This Spanish house, in a community just outside Las Vegas, commands a sweeping vista of the Nevada desert and the distant city lights of the famous Strip. Our clients were drawn to the great Mediterranean houses of the Spanish Colonial Revival, which respond so perfectly to the hot climate and the lifestyle of the American West. Special inspiration was found in the great California houses of George Washington Smith and Wallace Neff.
Designed to make maximum use of a difficult triangular site, this house welcomes the visitor through a serene entry courtyard, a beloved hallmark of great Mediterranean residences, here featuring exuberant landscaping, an inviting fountain and a sweeping exterior stair leading to a second floor home office studio. The garden spaces in the front of the property were considered from the outset to be important and useful “outdoor rooms”, picturesque spaces integral to day-to-day living. The house is organized around a gracious vaulted loggia, with fireplace, providing a shady outdoor retreat for living and dining al fresco. The spacious kitchen and Great Room become the center of family life, opening fluidly to the broad back yard, with a generously scaled swimming pool and pool house.