By Matthew Power Designed for empty-nesters, this lavish 3,785-square-foot home was part of a 61-unit subdivision of single-family, move-up product.

Designed around a large great room that takes the place of separate family and living rooms, the plan emphasizes linkage with outdoor spaces. Loggias provide shade and a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor courtyards, and archways create a flow through indoor living spaces.

To satisfy affluent tastes, the home uses a wide range of surfaces and textures. Regional stone, tile, and indigenous woods punctuate the Southwest styling, with a nod to the popular Tuscany theme.

This home was offered for sale at about $800,000, although the developer won't discuss construction costs. Details include reclaimed wood floors and timbers, elaborate moldings, custom cabinetry, marble floors, built-in vanities, and dressers.

Category: Production/Semi-custom, more than 3,000 square feet; Entrant/Architect: Robert Hidey Architects, Irvine, Calif.; Builder: Camelot Homes, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Developer: Grayhawk Development, Scottsdale; Land Planner: Larson, Voss Associates, Scottsdale; Landscape Architect: Burton Landscape Architecture, Solana Beach, Calif.; Interior Designer: Design Line Interiors, San Diego

Photo: Mark Bosclair Photography

Complimentary Curves

The use of archways became a major theme in the home, but those radiused curves would look out of place if not tied in with other elements. The architect's solution: curved granite countertops, circular lighting fixtures, and well-placed downlighting that throws an arc of light on walls.

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