l Hansen Residence|
CDG Architects, Ltd.
2102 N. Country Club Road, #9, Tucson, AZ 85716
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date Bid: Mar 2011 Construction Period: Apr 2011 to Dec 2011
Total Square Feet: 3,175 Site: 8,400 square feet.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 850; first floor, 2,325; total, 3,175
Building Height: Garage & house, 10’6”; total with parapet,
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU. Roof:
Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal
General Contractor: Gipson Corwin Homes - 9988 N. Clayton Road,
Marana, AZ 85653
Landscape Architect: Turner Design LLC - 4930 N. Calle la Vela,
Tucson, AZ 85718
Paul Rosado and Mia Hansen have shared a three-bedroom house since July
1995, using two bedrooms as separate sleeping quarters and the third as
a shared office. They looked for several years to purchase a home in
midtown Tucson, but did not find one that suited their specific needs.
When the house next door became available for purchase, the couple made
a decision to buy it and see if they could create the space they needed.
Frank Mascia, FAIA, of CDG Architects was selected as architect because
of the home he designed and built on an infill lot for his own family.
He was the first architect to appreciate the separation that Paul and
Mia have in their lifestyles. Mascia's immediate recommendation was to
demolish the existing structure and start with a clean site. He worked
closely with Paul and Mia to design a home that would meet their
domestic, professional and social goals.
Situating the new house at the rear of the lot eliminated the typical
backyard and created a compound surrounding an interior courtyard that
greets guests once access is granted via remote controlled entry gate.
The open living/cooking/dining area is flanked by two sleeping/office
wings, with guest quarters accessed off the central courtyard. Mia, a
dancer by training, desired ample room to move about within her office,
listen to music and readily access the larger living space. Paul wanted
the ability to seal himself off from the rest of the house. His office
was placed adjacent to the gated street entrance.
Mia enjoys entertaining large groups and specifically desired a strong
indoor-outdoor connection between the great room and the shaded
landscaped courtyard and covered patio. The 10-foot great room ceiling
joists continue to rise out over the patio; eight foot aluminum sliding
glass doors mounted off the floor partition the indoor from outdoor
space. Natural light streams into the main living space through these
"windows" which are easily opened for natural ventilation, also
requested by the couple. The central kitchen is a focal point of the
home, and is ideal for entertainment functions. Wheelchair accessibility
throughout the home was a significant factor for Mia's brother who is a
frequent guest and active participant in social functions.
Living busy, independent lives, the couple chose materials that would
require minimum upkeep, including exposed energy-efficient Integra block
walls, polished concrete floors and metal flashings at the roof lines.
Color is also very important to the project. The "stucco" portions of
the home's exterior are painted deep shades of red and purple, well
juxtaposed against the exposed concrete block and the galvanized metal
flashing and fencing. Colored paint is used sparingly at the interior,
with the furnishings, artwork and linens providing vibrancy.
The construction occurred during 2011 - not the best of financial times.
Although commodity prices were peaking and materials were being
delivered with fuel surcharges, the Rosada Hansen project was one of
only a few homes under construction in the Tucson Metro area. The
cooperation of the trades was exceptional and the finest craftsmen were
available to construct the home.
Insulated Metal Panel: Centria
Flooring: Stonepeak Ceramic, Mohawk Carpet
Lighting: Gardco, Day-Brite, Lite-Control, Kenall