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Wilder Road Residence 2

Phoenix, Arizona

Over the years, this home, an early 1950s Cliff May-designed ranch house in an elegant north-central neighborhood, had been subject to several additions of varying quality. The redesign sought to add new space, integrate the former additions into a cohesive residence and embrace the large one-acre lot with tennis court.

Minimal and strategic additions allowed the client to economically preserve the former additions to the home while respecting the architecture of the original. The new remodel unified major areas of the home and preserved the most significant aspects of the Craftsman style, including a new cedar-shake roof, exposed rafter tails, tongue-and-groove sheathing and a custom-designed, flame-finished copper fireplace with a flagstone hearth and mahogany mantle.


The new design added significant volume by raising the roof, which was lifted over two feet by a home mover, while new exterior load-bearing walls were built. The roof was then lowered and fastened to the new load-bearing walls. In the process, a beam that had divided the living room into small areas was also removed, opening and unifying the space. A new groined barrel vault with an eyebrow dormer window in the family room adds character and admits light.

Client Testimonial

Our old house was functionally obsolete, but by working with the existing home, ended up with a house that’s got the warmth of a vintage house, but is very modern and updated.

Clyde’s ingenious plan of raising the roof allowed us to have a beautiful tongue and groove ceiling, which was an amazing piece of craftsmanship. It was a leap of faith but we were profoundly confident in his talent.

Clyde’s a talented designer, but since he’s also a builder, he’s able to frame workable choices. So instead of feeling overwhelmed and trying to select things in isolation, he gave us options. I’ve noticed over time that the things he suggested are the things I’m really in love with.