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Country French – Genuine Panache

When the doors are opened wide and the flickering flames of gas-lit lanterns dance in reflections on the pool, this compact stucco-and-stone Arizona cottage transports its guests. “You really think you’re in the South of France,” architectural consultant Jim Smith says. Maybe that’s because Smith counts France among the European countries in which he’s lived, and builder Jerry Meek visited Provence during construction, returning with fresh ways to foster authenticity. Click on the article or … Read More

6 Actions Your Competition Won’t Do To Earn Client Trust

PROFILES IN EXCELLENCE with Allan Rosenthal of Linear Fine Woodworking “Money is not my client’s problem. Knowing who to trust is. The greatest commodity I think that any company can have is trust with a client. That’s what we strive for.” We asked Allan Rosenthal, leader of the European-style craftsmen at Linear Fine Woodworking, his secret to earning the trust of not only his clients, but also his team of over 20 years. The 3rd-generation woodworker and Phoenix … Read More

5 Ways to Achieve Top Quality Interior Design

PROFILES IN EXCELLENCE with Donna Vallone of Vallone Design DONNA VALLONE WITH HER FAMILY Interior designer Donna Vallone, ASID, Allied, has transitioned from owning Berkley House to ten years of designing interiors for Anne Gale of Wiseman and Gale, the “grand dame” of Southwest luxury design, and back again to owning her own business since 2001 as the president and lead designer of Vallone Design. Leveraging over three decades of design business expertise, Donna Vallone has … Read More

Portfolio Magazine – Understanding Technology in Custom Homes

From digital assistants to fully integrated home automation systems, smart homes and technologically-savvy offices are slowly but surely becoming the standard. Jerry Meek sat down with Portfolio Magazine to talk about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is impacting the way homes and commercial projects are built and being upgraded with cutting edge appliances, renewable energy systems, and artificial intelligence to keep up with the ever-changing, fast-evolving technology landscape. Click on the article or read more here: Portfolio Magazine – Understanding … Read More

4 Questions Answered by a Visionary Arizona Landscape Designer

PROFILES IN EXCELLENCE with Jeff Berghoff of Berghoff Design Group Jeff Berghoff has always had a vision to do things differently. This vision has enabled him to reinvent the concept of custom home gardens so they are not just attractive landscapes, but an experience that is alive with spirit and personality. More recently, Jeff celebrated the premiere of his conceptual photography exhibit Visions of Garden Life where he merged his three loves – Architecture, Garden … Read More

6 Questions Answered by an Arizona Real Estate Icon

PROFILES IN EXCELLENCE with Walt Danley of Walt Danley Realty Celebrating his 40th year in the real estate industry, Walt Danley has led a high-caliber team of realty professionals as President of Walt Danley Realty. With his leadership, the team today is revered as one of Arizona’s premier real estate brokerage firms. Providing world-class service to the crème de la crème of Arizona homeowners, Walt Danley and his real estate associates have proven that hard work, integrity, and an acute sensitivity to … Read More

3 Important Factors to Great Lighting Design in Your Custom Home

PROFILES IN EXCELLENCE with Walter Spitz and The Team at Creative Designs in Lighting The lighting designs of Walter Spitz and The Team at Creative Designs in Lighting are like the silent ninjas of a custom residential project. The light can bend and shift the ambiance of a space, making the environment come alive, but it all happens without you ever noticing its presence. The best lighting designs, according to Spitz, are those that disappear … Read More

Custom Home Builder Profiles in Excellence Walter Spitz Creative Designs in Lighting Desert Star Construction

Realizing the Vision

PROFILES IN EXCELLENCE with Greey | Pickett 5 Rewards of Visionary Landscape Design Russell Greey is an esteemed landscape architect and designer. Together with his business partner, Wendell Pickett, their firm Greey | Pickett excels at delivering custom land planning, architectural theming, landscape architecture, and development strategy services to realize the vision of their clients. The company’s success is derived from a literal hands-on approach both in the office when they draw their designs on the … Read More

5 Rewards of Visionary Landscape Design

PROFILES IN EXCELLENCE with Russell Greey of Greey | Pickett Russell Greey is an esteemed landscape architect and designer. Together with his business partner, Wendell Pickett, their firm Greey | Pickett excels at delivering custom land planning, architectural theming, landscape architecture, and development strategy services to realize the vision of their clients. The company’s success is derived from a literal hands-on approach both in the office when they draw their designs on the drawing board … Read More