Located high above the Las Vegas Valley, where the famed Desert Inn Road meets the mountains, The Ridges, a luxury home enclave in the master-planned community of Summerlin®, is aptly named. The area’s dramatic rocky ridges and nearby Red Rock Canyon form the foundation of the community’s elegant design aesthetic while creating a stunning backdrop that’s impossible to replicate in Southern Nevada.
So where do you start when you are planning to design and build a custom home? We sat down with an architect and interior designers whose clients include Las Vegas influencers, captains of industry and celebrities building homes in The Ridges - to get insider tips on ensuring your custom home embodies your dream.
According to Daniel Chenin, principal architect with Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd., anyone building a custom home should start by hiring an architect who offers a full scope of services. “Download your dream in as much detail as possible, including your style preferences and lifestyle, then sit back and let your architect get to work without interference,” said Chenin. “If you hire the right team, you will be able to sit back and enjoy the ride.”
Interior designer Cary Vogel who both lives and frequently works in The Ridges, echoes Chenin’s sentiment about the importance of hiring the right professionals. “The first step to custom home building is assembling your team to include an architect, general contractor, interior designer and landscape architect,” said Vogel. “Get them together in the same room to launch the process and ensure they are all working toward a single unified vision that is uniquely yours. Often, these professionals have track records of working together on previous homes, and that’s a good sign they gel. Look for these experts who have built other great custom homes together.”