With help from architect Jonah Busick of Foundry12, designer Joel Contreras gave his 1927 bungalow in Phoenix’s Coronado Historic District a modern makeover. Now, the 800-square-foot house has two “faces,” one that preserves the past and another that celebrates contemporary design.
At just under 500 square feet, the micro-apartments at White Stone Studios feature design-savvy yet budget-conscious solutions like bare concrete floors and translucent curtains that break up the space while still letting in light.
At the base of Echo Mountain, this geometric home by Wendell Burnette celebrates its desert siting with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the landscape and a stepped garden of native plants.
College buddies turned design partners Jay Atherton and Cy Keener built themselves a sleek, minimalist house using concrete from everything from exterior bricks to interior flooring.
It took a few tweaks for residents Lisa Sette and Peter Shikany and to transform Marwan Al-Sayed’s poetic House of Earth + Light into a temperate place to live, but the house retains its dramatic silhouette.