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A splash of black in a sea of pink and white, this Phoenix ranch house stands out from the crowd with a decidedly modern take on desert style. Cynthia Steinman came across the outdated and termite-infested ranch house and immediately envisioned a modern desert home she could sell. With the help of architect Eric Spry, it evolved into a strong and clean design. "We just wanted to clear the dance floor," says Spry of the home's new look.

Steinman loved the house so much, she moved right in. "I'm not supposed to get emotionally attached," she says. "But when it was done, we put it on the market, and a week later I just couldn't sell it."

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Who lives here: Cynthia Steinman

Location: Phoenix

Size: 1,500 square feet; 3 bedrooms

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Photography: Christopher Barr Photography

When Steinman and Spry first saw the home, they knew right away that the site dictated a clean, modern style. The black exterior was inspired by a house Steinman saw in a magazine. Rusted steel, including a water-cut address plate, provides the only color out front.


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