Mooney and Sparano’s house glows like a lantern against a backdrop of scrubby oaks, faux colonials, and “wannabe lodges” with more square footage but less eco-cred. The home’s northwest facade, facing the canyon and a 200-acre camp for individuals with disabilities, is glazed with sliding glass doors that open to merge indoors and out.
In the living room, the canyon vistas share center stage with the wood-burning fireplace (attractive despite going through an “awkward phase”) and a rare quarter-grand piano from the late 1800s, a Mooney family heirloom. The polished concrete floors are radiant-heated, powered by a small, highly efficient boiler in the basement.
Sparano works in the dining area, where books about travel, architecture, and food, as well as framed architectural drawings from his grad school days, line the back wall. The hollow glass-walled light fixture is from Ikea; every few months, the family fills it with a different season-inspired item, such as pinecones in the fall and feathers in the winter, as pictured here.