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Wilder Road Residence 1

Phoenix, Arizona

For their 1940s red-brick, ranch-style home on an acre lot with a tennis court in an upscale north-central Phoenix neighborhood, the owners wanted to add a family room and update the home to today’s standards while maintaining a harmonious style consistent with the original architecture.


A minimal strategic addition of a small hallway to connect the new family room with the kitchen improved circulation and allowed more practical use of the space.

New front doors feature antique beveled glass. An antique stained-glass window in the family room bay window and antique light fixtures add warmth and character. Silver-leaf panels reminiscent of the 1940s enliven the master bedroom and the barrel-vaulted ceiling of the adjacent bathroom. Enhancing the home’s interior charm is an elaborate tile border design which originated with the homeowners’ love of green tumbled marble, with glass-mosaic tile details.

Outside, a new ramada was created by raising the roof of the garage, demolishing the original walls and constructing new perimeter beams to support the original garage roof. The new ramada makes the courtyard more livable and inviting.


Phoenix Home & Garden, June 2004: “Sitting Pretty: A revamped Ranch-style home remains true to its beginnings.”

Client Testimonial

We love tradition, so we wanted our home to remain true to the spirit of its 1946 beginnings, and become an apt backdrop for our collection of vintage art and antique furnishings. We wanted to do a complete renovation with restoration, as opposed to demolition and starting over. Clyde reclaimed a lot of material and existing fixtures, integrating it with the new. He came up with an abundance of special details, all subtle, which worked well for us.

Because we’re conservative, Clyde sometimes surprised us with his adventurous ideas – but he really respected the history of our home. He did a lot of research and made suggestions in keeping with the time period and style of our home. He was good about listening but also great at brainstorming new ideas. There were times when we changed our initial thoughts and we were really glad we did.

We were amazed at the extent of Clyde’s knowledge of construction and different trades...masonry, stonework, electrical. He can do it all, and has good relationships with his own really talented crew, plus the right relationships with subcontractors.