Floor Plan

Designed by P/K Architecture of Minneapolis, in collaboration with Mark LaLiberte, the Desert Comfort Experience Home connects its owners with the surrounding desert landscape. It also shelters them from an environment characterized by hot, dry summers, monsoon rains, and temperatures that swing dramatically from day to night.

The single-level, open floor plan is designed is with generous glazing and outdoor rooms that encourage occupants to spend more time outside, maximize natural light, and optimize expansive views of the desert; large roof overhangs provide architectural interest and passive cooling as they shade windows and patio doors, while also providing a generous surface area for a rooftop solar array.

The floor plan includes an Owner’s suite with a private patio, a guest bedroom, a home office fitted with a Murphy bed to easily convert into an additional bedroom, and a private guest casita. Comfortable and accessible indoor and outdoor living areas feature fireplaces and entertainment centers. The home is surrounded by native landscaping, while the owners enjoy the convenience of a whole-house connected/smart home system.

“Having spent much of my youth in the Sonoran Desert, I'm forever drawn to the beauty and stillness of the Arizona landscape. Our design for Desert Comfort takes inspiration from the amazing site, the textures of the desert and the changing colors of the sky to create harmony within the home." — Kristine Anderson, Principal/Designer, P/K Architecture

The Location: North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz., Tonto Hills sits at approximately 3,700 feet above sea level, where residents enjoy cleaner air and cooler temperatures than the valley below and spectacular views of distant mountain ranges and is flanked by the Tonto National Forest to the north and west.


Products That Built

Mark LaLiberte is the co-founder and president of Construction Instruction Inc., in Denver, the leading provider of building science education in the U.S.
Brad Leavitt is the president and founder of A Finer Touch Construction (AFT Construction), a Scottsdale-based luxury residential and commercial builder.
Michael Rockwell is a Landscape Architect and President of the Azul-Verde Design Group, a landscape architecture firm in Cave Creek, Ariz.
Peterssen/Keller (P/K) Architecture is an award-winning full-service architecture and design firm based in Minneapolis that specializes in custom homes, lofts, cabins and boutique commercial projects.