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EFA DESIGN SHOWCASE
INDEPENDENT LIVING

La Loma Village LITCHFIELD PARK, ARIZ.
Submitted by: Thoma-Holec Design LLC MESA, ARIZ., AND Sun Health Senior Living SURPRISE, ARIZ.

Project category: New construction and remodel/renovation
Chief administrator: Sharon Grambow, COO
Firm: Thoma-Holec Design LLC, www.thoma-holecdesign.com; Sun Health
Senior Living, www.sunhealthseniorliving.org
Design team: Thoma-Holec Design LLC (interior designer)
Photography: © Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.
Number/type of housing units: 117 independent living, 14 casitas
Total building area (sq. ft.): 400 (new), 6,550 (renovation)
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $173
Total construction cost (excluding land): $1.2 million
Completed: July 2017

This renovation project
provided the design team with
exciting challenges to transform
underutilized spaces to ones
where residents can gather comfortably to enjoy meals and social
functions. The overall project
included refreshing the reception desk, lobby, and outdoor
patio. It also involved converting
adjacent, unused storage and
outdoor space into additional

square footage, as well as a bistro
for casual dining.
The original interiors posed
several challenges including: open
plumbing and ductwork, awkward
traffic flows, and congested spaces
containing large furniture, which
can be difficult for seniors to use
easily, or without assistance, and
lighting that created a harsh and
artificial-feeling environment. Our
solution was to replace the dated
interiors with a fresh, updated
color palette of crisp greens and
blues, balanced by warm espresso
wood and soft neutrals. We rotated
the fireplace to open up the space,
dramatically improving the flow
and function between the existing
and newly incorporated storage
space. Matching, modern wood
ceiling tiles, made the low ceilings, with visible plumbing and
ductwork, appear planned and
purposeful. Four cozy seating
areas, a stunning curved bar that
mirrors the existing staircase,
and a bespoke millwork bar
(which beautifully hugs the
curves of a baby grand piano),
now fill the newly opened space.
Sparkling LED light fixtures add
a classic vintage, yet modern,
touch to the space.

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Style and substance
Life well lived
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Project directory
EFA Design Showcase
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