Conservationist builds modern country retreat

The coolest component in Guy Pinjuv’s Blue Diamond house is a rectangular ceiling hammock that stretches above one corner of the living room. It serves as conversation starter and defines the homeowner’s character — someone who is the opposite of a couch potato, and not afraid to take a leap of faith. Literally. To access it you have to climb over a 3-foot railing and jump diagonally onto its springy surface.

Pinjuv, a third generation Las Vegan, has deep roots in the Las Vegas Valley. In Nevada terms, that’s the equivalent of having family that came over on the Mayflower.

His mother was raised on a ranch that was near downtown, and her family owned Opdike Dairy and the first ice plant in the valley. His father’s family opened the first filling station in town. When attending Bishop Gorman High School, he commuted from his home in Calico Basin, where his mother still lives.

Pinjuv is a Ph.D. forest carbon scientist at an environmental services company working to slow down deforestation in the Amazon and the tropics.

“If someone wants to slow down deforestation, I’m the guy who goes and checks to make sure they calculated everything correctly. And if there’s a tribe there, I’m the guy who goes and meets the chief and makes sure they’re not planning a revolution… that sort of stuff,” he said.

When he decided to return to Las Vegas after living in Flagstaff, New Zealand and Portland for 20 years, the avid hiker knew he wanted to live near Red Rock Canyon. He lucked out in finding an acre-lot and paying $150,000 for it in 2014, about half of today’s list price. Two half-acre lots for sale on his block are listed at $299,995 and $399,000.

Pinjuv was able to complete the home with a budget of $600,000 by “calling in a lot of favors” and extensively using reclaimed materials, something he would have done anyway. He praised his friends and family who pitched in to bring the project to completion. “There’re a lot of people who loved me. I should have come back a long time ago,” he said.

The builder was his brother-in-law Chi Chi Bengochea, president of Bentar Development, a general contractor who has completed many high-profile commercial projects in the area.

His sister Dorothy Bengochea, of DP Bengochea Designs came up with features like the hammock and the choice of finishes and fixtures.

A friend with a salvage yard let him have his pick of countertop materials.

“All the countertops were leftover pieces, either broken or with chips or were taken out of large hotels, Pinjuv explained. “That’s why nothing matches.”

In fact, it has an eclectic mix of finishes and funky, history-laden components that add up to a charming home unlike any other. Equal parts playhouse and modern country retreat, the house is an example of rustic style-meets-devoted-conservationist, from the sage green exterior to the ultra-high-efficiency toilet.

“The outdoor dining room was the inspiration for the whole place,” Pinjuv said.

It’s in the center of the property, between the garage and the house, beneath a walkway leading from the master bedroom to an extra space above the garage. It features a showstopper brick hearth made from native limestone tailings deposited at the side of town by construction crews.

“I had a guy go and pick that up and he hand-shaped it, but it’s stuff that people threw away.”

The entire base of the house is wrapped in it as well.

Pinjuv recycled pavers from the patio of a Ridges of Summerlin) homeowner who no longer wanted them. “It was a big place, and this lady thought they were dirty, so I paid to have them moved here … sandblasted and they look brand new,” he said.

The two-story, 1,900-square-foot house has an open living room with a ceiling that peaks at 32 feet, which he calls “a crazy little church.”

“We didn’t do that on purpose, but that’s what it turned out to be. I just wanted it to be a cool place to hang out.”

And so it is, when the 40-something owner and his girlfriend, Laura Rosmann, host friends who stop by after a visit to the canyon for a beer, and to enjoy his self-described “campfire level-guitar playing ability.”

A loft-style master bedroom overlooks the open first floor, with ceiling-mounted curtains and a railing separating the spaces. From either floor, visitors can enjoy an up-close view of Mount Wilson, (part of Red Rock Canyon’s Spring Mountains) through the massive, triple-paned, energy-efficient windows.

Pinjuv says the hammock, which is capable of holding 5,000 pounds, was installed with the help of “riggers who work the shows in town … I sleep in it sometimes. Like a baby.”

Two full baths and a second bedroom take up the rest of the second floor, along with a deck that stretches to the man cave above the garage. It has no power or water but has a large window with a mountain view. Pinjuv uses it to store his climbing equipment and surfboards, and as a painting studio.

The first floor has an open concept, with a marble-topped kitchen island on a distressed wood base. This oyster-like marble also appears in some of the baths. The kitchen cabinets were built in place and extend to a custom shelf-desk unit in the dining room.

The powder room, laundry room and winding iron staircase meet at the back of the house. The laundry room is lined with knotty pine cabinets, and a couple of insulated room service delivery bins recovered from the Debbie Reynolds Hotel serve as storage.

