The Estancia Residence is a 4-bedroom, 5-bath custom residence, set on a rocky, sloping site near Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, AZ. For this contemporary home, exposed concrete block was used to express the clean lines and solidity of the structure. The masonry is juxtaposed with deep horizontal roof planes and large expanses of glass to marry the exterior and interior spaces and create an open feel. Standard-faced colored block was chosen for its purity and simplicity. A stacked bond pattern with raked joints is used to further express the pattern and beauty of the material, and to articulate the dimensional cadence of space and volume in each area of the house. Scored block is used on site retaining walls to maintain a stacked appearance in a structurally-efficient running bond pattern. This home won the 2016 Excellence in Masonry Award from the Arizona Masonry Guild.