Meticulous craftsmanship, design provide the perfect place for a collector
Entering the foyer of Cascade, a 13,500-square-foot home in The Summit Club, is like walking into a five-star, luxury boutique hotel.
Walls are paneled with high-gloss stone that was quarried from Jean, then butterflied, polished and symmetrically placed.
An art piece doubles as a hidden closet. White orchids on a center table are proportionately arranged. The only thing absent is the concierge desk.
When Scott Acton, CEO and founder of Forte Specialty Contractors, compares the craftsmanship details of the home to that of a Swiss Watch, the metaphor is visible in every direction.
Clean lines, neutral tones, upholstered walls, millwork and symmetry work in concert with the living room’s pristine furniture in hues of white and off white, a contrast to the abstract paintings rich in color and depth. The grand piano is placed near the floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the golf course and the desert beyond. Travertine floors run the length of the home, in some cases, covering interior and exterior walls.
For this level of execution and materials, the owners, an art collector and his wife, turned to a team of professionals known for high-end work in the commercial realm, including projects at the Wynn and Encore and upscale nightclubs, bars, shopping boutiques and restaurants.
“We really deal with all the senses,” Acton says. “It’s about the acoustics. It’s about the smell, the comfort, the feeling. It’s really evoking an emotion.”
Inside the four-bedroom, eight-bathroom home (with two garages holding as many as six cars), rooms are designed for the blue-chip art they feature. They flow into one another: The fireplace of the living room is shared with the dining room, an opening in the center of the wall making each room visible to the other.
An onyx bar is visible across the hall from the dining room. Rooms along the wide hallway, running from one end of the home to another, were placed with symmetrical exactitude. Linear diffusers along the entire length of the ceiling, create balance and separation of space. Fabrics, stone, metal and wood meet flawlessly throughout. As Acton says, “There is no room for error.”
Architect Brett Robillard began by designing each room with impeccable detail for its intended purpose, then afterward, arranged the spaces into a collective whole, dividing the home in half by its public and private spaces — a distinction made by a trio of small steps in the hallway, designed to scale down the space that leads to the master bedroom, office and second-floor guest suites.
“The biggest challenge with such a large composition was ensuring that it was proportional, balanced and comfortable,” Robillard says.
The other intention, was to open it up to nature, and Robillard did this through strategic use of windows, not only floor-to-ceiling, but connected at corner walls to extend the feeling of open space. Shadows and light streams were intentionally created to give a sense of timeless architecture.
Outside, the house merges with fluctuations of the landscape. From the view on the greens, the steel-framed structure appears modular, cascading from one end to the other with rooms extending outward, rather than flush with the side of the house.
The geometrically structured, multilevel terrace in back includes a sunken seating area around a fireplace, a pool and an outdoor dining area, stepping up to an outdoor kitchen and bar.
Planters set into the travertine floors offer shade and meld with the desert landscape for miles around. Rather than ending the home and property abruptly, geometric planters, stonework and landscaping are positioned gradually outward to blend with the environment.
While a view of The Strip from the home’s interior was not important to the owners, it is on full display from the back terrace — far from Cascade, a remote escape catering to comfort and taste through balance and symmetry.