ibarra rosano design architects, tucson

The houses in this Arizona infill development didn't have anywhere to turn. Built on the back sections of deep lots, four of the six face private drives and the fences of nearby buildings. Still, Luis Ibarra and Teresa Rosano, AIA, LEED AP, wanted to make the most of their native city's outdoor living opportunities, so they stretched narrow floor plans around oversized courtyards. Their approach worked, both to sell the spec houses and to win our judges' approval. “The courtyard is the best thing about it,” raved one. “It's a classic Tucson move.”

“The design takes advantage of cool desert nights by letting each house open up into a secure, private space,” Ibarra explains. L-shaped footprints mean nearly every room flows into the courtyard. Concrete block walls finished in white stucco also were inspired by traditional desert building methods, while interiors offer contemporary living with sleek finishes and airy spaces.

principal in charge / project architect: Teresa Rosano, AIA, LEED AP, Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
principal in charge / project designer: Luis Ibarra, Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
general contractor: Page Repp Jr., Repp Design + Construction, Tucson, Ariz.
project size: 2,297 square feet to 2,798 square feet per unit
site size: 1.41 acres
construction cost: $150 per square foot
sales price: Approximately $525,000 per unit
units in project: 6
photography: Bill Timmerman

product specs
bathroom fittings and fixtures: Delta Faucet Co., IKEA; bathroom and kitchen cabinets, hardware, kitchen fixtures: IKEA; countertops: Richlite Co.; dishwasher, oven/range, refrigerator: Electrolux Home Products (Frigidaire); doors: International Door and Latch, Steel Dor; garage doors: The Chamberlain Group (LiftMaster), Kaiser Garage Doors; insulation: Integra Wall System; kitchen fittings: Kohler Co.; lighting fixtures: Nora Lighting; paints/stains/wall finishes: Dunn-Edwards Corp., Frazee Paint; skylights/roof windows: Solar Industries, Solatube International; windows: International Door and Latch