Summerlin mansion built to showcase art

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The art of exhibiting art is masterfully orchestrated at the Custom Estate by Graeme Laronge and Alice Chen.

Located in Indigo at The Ridges, 58 Crested Cloud Way incorporates oversized gallery corridors to showcase the couple’s artwork and collectibles. The 10,090 square foot single story property is being sold for $12.5 million by Rob Jensen, owner/broker of Rob Jensen Co.

“I have an extensive collection of memorabilia that I wanted to display,” said Graeme Laronge, founder and CEO of Hawks Tixx LLC, a company specializing in the sale of concert and sports tickets. “That’s why it was important to have multiple alcoves in the hallways and plenty of space for shelves and walls.”

The signature artistic design element is one of many that award-winning architect Richard Luke, President of Richard Luke Architects PC, has incorporated into the property

“I don’t like calling them corridors,” Luke said. “I create much wider traffic areas that are 8 or 10 feet wide.”

Luke introduces dramatic 17-foot-tall galleries with white walls and strategically placed art niches. A top set of clerestory windows accent the alcoves with natural light. At night, integrated lighting provides visual presentation.

“The walls are white and light,” Luke said. “It’s a nice contrast to the artwork.”

The couple bought the property in late 2017 after a thorough search for a private spot for their family to enjoy. The 1 acre lot was ideal as it backed onto a park with no side neighbors.

“We wanted to raise our family in Summerlin,” Laronge said. “We didn’t want a golf course property because we wanted the extra privacy for our kids when they play in the backyard.”

The Indigo neighborhood limits construction to single-story buildings, and the couple wanted to take full advantage of the lot. They envisioned a home with additional underground square footage by incorporating a walk-in basement and three-car garage.

“Knowing we couldn’t build, we wanted to maximize space,” Laronge said. “The basement is designed for parties and special events where we have access to the pool on the main level but also allow kids to play or watch movies in the basement.”

When looking for an architect to design the house, challenges arose. It took the pair nine months to find the right team that could overcome the technical and structural obstacles needed to realize their overall vision.

“We were working on plans with another gentleman who was having trouble figuring out the underground parking lot,” Laronge said. “We reached out to another engineer and introduced Richard Luke. Luckily he was able to find solutions to bring our vision to light.”

After Luke joined the team, the pair had an initial plan within 48 hours, which completed the design within a month.

“A design is pretty quick for me,” Luke said. “I came up with a design concept in about half an hour after sitting down with the homeowner and hearing all of their wishes.”

Construction began in 2018 with Unique Custom Homes as general contractor. The project took three and a half years to complete.

In addition to the gallery corridors, the home’s distinctive architecture presents a dramatic artistic expression throughout the property.

“The lot helps make the design unique,” Luke said. “This particular lot is pie shaped, so I was able to flank the exterior of the lot lines and open up the lot with a courtyard.”

Developed as a family home, the design integrates two exclusive sleeping corridors; a primary suite wing and a children’s wing.

The children’s wing includes a multi-generational suite with a separate entrance and living area. Each wing faces an inner courtyard.

“One of the unique elements of this design is the courtyard and separate wings,” Luke said. “The children can go out of their bedrooms into the yard, which is completely fenced. They can play there while the owner watches them from his office.”

An oversized glass entrance opens into the expansive main living area with 17 foot ceilings and incredible views of the outdoor pool and lush backyard.

“I’ll be happy to take you through a courtyard to the entrance,” Luke said. “As soon as you open the door it’s a wow room with high ceilings, windows and a sliding door. They can take up the entire width of the house.”

Striking white walls, voluminous 4-foot light gray porcelain stoneware flooring underscore its elegant, comfortable aesthetic. A floor-to-ceiling Stardust Hydro black granite fireplace surround adds striking contrast to the space.

“I love the volume, light and airiness when you enter the house,” Luke said. “And the color scheme they chose is a very neutral contemporary palette, black and white with light gray floors.”

One of the outstanding features of the house is the functional, spacious design. The open space encourages entertaining as it flows seamlessly from the entrance to the courtyard, living room, kitchen and outdoor pool deck. A central 34-foot automatic glass door seamlessly opens the expansive space to the outside.

“The sliding door opens directly onto the pool,” Luke said. “When the doors are open, the transition between inside and outside is barely perceptible. You can just flow in and out.”

The home’s sleek kitchen reinforces the contemporary aesthetic with flat screens. A central wall of white European-style cabinets contrasts with the black perimeter wall of cabinets. The anchor of the space is a central 12-foot island with a waterfall edge that features a white countertop on a black base.

The main kitchen serves as a showpiece, while the adjoining prep kitchen performs the function of food preparation. The intimate hidden kitchen features a stovetop, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, sink and prep space.

“If someone comes to visit me, I don’t have to worry about a messy kitchen,” said Alice Chen. “With four children there are endless dishes. This is where the dirty dishes go.”

The entrance to the sophisticated master suite is a monumental 4-foot, 11-inch wide door. Inside, the floor-to-ceiling black granite fireplace surround adds a striking element to the contrasting white space.

“I like classic and timeless,” Chen said of the color palette. “Also, it’s good to have a white base color. It’s like having a canvas where everyone can do their own thing.”

The primary bathroom is a luxurious retreat. It features a central freestanding Kohler tub, oversized steam shower with black porcelain surround, floating his-and-hers vanities with black flat panels, standalone vanity counter with beverage center, walk-in closet with built-ins, and an adjoining laundry room.

A unique feature of the primary bath is the intelligent Japanese singing toilets. The high-tech toilets offer self-cleaning functions, automatic seats, music and integrated lighting. The couple spent $30,000 on three toilets.

“The singing Japanese toilets were a must for us,” Laronge said. “Having spent a lot of time in Asia, they are very common in five-star hotels.”

The walk-in basement features 12-foot ceilings, an open theater with integrated RGB lighting, a game room, wet bar, and wine room. The third floor-to-ceiling black fireplace surround in the home draws attention. The bright room opens to an outdoor terrace with access to the upper level. It also accesses an underground three car garage.

“Again, we’ve stuck to separate corridors and divided the three-car garages,” Laronge said. “There is a three car garage at street level and an underground three car garage.”

Other highlights include seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, elevator, office, Control4 home automation, integrated sound system, central vacuum, gated driveway and three laundry rooms.

The exclusive Indigo community consists of 28 single-story residential buildings. Residents have access to the 9,000 square foot Club Ridges with a state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming pools and tennis facilities.

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