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Desert Ramada

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: August, 2013, Page 184
Photo by Art Holeman


When Bob and Jo Gemmill decided to add a ramada to their property in Carefree, Arizona, it was imperative that it complement their adobe home. “The ramada represents all the classic elements of Southwest style, creating a blend of Native American architecture with Colonial Spanish and Mexican decorative accents,” Bob remarks. Large vigas support its latilla-style roof and give the impression of a massive, solid structure.

The Gemmills say the handmade wrought-iron window grill is a salute to the early settlers’ blacksmith skills of recycling ironwork from old scraps and fabricating beautiful decorative pieces. “We love the feeling it creates of an open window that looks out across miles of saguaros and the shadows cast by the lattice design,” mentions Jo. The concrete countertop is acid-washed in a chocolate-brown hue. Decorative accessories provide the finishing touch.
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