Sol retreat is a new build house on a vacant lot in the Willo Historic District in midtown Phoenix. Inspired by the southwestern urban vernacular of the courtyard house, we designed the home to both embrace and escape the sun and the city.
The Ranch Mine
The Ranch Mine is a husband & wife architecture firm that specializes in designing homes for people with the pioneer spirit, the dreamers and seekers who see home as more than just a house. In 2009, Cavin Costello received his Masters degree in Architecture and made the drive to Phoenix, Arizona sight unseen, inspired by the complexities and opportunities to be had in the rapidly urbanizing southwest. He had not yet been a full day in Phoenix when he met Claire Costello, then Claire Aton, a Phoenix native looking to make the most of her recent move back home. The two quickly bonded over their ideals of the built environment, how to improve upon it and its ability to influence.
Our clients see home as a place that roots you in your community, provokes curiosity and exploration, and emboldens you to do more of what you love. Equipped with our national award-winning experience and your desires, we design homes to honor the past, challenge the norm, and inspire the future. The majority of our work is comprised of infill houses (new build houses on vacant lots) and significant renovations and additions to modest ranch houses, mid-century modern homes and historic properties.
Canal House is a new build home inspired by the forms of the missions in southern Arizona on a left over, irregularly shaped vacant lot along the Arizona Canal. The house opens out from the interior spaces to courtyards shaded by the geometry and layout of the design that provide additional living areas at different times of day.