The star of the powder room is a smart toilet that recycles water by allowing users to wash their hands with fresh water that then drains into the toilet tank, powering the ensuing flush. It’s from an Australian company called Caroma.

Pinjuv would have liked to outfit the home with a gray water recycling system, but his effort to do so was blocked by authorities, he said.

“We wanted to recycle all the water in the house, but the county actually would not let us, which was shocking to me, because there are gray-water systems that (take all household water and hold it in a tank) and funnel it to the toilet tank filled with gray water. However, the county would not allow that, because they currently don’t know how to deal with it. I told them, ‘you should be begging me and everyone else in the desert to install them,’ ” he said, adding that regulations for such systems should be given a high priority. “It’s just something new. They don’t really have rules for it, but they need them.”

The solar-powered home is peppered with treasures gathered from Pinjuv’s many visits to other cultures, like a spear from Africa’s Maasai tribe hanging above a door.

“When you’re 14, they traditionally would give it to a boy, who can then become a man if he can kill a lion with it,” he recalled. “I’m pretty sure if I were in that tribe, I’d still be a boy,” he added, under his breath.

His dog likes to lay on the dining room rug, woven from wool that came from his the alpacas his mother raises nearby.

Said the humble homeowner, “There are so many people who put so much love into this house. I just didn’t know until I got home.”

