Sited in an eclectic neighborhood in the foothills of a mountain preserve, "Pleats" is a new 1850 SF, 3-sided courtyard house in Phoenix, Arizona. The foundation of the original house was reused and the space was redesigned to fit the bedrooms, including a master suite that was lacking before. A new, gabled volume was added to take in mountain views and provide an indoor-outdoor great room with a perforated metal patio cover to ease the transition from the strong, sunlit exterior to the interior. A garage and workshop is tucked behind the house, completing the 3-sided courtyard.

Aesthetically, the exterior of the house adopt elements of the Saguaro Cactus. The house draws its name, “Pleats,” from the corrugated metal that wraps the gabled volume, reminiscent of the pleated exterior of the cactus. The gabled entry features a patterned, wood rainscreen that evokes the forked ribs of the cactus while the recessed entry is akin to a Saguaro boot, the holes in the giant cacti that many desert animals use as their homes.

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Modern home with Exterior, Stucco Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material. The house draws its name, “Pleats,” from the corrugated metal that wraps the gabled volume, reminiscent of the pleated exterior of the Saguaro cactus. Photo  of PleatsView Photos

The house draws its name, “Pleats,” from the corrugated metal that wraps the gabled volume, reminiscent of the pleated exterior of the Saguaro cactus.

Modern home with Exterior, Stucco Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, House Building Type, and Metal Roof Material. The gabled entry features a patterned, wood rainscreen that evokes the forked ribs of the Saguaro cactus while the recessed entry is akin to a Saguaro boot, the holes in the giant cacti that many desert animals use as their homes. Photo 2 of PleatsView Photos

The gabled entry features a patterned, wood rainscreen that evokes the forked ribs of the Saguaro cactus while the recessed entry is akin to a Saguaro boot, the holes in the giant cacti that many desert animals use as their homes.

Modern home with Exterior, Stucco Siding Material, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, Gable RoofLine, Metal Roof Material, and Wood Siding Material. The recessed entry features a disguised door for guests Photo 3 of PleatsView Photos

The recessed entry features a disguised door for guests

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, House Building Type, Stucco Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, Flat RoofLine, and Gable RoofLine. A disguised door for guests Photo 4 of PleatsView Photos

A disguised door for guests

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Stucco Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material. The entry recessed entry frames the mountain to the north Photo 5 of PleatsView Photos

The entry recessed entry frames the mountain to the north

Modern home with Exterior, Gable RoofLine, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, and Stucco Siding Material. An outdoor shower on the rear gable of the house is used for rinsing off from the pool or after an outdoor excursion, or for a quick wash down for their two rescue dogs Photo 6 of PleatsView Photos

An outdoor shower on the rear gable of the house is used for rinsing off from the pool or after an outdoor excursion, or for a quick wash down for their two rescue dogs

Modern home with Exterior, Gable RoofLine, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type. The L-shaped house plan with a detached garage create a 3 sided courtyard, providing privacy and shade in the urban, desert lot.  A small  pool is the focus of the backyard living Photo 7 of PleatsView Photos

The L-shaped house plan with a detached garage create a 3 sided courtyard, providing privacy and shade in the urban, desert lot. A small pool is the focus of the backyard living

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Hardscapes, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Desert, and Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck. The bedroom wing side of the house on the original foundation was kept low enough to keep views of the mountains to the north, but tall enough to screen the neighbors house across the street Photo 8 of PleatsView Photos

The bedroom wing side of the house on the original foundation was kept low enough to keep views of the mountains to the north, but tall enough to screen the neighbors house across the street

Modern home with Outdoor, Hardscapes, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Desert, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, and Back Yard. A perforated, corrugated metal patio cover provides a transition between the bright desert sun, and the shaded interior of the house Photo 9 of PleatsView Photos

A perforated, corrugated metal patio cover provides a transition between the bright desert sun, and the shaded interior of the house

Modern home with Living Room, Concrete Floor, Sectional, Recessed Lighting, and Pendant Lighting. Natural light is filtered through the perforated, corrugated metal patio shade, creating changing patterns on the exposed aggregate concrete floors in the morning Photo 10 of PleatsView Photos

Natural light is filtered through the perforated, corrugated metal patio shade, creating changing patterns on the exposed aggregate concrete floors in the morning

Modern home with Living Room, Sectional, Recessed Lighting, Concrete Floor, and Pendant Lighting. Aluminum clad, wood sliding doors and clerestory windows bring natural light into the great room Photo 11 of PleatsView Photos

Aluminum clad, wood sliding doors and clerestory windows bring natural light into the great room

Modern home with Living Room, Concrete Floor, Sectional, and Recessed Lighting. A favorite spot for the rescue dogs in the morning is along the window wall, taking in the filtered sun and mountain views to the east Photo 12 of PleatsView Photos

A favorite spot for the rescue dogs in the morning is along the window wall, taking in the filtered sun and mountain views to the east

Modern home with Pendant Lighting and Concrete Floor. A small dining space sits off to the side of the kitchen Photo 13 of PleatsView Photos

A small dining space sits off to the side of the kitchen

Modern home with Concrete Floor, Pendant Lighting, and Recessed Lighting. Walnut cabinets, a black metal clad hood and a combination of stainless steel and marble counter tops make up the material palette of the kitchen Photo 14 of PleatsView Photos

Walnut cabinets, a black metal clad hood and a combination of stainless steel and marble counter tops make up the material palette of the kitchen

Modern home with Recessed Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Concrete Floor. The custom, metal clad hood draws the eye up to the full height of the ceiling Photo 15 of PleatsView Photos

The custom, metal clad hood draws the eye up to the full height of the ceiling

Modern home with Recessed Lighting. Wood floors and a matte black barn door in the master bedroom bring some of the exterior finishes into the house Photo 16 of PleatsView Photos

Wood floors and a matte black barn door in the master bedroom bring some of the exterior finishes into the house

Modern home with Pendant Lighting. The master bathroom features cement tile with a wall hung, walnut vanity with a white quartz counter top. Rounded edge, square mirrors and matte black pendant lights finish off the look Photo 17 of PleatsView Photos

The master bathroom features cement tile with a wall hung, walnut vanity with a white quartz counter top. Rounded edge, square mirrors and matte black pendant lights finish off the look

Modern home with Recessed Lighting. The master bedroom opens up to the pool courtyard Photo 18 of PleatsView Photos

The master bedroom opens up to the pool courtyard

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Gable RoofLine, and Metal Siding Material. The last glimpse of sunlight in the pool courtyard Photo 19 of PleatsView Photos

The last glimpse of sunlight in the pool courtyard

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, House Building Type, Metal Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, Stucco Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, and Metal Roof Material. The gabled volume of the house blocks the harsh, setting sun from the courtyard, creating the ideal space for enjoying the pool after work in the summer  Photo 20 of PleatsView Photos

The gabled volume of the house blocks the harsh, setting sun from the courtyard, creating the ideal space for enjoying the pool after work in the summer

Builder
  • Boxwell Homes
Photographer
Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2019
  • Square Feet
  • 1850
  • Lot Size
  • 9767 SF