accessible," Bertelsen said.
Sunset Idea House Southwest 2004
What: A house — billed as a "contemporary farmhouse," built to showcase the latest trends, materials, and appliances in home design. Sponsored by Sunset magazine.
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 14
Where: Verrado, a planned community in Buckeye (see accompanying map) Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors on Fridays; free for children ages 5 and younger Information: (800) 786-7375 or www.sunset.com/verrado
Verrado, a planned community near the White Tank Mountains in Buckeye, is the brainchild of DMB Associates, a Scottsdale real estate investment and development firm that’s also responsible for DC Ranch in Scottsdale and Power Ranch in Gilbert. When finished — build-out isn’t expected for 15 to 20 years — the 8,800-acre site will feature 14,000 homes split into three types of neighborhoods (Town, Park and Golf/Foothills). It also features a golf course and "Main Street" with grocery store, banking, restaurant and shops.
"We’re focusing just as much on the neighborliness as on putting in infrastructure," said Drew Smith, Verrado’s marketing director. For more information, visit www.verrado.com.
The Sunset Idea House 2004 team
Architect: Dale Gardon Design, 8390 E. Via de Ventura, Suite F200, Scottsdale. (480) 948-9666. Builder: Salcito Custom Homes, 8714 E. Vista Bonita Drive, Suite 101, Scottsdale. (480) 585-5065, salcitocustomhomes.com.
Interior Designer: Tamm Jasper Interiors, 4160 N. Craftsman Court, Suite 104, Scottsdale. (480) 423-3561. Landscape Architect: Sonoran Desert Designs, 31055 N. 56th St., Cave Creek. (480) 595-6400, sonorandesertdesigns.com.