Inspired by his father’s love of flying, C.P. Drewett of Drewett Works takes The Crusader, a ground-up home at The Estancia Club, to mesmerizing new heights.
Nestled within The Estancia Club, The Crusader, a new build by Drewett Works, has views of Black Mountain, Pinnacle Peak and endless stretches of dramatic desert terrain. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF ZARUBA
When working in creative fields like architecture and interior design, receiving awards from peers in the industry is always wonderful validation that you’re doing something right. With that in mind, The Crusader—a stunning new build by Drewett Works that’s received numerous accolades—is a winner. But making a parent proud trumps receiving even the shiniest of trophies.
While the exterior of the home is more extreme architecturally, inside, an abundance of natural stone creates warmth and provides a feeling of protection from the outdoors. “The dining room is enveloped with stone so it has a really amazing grounded sense,” Drewett explains. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF ZARUBA
In the great room, subdued, streamlined furnishings selected by Ownby Design let the architecture and views shine PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF ZARUBA
“This house is a tribute to my dad,” says C.P. Drewett, president and founding architect of Drewett Works, of the home, whose design is based of aviation. “My dad, who was terminally ill when this project came to me, was a Marine Corps aviator and flew jets. All the planes on aircraft fold their wings and have these really cool [folds]. I really played off of that with the architecture. What was going on in my life is really where this thing began.”
Sunlight streams into the guest bathroom. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF ZARUBA
Using aviation and the client’s request for something “grabbing and defying,” Drewett and his team got to work creating the four-bedroom, 4 ½-bathroom home. Because the corner lot site is adjacent to a golf course, privacy was of utmost concern. That’s where the home’s dramatic angles came into play. “The direct angles were crafted to really harness views, but also protect from onlookers,” says Drewett. And while the metal roof has a sharp, almost intimidating presence from the outside, the home’s interior—and the roof’s underside—has the opposite effect. “I really like the duality of the wings having two surfaces,” he says. “One protects you from the desert environment and the underside sort of warms it up and give you a sense of place and a sense of home.”
The fireplace serves as a central anchor in the great room PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF ZARUBA
Organic materials, such as limestone tile flooring, natural stone and Macassar ebony wood, and a color palette that complements the views help connect the home to its location while creating warmth, while the large windows and glass doors seamlessly connect indoors and outdoors.
A fireplace and lounge chairs transform the primary bedroom into a peaceful sanctuary. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF ZARUBA
Although Drewett’s father, Pat, passed away before the home was complete, he was able to see the renderings. “He couldn’t talk but he gave me some good thumbs-up,” he shares. “Not everyone gets to pay this type of tribute to their dad. I feel really fortunate.”
Looking toward the patio, the home’s aerodynamic architecture is on full display. “The fireplace helps protect the patio from visibility from the road,” says Drewett. “It provides this kind of safe harbor PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF ZARUBA
Claire Ownby and Dee Radziunaite,
Glen Ernst, Peak Ventures Inc.
Chad Norris, High Desert Designs
Artificial plants throughout
Classic Custom Upholstery
Living room sofas
Curtains and blinds throughout