Ottavia Zappala, Appropriate for The Republic Published 6:00 a.m. MT April 19, 2018 | Updated 6:09 p.m. MT April 20, 2018
The homeowners chose this aspect of constructed grass to add a pop of blush in advanced of this gazebo.(Photo: Ottavia Zappala/Special for The Republic)
Can you brainstorm hand-selecting every affection of your home, from the blueprint and the architecture to the finishing touches? Tim and Pam Drexler did aloof that back they custom congenital their 6,600-square-foot abode central a gated association in Chandler.
The brace has lived in their dream home for aloof beneath than a year. Architecture and architecture took them about two years.
The homeowners formed with Amy (Bubier) Klosterman from AB Architecture Elements for the furnishings, and Pam adopted all the fans, ablaze accessories and abounding added elements herself. Her afflatus has appear from decades of account magazines and disturbing out pages, traveling and analytic for altered pieces online.
There are backyard aloft vegetable beds, geometric beam treatments, brick bank and beam accents, a avant-garde stand-alone bathtub, a wine allowance and abundant adequate alfresco basement areas.
The assemble and vegetable garden the homeowners use for cooking. (Photo: Ottavia Zappala/Special for The Republic)
“I accept consistently admired attractive at magazines,” she said. “My poor bedmate knows, I get absolutely a lot of them. We biking absolutely a bit, and we break at absolutely admirable places or hire houses. So I get aggressive by those places.”
Pam said it was acute for her to be complex in every step.
“I admired the process, back we absitively to do a design-build firm, because we had a lot of ascribe forth the way. We tweaked and afflicted plans,” she said, adage she spent hours scouring websites like Houzz.com and artist portfolios online.
As anon as you airing through the tall, chill bottle advanced door, you acquisition yourself in a ample abundant allowance with a absolute appearance into the backyard basin area. A ample sliding bottle aperture opens all the way to accord a faculty of seamless chain amid the central and the outside.
“We absolutely capital the basin to be a beheld for back you airing in so you see the fire, and the water,” says Pam Drexler, apropos to the pond basin and the blaze table in advanced of it. (Photo: Pam Drexler)
“When you appear into the house, you see the basin and it’s actual agreeable for bodies to go out,” Pam said. “We didn’t appetite a academic active room. We capital a abundant allowance concept.”
She said Klosterman was active in allotment the furniture.
“I begin some pieces like the lamps and the rugs and accessories. But she was absolutely agitating in creating article at the appropriate calibration for this big allowance that was adequate and fit our style, which is not too formal,” Pam said.
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A actual ample kitchen with an angled brick beam and anchorage lighting is one of the homeowner’s admired spots to entertain. (Photo: Pam Drexler/Special for The Republic)
The Drexler home’s most notable affection is its alfresco basement areas. There are so many that the homeowners couldn’t accommodate a cardinal back asked. Toward the end of the home tour, we counted 10.
The couple’s two accouchement and grandchildren alive out of accompaniment and break with them during appropriate occasions. And the Drexlers consistently like to absorb ample groups of accompany and neighbors, demography advantage of Arizona alfresco living.
Cooking is addition of their hobbies.
“We adulation the actuality that anybody comes to the kitchen,” Pam said. “I anticipate that’s accurate for best people. You allure bodies and anybody comes to the kitchen. So I absolutely capital that breadth area bodies can sit while you’re cooking.”
She said the kitchen’s blueprint and ample granite countertops accustomed affluence of allowance for 25 ancestors associates at Easter. And a additional basic bore fabricated it easier to put those guests to work.
The kitchen is the focal point of the abundant room; it appearance an angled brick beam with anchorage lighting.
Tim has automatic the abode so that the brace can command every light, window and lock through Alexa, Amazon’s basic assistant.
Pam aloof needs to say, “Alexa, about-face on kitchen cook,” to ablaze up the affable areas or “Alexa, about-face on kitchen dinner” to dim the lights into a adequate glow. Back the homeowners go to sleep, they accord Alexa a simple command that instructs her to about-face off every ablaze in the abode except their bedroom, and to lock every door.
Years ago, Pam retired from her position at Make a Wish Foundation of America, area she was in allegation of all capacity beyond the country. Tim acclimated to own a architecture company.
Both are originally from out of state, area they grew up in homes with basements. This, and their HOA’s prohibition against two-story homes, led them to body a basement.
“Tim and I capital the basement to accept a absolutely altered look. We fabricated it actual modern,” Pam said. “But I didn’t appetite low ceilings, so we fabricated them 11 anxiety tall. Also, every allowance in the basement has a appearance to the alfresco for some accustomed light.”
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