By Ela Sathern By Ela Sathern | December 13, 2021 | Home & Real Estate Feature East Valley
A desert contemporary model home by Toll Brothers in Gilbert was the perfect match for this family of four. Designed by Est Est Inc., the move-in-ready home quickly became their forever home.
“From the moment we first toured the Toll Brothers Cholla model home in Whitewing at Germann, we fell in love with the home and it was love at first sight,” says Steve, the homeowner. “Everything was so perfectly thought out. It felt like it was designed specifically with our family in mind.” To complement Arizona’s beautiful desert setting, Toll Brothers (tollbrothers.com; tollarchitecture.com) selected desert contemporary architecture and materials for The Cholla openconcept floor plan that flows seamlessly to the outdoor living spaces, providing the perfect home for entertaining. In suit, interior designer Jelena Martic of Est Est Inc. (estestinc.com) created a contemporary feel geared toward future design trends, keeping the functionality of each space in mind. “The overall theme was using organic materials and textures mixed in with clean, contemporary design elements,” she says. “Inspiration was to create a seamless transition in fusing indoor with outdoor living. Pops of colors in secondary spaces were brought in to give character to the function of each space.”
Metropolis Gray Quartz countertops from Arizona Tile (arizonatile.com) make a statement in the kitchen.
A centrally located great room with a grand yet understated linear fireplace sets the tone for this living space for multigenerational entertaining. “Simple clean lines of the gray porcelain tile fireplace are juxtaposed [with] cream-colored split-faced stone,” says Martic. “Strategically placed down lighting accentuates the texture and horizontal lines of the split-faced stone. Moreover, this cream-colored stone sets the stage for custom asymmetrical walnut wood shelving to display a collection of uniquely shaped white vases.” The black lacquer-on-walnut bookcase wall was designed with form and function in mind. “Featuring shelving for books and collectibles, the bookcase creates a focal point for the space including drawers, a workstation and a whimsical metal ladder while enhancing the storage space of the home,” she says. “Its open design provides organization and a vast amount of space to place books or accent objects.”
The garden is filled with seasonal produce for fresh home cooking; the welcoming entrance; the backyard paradise, perfect for entertaining.
“My wife, Laurie, and I most enjoy having dinner parties with family and friends,” says Steve. “Our favorite part of the home is the stunning kitchen area with the immaculate wine cellar that allows everyone to gather and enjoy a wonderful time together… while leading out to the infinity-edge pool and outside barbecue through the breathtaking sliding glass doors that allow for spectacular indoor-outdoor living.”
Making the border between the interior and exterior seamless, zero-corner pocket sliding glass doors and oversize windows were used. Creative Environments (creativeenvironments.com) created an outdoor space one dreams of with innovative ideas to be enjoyed from the pool to the garden. “Our son, Danny, and daughter, Emmy, love picking fresh seasonal produce from our garden to help cook and eat,’’ says Steve. “And they are experts at making s’mores with their friends in our backyard fire pit.” As for the kids’ bedrooms, Steve notes the colors and themes of their individual rooms match their personalities perfectly. “With the variety of colorful futuristic design elements inside and out,” adds Martic, “this home provides the perfect environment for multigenerational living and entertaining.”
Photography by: BY JOSHUA CALDWELL, TOLL BROTHERS