Arcadia Classic Ranch with Pool House
(An INstagram story)
A photo of pool house went viral on Instagram, winning appreciation from tastemakers and design bloggers. An Atlanta-based couple was smitten with the photo of the pool house, and even more smitten with the idea of moving to Phoenix. Less than a month later, the couple was thrilled to hold a key to the front door.
Landscape Architecture: Jeff Berghoff, Berghoff Design Group
Interior designer: Jennifer Ferrandi
This ranch home was built in 2003, and was already showing wear. The rooms were small, the ceilings low, and the finishes were dated. Perhaps worst, the covered patios obstructed views of Camelback Mountain. Vista General worked with top talent to recreate the home as a gem of Arcadia.
So before we began the renovation, we re-imagined the outdoor living space with designer Jeff Berghoff. As with most homes in Arcadia, the prized goal is a view of Camelback Mountain. This home is special because it had the potential to offer head-to-tail views of the mountain. To bring this view to reality, we re-routed power lines and removed covered patios.
The final step was to rethink the backyard for outdoor entertaining. The new pool and pool house open to the north. Now during casual evenings with family or formal entertaining with guests, the mountain is perfectly framed.
There is a temptation to overbuild a pool house, almost with expectation that it would be as grand as the home itself. For this project, we worked deliberately in the other direction: towards beautiful simplicity.
Too often laundry rooms are hidden in the far corners of a home. Rarely will you have adequate lighting and space for daily chores.
For this home, we unapologetically made the laundry room accessible from the major living space. We gifted the room with large windows and plenty of task lighting. Then we selected hardworking surfaces that will weather well with time: stone counters and brick floors.
Our hope for this house is that it would be a perfect home for a growing family. Here we built a “homework nook” between adjacent bedrooms. Note that in this photo, the first homework on display here is the landscape design from our good friends at Berghoff Design Group.
We were unable to source open shelves that matched the character of our home, so we designed and built our own.
Off the family room and kitchen is a transition to the outdoor entertaining spaces and pool. We chose to reimagine this standard transition area into something fun and flirty. We added a Dutch door, wine storage, and a wet bar.
The original home had a sufficient pool in reasonable condition. However, it split the back yard into two spaces, neither of which was useful or inviting.
So we began again, and placed the new pool and pool house on the south end of the yard. This placement accomplishes quite a bit.
First, the pool house provides the backyard privacy from the adjacent street. Second, the pool is adjacent to the master suite. So every day begins and ends with a view of the blue water. Finally, any activity in the pool or pool house gestures your view to the north to Camelback mountain.