Mountain Views All Around

Mountain Views All Around
Mountain Views All Around
A modern farmhouse befitting its desert setting.

An intentional mashup of traditional and modern design. A blend of old and new with both rustic and refined touches. In the desert.

Several multi-slide doors appear in the Modern Farmhouse in Phoenix.
Several multi-slide doors appear in the Modern Farmhouse in Phoenix.
With the two multi-slide doors opened, the kitchen/dining/living space becomes one with the outdoors.
With the two multi-slide doors opened, the kitchen/dining/living space becomes one with the outdoors.

That’s the Modern Farmhouse in a nutshell. The 7,500-square-foot home in Paradise Valley is a fun amalgam of styles that makes the most of indoor-outdoor living and, of course, the amazing views of Phoenix’s two major urban mountains: Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak.

“Indoor-outdoor living was a top priority for the design of this home.” Tom Knutson, principal, K2 Signature Homes
A seamless merging between the indoors and outside.
A seamless merging between the indoors and outside.
Arizona sunshine fills the master suite.
Arizona sunshine fills the master suite.

It’s why Western Window Systems is such a good fit for the Modern Farmhouse, designed by architect Richard Doria and built by K2 Signature Homes.

The spacious, modern kitchen is just one stunning aspect of the Modern Farmhouse.
The spacious, modern kitchen is just one stunning aspect of the Modern Farmhouse.
Western Window Systems casement windows provide a view from the kitchen sink.
Western Window Systems casement windows provide a view from the kitchen sink.

“Indoor-outdoor living was a top priority for the design of this home,” says Tom Knutson, principal at K2 Signature Homes. “We incorporated a large covered patio with the interior tile flooring continuing to the exterior so as to blur the line between inside and outside. This works perfectly on a quiet, breezy day or during a large gathering.”

A wall of fixed and awning windows.
A wall of fixed and awning windows.
A hinged door and several windows provide a welcoming entry to the guest house.
A hinged door and several windows provide a welcoming entry to the guest house.

Three 12-foot-wide, three-panel Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors create that seamless transition, both in the great room and the master suite. Two of the pocketing multi-slides open to a huge covered outdoor living space, which backs up to a swimming pool and uncovered sitting area complete with fireplace. The master suite multi-slide leads to an auxiliary backyard patio and grassy yard beyond it.

The clean aesthetic of Western Window Systems’ hinged windows is on display.
The clean aesthetic of Western Window Systems’ hinged windows is on display.
An exterior look at the guest house.
An exterior look at the guest house.

In the front of the house, three sets of 5-foot-wide Series 900 Hinged Doors open to a courtyard-style patio outfitted with another fireplace. In the main entryway is a 5-foot-wide Series 980 Pivot Door flanked by two columns of four fixed windows. Elsewhere in the home are dozens of Series 670 Casement Windows of numerous shapes and sizes, including some as wide as 8 feet and as tall as 5 feet.

A wall of windows bathes the master bathroom with natural light.
A wall of windows bathes the master bathroom with natural light.
When it’s 110 degrees outside, we wanted the A/C to stay in and the heat to stay out.” Tom Knutson, principal, K2 Signature Homes
Multi-slides open to a huge covered outdoor living space.
Multi-slides open to a huge covered outdoor living space.

“You’d think that with three multi-slide door systems, a large pivot door, and all the patio doors and operable windows that the building would leak like a sieve,” says Knutson, referring to the energy efficiency of Western Window Systems’ products. “But these doors and windows do a great job of keeping the building tight. When it’s 110 degrees outside, we wanted the A/C to stay in and the heat to stay out.”

Fixed windows let in copious amounts of Phoenix sunlight.
Fixed windows let in copious amounts of Phoenix sunlight.
A trio of hinged double doors in the front of the house.
A trio of hinged double doors in the front of the house.
Indoor-outdoor living at its finest.
Indoor-outdoor living at its finest.

In addition to the three-bedroom, three-bathroom main building, a quaint guest house on the property includes a 3-foot-wide Series 900 Hinged Door accented by a stack of three Series 670 Casement Windows and a Series 670 Awning Window.

A massive pivot door greets visitors to the dramatic front entry.
A massive pivot door greets visitors to the dramatic front entry.
The double doors open to a front-yard patio.
The double doors open to a front-yard patio.

“From our perspective, we could’ve saved money by cobbling together a system of doors and windows from other brands that may not have the same quality fit and finish as Western Window Systems, but that’s not worth it to us,” says Knutson. “Western Window Systems helps us achieve our goals of high quality and high style at a price point that does not exceed the point of diminishing returns.”

The Modern Farmhouse at twilight.
The Modern Farmhouse at twilight.
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