Summerlin Mansion Dedicated to Art

The art of the exhibition is masterfully orchestrated in the custom domain of Graeme Laronge and Alice Chen.

Located in Indigo at The Ridges, 58 Crested Cloud Way incorporates oversized gallery hallways to showcase the couple’s artwork and collectibles. The 10,090 square foot single-story estate is listed at $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. “So it was important to have multiple niches in the hallways and plenty of shelving and wall space.”

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

“I don’t like to call them hallways,” Luke said. “I create much larger traffic areas of 8 or 10 feet wide.”

Luke features spectacular 17-foot-tall white-walled galleries with strategically positioned art niches. An upper row of clerestory windows accentuate the niches using natural light. At night, the built-in lighting benefits the visual presentation.

“The walls are white and shiny,” Luke said. “It contrasts nicely with the artwork.”

The couple bought the land at the end of 2017 after an exhaustive search for a private location that their family could enjoy. The 0.64 acre property was ideal as it backed onto parkland with no side neighbors.

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

The Indigo neighborhood limits construction to one-story construction, and the couple wanted to take full advantage of the land. They imagined a house with an additional underground surface by integrating a basement and a garage for three cars.

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

Challenges arose when finding an architect to design the house. It took the couple nine months to find the right team that could overcome the technical and structural hurdles needed to achieve their overall vision.

“We were working on plans with another gentleman, who had trouble understanding the underground garage,” Laronge said. “We reached out to another engineer and were introduced to Richard Luke. Luckily he was able to come up with solutions to see our vision come to fruition.

Once Luke joined the team, the pair had an initial plan within 48 hours, finalizing the design within a month.

“For me, a design is pretty quick,” Luke said. “I come up with a design concept about half an hour after sitting down with the owner and finding out all their wishes.”

Construction began in 2018 with Unique Custom Homes as the general contractor. The project lasted three and a half years.

In addition to the gallery hallways, the house’s distinctive architecture features dramatic artistic expression throughout the property.

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

Developed as a family home, the design incorporates two exclusive bedroom hallways; a main wing and a children’s wing.

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

“One of the unique elements of this design is the separate courtyard and wings,” Luke said. “The children can leave their room in the courtyard, which is completely fenced. They can play it while the owner watches them from his office.

An oversized glass entry opens to the expansive main living area featuring 17ft ceilings and incredible views of the outdoor pool and lush backyard.

“I like to lead you through a courtyard space to the entrance,” Luke said. “Once you open the door it’s a ‘wow’ space with high ceilings, windows and a pocket door. You can take the entire width of the house.

Striking white walls, a chunky 4ft light gray porcelain tile floor, augment its sleek and comfortable aesthetic. A floor-to-ceiling Stardust Hydro black granite fireplace adds a striking contrast to the room.

“I like the volume, the light and the lightness when you enter the house,” said Luke. “And the color palette they’ve chosen is a very neutral contemporary palette, black and white with slightly gray floors.”

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

“The pocket door opens directly into the pool,” Luke said. “When the doors are open, the transition between inside and outside is almost imperceptible. You can just walk in and out.

The home’s sleek kitchen enhances the contemporary aesthetic with flat panel cabinetry. A central wall of European-style white cabinets contrasts with the black perimeter wall of the cabinets. Anchoring the space is a 12-foot center island at the edge of a waterfall with a white countertop on a black base.

The main kitchen serves as the centerpiece while the adjacent prep kitchen performs the food preparation function. The intimate hidden kitchen has a cooktop, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, sink and prep space.

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

Entrance to the sophisticated master suite is a monumental 4 foot, 11 inch wide doorway. Inside, the floor-to-ceiling black granite fireplace adds a striking element to the contrasting white room.

“I love 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 master bath 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 panel cabinetry, separate beauty counter with beverage center, walk-in closet with built-ins and an adjacent laundry room.

A unique feature of the main bath is the clever Japanese singing toilet. The high-tech toilets offer self-cleaning functions, automatic seats, music and built-in lights. The couple invested $30,000 for three toilets.

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

The walk-out basement features 12-foot ceilings, an open theater with built-in RGB lighting, game room, bar, and wine cellar. The home’s third black floor-to-ceiling fireplace catches the eye. The bright space opens onto an outdoor terrace with access to the upper level. It also accesses an underground garage for three cars.

“Again, sticking to separate hallways, we’ve split 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 includes 28 single-story residential sites. Residents enjoy 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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