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In July 2017, Belz was contacted by the property owner to create a home that met their specific requirements. This included the following items:

  • An open concept/loft design that takes advantage of the views to the south and west. Separate areas within this open plan are defined by furnishings.

  • Master Suite on the main level. Bathroom with views. Large shower with rain head and wall shower system. Large walk-in closet with built-ins.

  • Study/office area with an abundance of built-in bookshelves. Study to be “separate” but somehow connected to main living area.

  • 2 additional bedrooms, each with their own bath.

  • Extra wide garage that can fit 2 cars side x side with the doors open and extra deep with room for a workbench.

  • Mud room/laundry room that could include a shower.

  • Radiant in-floor heat system and air conditioning.

  • Outdoor living space/courtyard with firepit, water feature, pizza oven, and sunken jetted tub.


Environmentally responsible design alternatives, such as material choices and building orientation, together with other considerations based on requirements and aesthetics were used to develop a design that was consistent with the owner’s vision.


  • Belz and the owner worked together to choose all materials and finishes and colors. The green stucco picked up on the native grasses on the property. The stone was chosen to contrast with the green stucco and “plant” the house to the ground.

  • The owner wanted to take advantage of the views as much as possible. Instead of siting the house along north/south/east/west axes, Belz canted the floorplan to a southwest axis for better “head-on” views from the home.

  • The owner requested an interesting roof/ceiling. Thus, Belz chose an arched ceiling which she found more embracing than an angled vaulted or shed roof.

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