For this project, chiseled stones from Arizona, selected to withstand local conditions, have been used for sections of the exterior. The same stones form the stone pillars of the interior, and the ceiling-height fireplace surround in the great room.
Other natural materials used for the interior include travertine, hickory, redwood, cherry wood and alder. In the great room, alder is used for the custom-made coffered ceiling; the flooring comprises hickory planks and the entertainment center cabinetry is custom made from cherry wood.
The great room opens to the entertainment area and the kitchen, where cherry wood cabinetry has been topped with a dark green marble, and offset by large travertine floor tiles. Key to the look is the stainless steel feature range hood, which continues the home's contemporary theme, says Knecht.
In the master bathroom, marble floor tiles and vanity tops imported from Italy are paired with cherry wood cabinetry. The walk-in shower incorporates a sit-down shower bench.
The basement, comprising a home theater, billiard room and two bedrooms, provides direct access to an infinity edge pool and spa. From the pool a series of waterfalls and fountains leads down to a fire pit and seating area.