Phoenix-CMU Block Mid Century Home Design

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For the CMU Block Mid Century Home Design, we developed for a modern Home design. We have enjoyed working with a various building materials.

At Myles Nelson McKenzie Design, we felt CMU block (concrete masonry unit) worked really well for our modern mid century home design. This new home project was designed for the desert landscape of Phoenix.

The project site was fairly flat. But it did have a dry creek that filled up during the monsoon season.

Exterior Wall Structure

For the exterior walls, we use a heavy aggregate polish face masonry block. Rather than, using the traditional building method of wood framed walls.

Frank Lloyd Wright had used the same material for a few of his desert project designs in the greater phoenix area. For example the Harold C. Price Sr. House is a great presentation of a mid-century designed home with CMU masonry block 

The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix Arizona also used a beautiful polished face CMU block for the dining hall structure at their hospital. Its such an appropriate building material to use against the harsh desert environment.

We really like the exposed polished aggregate stone in the concrete masonry block for the walls. For the garage to residence breeze-way and our residence entry walls. The block was made as a see-thru square masonry block pattern.

Custom CMU Masonry Block For The Breezeway And Entry.

Features of the Phoenix-CMU Block Mid Century Home Design

For the custom Mid-Century home design from Myles Nelson McKenzie Design, We designed it as a two story split level home design. The main living room, dining room, kitchen and laundry room are on the main floor level with two side entrances. One from the front entry and office. The other from the open breezeway from the 3 car garage. A partially enclosed tall patio area is located in front of the living room and second floor loft area. Its designed to protect the inhabitants from the heat of the desert sun.

Because of the very tall and large two story open space in the main floor living area, their a spiral staircase that leads to the loft that is above the living room. Outside space of the loft has it’s own exterior second floor covered deck space.

The bedroom wing is sunken into the earth a few feet that provides tall room heights. Each bedroom is a master suite style design with it’s full bath and walk-in closet.

Working with so many home styles and materials, its always interesting to try another building process, you learn so much!

Presentation Plans for the Phoenix-CMU Block Mid Century Home Design

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Whether it’s time to remodel, add an addition to your home or build a new home, contact Myles Nelson McKenzie Design. We would enjoy discussing your project with you and developing a design that will suit your needs.

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