ad-high_impact_4
Life
Kids become firefighters at Fire Station 98 open house
Henderson residents wore fire hats, learned about CPR and met firefighters at the Fire Station 98 open house Saturday, August 11, 2018. (Marcus Villagran Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
People from all over the world attend RollerCon 2018
RollerCon 2018 is a five-day convention focused on the roller derby community and culture at Westgate in Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's seventh annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Las Vegas police officer on being PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door
Las Vegas police officer David Anthony talks vegan lifestyle and how he feels about being voted PETA's sexiest Vegan next door from his home on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
'NO H8' Campaign comes to Las Vegas
Hundreds of locals participate in the NO H8 campaign founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley as a response to Proposition 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign has since evolved to represent equal treatment for all. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Star Wars and Golden Knights mashup at downtown art shop
Star Wars and Vegas Golden Knights fans attend the Boba Fett Golden Knight Paint Class at The Bubblegum Gallery in Las Vegas, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Bark-Andre Furry meets Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog
Two of NHL's furriest fans met at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace on Tuesday, June 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. Vegas Golden Knights superfan Bark-Andre Furry and Washington Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog shared a plate of meatballs and spaghetti with help from Logan, "The Girl with the Hat." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Real Estate Millions
Rat Pack-era home once housed Las Vegas entertainers
3671 Tioga Way in Paradise Palms neighborhood Listed for $650,000 Professional photographers Mark and Sarah Gascoine
Home builder Toll Brothers has plans in Summerlin
Toll Brothers purchased of 128 acres of property near Mesa Park Drive and Town Center Drive will be used for a housing development. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rich MacDonald estate in Henderson
Rich MacDonald estate in Henderson
Real Estate Millions: Liberace Mansion
Real Estate Millions: 4120 Mont Blanc Way, Mount Charleston
Real Estate Millions: 8 Vista Crescent Court, Ascaya, Henderson
Real Estate Millions: 11172 San Terrazo Place
Real Estate Millions takes a look at Blue Heron Real Estate.
Real Estate Millions: 1325 Villa Barolo Ave
Overlooking the second hole of the Rio Secco golf course within the community of Marquis Seven Hills is a modern masterpiece of light and architectural artistry. Designed by the award-winning Blue Heron design team, the home known as The Aurora Estate adorns the likes of the most noteworthy LED displays and lighting projects from around the world. XLED Systems founder and mastermind behind the world-renowned Freemont Street Experience, Hong Kong’s Disneyland Storybook Theater and the larger-than-life concert stages of Justin Bieber, Keith Urban and the Foo Fighters (to name a few)—brings light and magic to the hills of this private and highly desirable gated community. The combination of the 133” custom HD/LED Digital Display, 150+ interior/exterior lights and 34 indoor/outdoor surround sound speakers bring a unique ambiance and entertainment level to the home. Other spectacular bonus features include a 1,200 SQFT pool, therapy spa, wet step lounge, $100K+ full Crestron system in-sync with Amazon’s Alexa, 9 security cameras and panic room.
Real Estate Millions: One Queensridge Place
Real Estate Millions takes a look at 9103 Alta Drive #1501, Las Vegas, NV.
Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
The underground house at 3970 Spencer Street is one of the valley’s most unusual homes built 26 feet underground in 1978 by Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who, planned to survive the end of the world there.
Real Estate Millions: 323 Mont Blanc Way
Garry Tomashowski talks about his cabin in Mount Charleston.
Famous Las Vegas underground house
Did you know there is an underground house in Las Vegas? The home was originally built as a bomb shelter in 1978, and sits 26 feet below the surface. The midcentury-style home measures about 6,000 square feet, and features two bedrooms and three bathrooms. There’s a 6-foot-deep pool, a spa, a barbecue area, and a carpeted six-hole putting green. The Underground House has lighting that emulates different times of the day. And mountain and wilderness murals depict an outdoor setting. The home is accessed from a flight of stairs that’s part of a town home.
Real Estate Millions: 36 Olympia Canyon Way
Mitch McClellan and John McDonough talk about their property in Southern Highlands.
Real Estate Millions: 20 Vintage Valley Drive, Southern Highlands
Real Estate Millions: 2315 Alta Drive
Real Estate Millions: 28 Sankaty Circle
Barbara Adcock talks about her favorite parts of her home in Anthem.
Real Estate Millions: Uri Vaknin
Real Estate Millions host Susan Kocab interviews Uri Vaknin about the renovations he made to his home and why he chose a one story building.
Real Estate Millions: MacDonald Highlands
Brad and Ann Adams talk about their home in MacDonald Highlands.
Real Estate Millions: MacDonald Highlands
Real Estate Millions: Toll Brothers
Toll Brothers Granite Heights
Home for the holidays with Pia Zadora
Singer Pia Zadora might have a swanky room named for her at Piero’s Italian Cuisine, but the place she really holds dear is her home in The Ridges of Summerlin. Her son, Jordan Kaufer, appears as Santa Claus in his mother’s show at Piero’s Italian Cuisine in downtown Las Vegas. Zadora lives with her third husband, Michael Jeffries; her 20-year-old son from her second marriage, Jordan Kaufer, and two dogs, Snowflake and Merle Singer Pia Zadora says she loves "everything Christmas," and her home in The Ridges is decked out for the holidays. The star of stage and screen welcomed Real Estate Millions into her 7,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home to talk about her Las Vegas history. Pia Zadora works in her music studio at her Summerlin home. She performs at the iconic Piero’s Italian Cuisine in downtown Las Vegas. A portrait of Pia Zadora by Andy Warhol is displayed over the living room bar. Memorabilia includes a framed photo of one of Pia Zadora's first modeling jobs, an ad for Dubonnet wine, her 1985 Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Performance and the 1982 Golden Globe Award for Best Female New Star of the Year.
Business Insights: Rhonda Allen
Buck Wargo interviews Rhonda Allen, a fine homes specialist with Shapiro & Sher Group at BHHS, has assisted 17 players and staff and counting with about two-thirds of those involving home purchases — including some that are multimillion-dollar acquisitions — and the others that were rentals. Many home purchases were for $750,000 and above.
Real Estate Millions: 98 Sunglow Lane
Real Esate Millions: 98 Sunglow Lane
Real Estate Millions: Frank Marino
Entertainer Frank Marino, the star of “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas,” has always had flair to spare and plenty of devoted fans. But since buying a home in Eagle Hills in Summerlin, come Halloween, he has to pull out all the stops.
Real Estate Millions _ Episode 4 -The Lakes Estates
Former professional boxer Beibut Shumenov lists Lakes Estates home for $5.3 million
Exclusive Tour of Desert Contemporary Home at Ascaya
This week on the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Real Estate Millions Host Susan Kocab tours the an inspiration home at the exclusive residential development of Ascaya. The home was designed by the Marmol Radziner architectural firm. The lead designer Brad Williams and Ascaya Sales Manager Darin Marques unfold the detailed specs of designing this truly authentic desert contemporary design.
Real Estate Millions - Episode #3 - Marmol Radziner at Ascaya (1)
Real Estate Millions host Susan Kocab visits a $7.7M home in Ascaya, a luxury residential community in Henderson.
Real Estate Millions: MacDonald Highlands
This week the Las Vegas Review Journal's Real Estate Millions featured yet another gorgeous Vegas Valley Home at MacDonald Highlands in Henderson. the $12.5 Million Dollar listing overlooks the Dragon Ridge Golf Course.
Real Estate Millions
MGM Resorts International executive Bobby Baldwin has placed his golf-course home in Southern Highlands on the market for $6.25 million. The 12,000-square-foot home sits on 1.26 acres and has its own adjacent park.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like