After spending 16 years raising a family in their 1950s-era Phoenix home, a couple decided it was time to embrace a fresh start, one in which their new house would reflect a more streamlined lifestyle. They sought something unique that didn’t struggle for attention, uncluttered yet warm, and they wanted to bring the outdoors inside. “It was a rebirth,” says interior designer Claire Ownby.
Luckily, the couple already had the perfect lot for their new residence: the spot where their current family home sat. The plan was to demolish the structure, building a new one in its place. To celebrate this turning point, the owners staged an epic three-hour paintball war in the old house right before it was razed. “Doors were torn off the hinges and turned into shields, holes punched through walls for surprise enemy attacks,” the husband says. “It was a day of infamy!”
That mature grove of mesquite trees, in fact, was one of the only elements from their previous residence the couple wanted to keep, along with precious photographs. “We have a wall in the house that has monitors that continuously cycle through about 1,000 images from our lives,” the husband says. Soon, he adds, they will include new memories from a beautiful, updated home “that fits our lifestyle—who we are and how we live now.”