Desert oasis

Water and walls help show off greenery

Paradise Valley, AZ. Old homes are often bulldozed to make way for large estates. But Andrea and Thomas Kotoske chose a more modest approach for their remodel so they could devote plenty of real estate to outdoor living.

Several of the house's walls slide open to fan-cooled terraces. Brightly colored walls and contemporary water features are bold backdrops for desert plants. Large palo verde trees shade the roof and interior rooms, reducing air-conditioning needs. "A masterful juxtaposition of architecture and plants," said a juror.

DESIGN: Steve Martino & Associates, Phoenix ( www.stevemartino.net or 602/957-6150)

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