Blown in from the harsh winter weathers of the east coast just five years ago, David and Illene Engel took refuge in the appealing warm desert oasis of Scottsdale, Arizona. Here, the two transformed their average mid-90s contemporary style home into their creation of a modernized beauty in which they both live and work.
With a massive redesign completed by 180 Degrees, the house was extended in three directions; seamlessly and very organically. Running a successful company out of the house, leaving only for groceries, and to go to Hong Kong for business, and as David points out “living in a space all-day every day, and running a product design company, it was important for us to have an inspiring atmosphere.”
Today, the 3,500 square-foot 3 bedroom home has almost double the footprint thanks to expansions to the east, west and south. A guest suite was added and two of the original bedrooms evolved into a home office featuring an all-glass conference room. The existing two-car garage was transformed into a standalone guest suite.
The new three-car garage includes a dedicated space for art, and is connected to the main house via a glass-lined walkway/display gallery. (Which was important because most of the house features glass facades and masonry block columns, so there’s not all that much wall space.) The Engels have similar taste in art; Keith Haring is their patron saint. “No spouses were harmed in the making of our (art) collection.”
As you’ll see in the photos, the master closet is incredible. It’s 400+ square-feet and filled with whimsical things you wouldn’t expect in a modern house. There’s a massive crystal chandelier, as well as a neon shoe sign salvaged from an old bowling alley. Most important, there’s floor to ceiling shelving, from IKEA of all places. “You should hear the squeals of delight when Illene takes her friends in their for the first time.”
A wonderful property, thanks so much to DWR for sponsoring our first annual Home Design contest!