Sleek Accessibility Defines A Modern Scottsdale Abode


modern exterior entrance cactus

Architect Darren Petrucci was tasked with renovating a 1970s residence in Scottsdale's Hilton Casitas neighborhood. Outside, the sculptural desert plantings by landscape architect Michele Shelor counter the home's angularity.

modern entry etched-glass and bronze...

The dramatically scaled front door from Arcadia Window & Door features an etched-glass panel and a dark bronze anodized finish. But the design isn’t only for visual impact: As it pivots open, it offers wide access for homeowner Steve Pollock, who uses a wheelchair. A clerestory window allows light in without overheating the interiors.

modern neutral living room media...

Designer Juli Hodgson helped Steve select the furnishings and finishes, including Flexform's Groundpiece sectional and Jiff side tables, all purchased through Inform Interiors in Vancouver, that reside in the living room. Vrieling Architectural built the custom walnut media wall, and Petrucci opened the room to the garden by swapping a solid wall for glass.

modern sitting area black basalt...

As part of the update, Petrucci designed black basalt apertures that cut through the stucco walls; in this one, Eames LCW chairs gather around an Eero Saarinen table. Kitchen designer Robert Moric created the Bulthaup B3 kitchen that showcases walnut millwork with integrated appliances, including a Liebherr refrigerator and Gaggenau ovens. The painting, from Lisa Sette Gallery, is by New Zealand artist Fiona Pardington.

modern living room and kitchen...

Hans Wegner's Shell Chair CH07 for Carl Hansen & Son is next to the living room sectional. Behind it are Wegner's CH33 chairs for the same brand around a live-edge dining table by Jeffrey Greene Design Studio; a chandelier by J. & L. Lobmeyr hangs above.

modern exterior sitting area near...

Just outside the living room, outdoor seating by Janus et Cie creates a conversation area lit by a grouping of Omer Arbel pendants for Bocci in Vancouver. A BDDW credenza is visible inside at left, below a painting by conceptual artist Mike Bidlo; a wine cellar is on the far right.

modern neutral master bedroom carved-wood...

Appreciating their period detail and carved-wood elements, Steve and Petrucci decided to retain the original double front doors of the house. The doors were restored and then joined together to form a panel that slides across to close off the master suite.

Simple contemporary molded-wood furnishings and a continuation of the basalt floors from the main spaces distinguish the airy, minimally appointed master bedroom, where a curtain can be drawn for privacy.

It was time for Steve Pollock’s 1973 home to get a 21st-century makeover.

The 50-year-old entrepreneurial investor, who has lived more than half his life in a wheelchair, wanted his part-time residence in Scottsdale, Arizona, to have sleek simplicity that adapts for accessibility.

And with a love for entertaining guests, the kitchen needed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

In the finished home, reduced-height appliances, plus an impressive stacked walnut wall line one side of the room, while a 16-foot-long island with recesses beneath the sink and cooktop accommodate the homeowner.

To enhance the abode’s modern feel, designer Juli Hodgson worked in midcentury modern pieces, including Eames plywood LCW chairs. Charcoal gray upholstery and rugs harmoniously blend with the basalt floors. As a unique design feature, architect Darren Petrucci replaced walls throughout the home with glass.

To complete the overall aesthetic, landscape architect Michele Shelor designed cactus gardens that not only function as natural sculptures, but complement the interiors of the home.

“I appreciate that it’s an easy place to live,” Steve says.