Anyone who has ever watched a relay race knows the smooth passing of the baton is emblematic of well-orchestrated teamwork. A bad handoff can often spell disaster, but when done correctly the transition is so seamless it can be diffcult to discern where one runner stops and the next begins. For one lucky pair of empty nesters, the design team they assembled to work on their home in the Silverleaf subdivision of Scottsdale achieved a similar level of synergy that allowed them to move from planning phase to building completion in what seemed like one unified motion.
Seeking respite from the harsh Midwestern winters of their primary residence in Illinois, the couple in question had decided to venture southwest due to a desire for a more casual setting from which to pursue outdoor activities. “They wanted their Arizona home to be more relaxed and have an element of rusticity they don’t have in their prewar Chicago apartment,” says designer David Michael Miller, who took on the job with builder Anthony Salcito and project manager Jenn Scopacasa. Architect Erik Peterson, along with colleague and fellow architect Scott Carson, joined landscape designer Jeff Berghoff to round out the team.
Connectivity defined the overall project for the design professionals involved, who related to each other effortlessly from start to finish. “We never drew a line between design and architecture,” Peterson says. “We went for seamless interaction, and that’s what we got.”