This 3,000sf residence on 3 acres of land outside of Santa Fe, NM includes sweeping views of the surrounding mountains from every room. Environmentally sensitive building techniques are employed throughout the project, including a roof collection system for rain water harvesting and storage, adobe walls for thermal mass, windows and roof overhangs that maximize solar gain in winter and shading in summer, and operable windows on two sides of every space for natural ventilation, The house steps down a gentle northwest slope allowing for two stories and a raised deck on the northwest side, facing the Jemez Mountains. A separate detached casita with its own porch that faces the Ortiz Range to the south is connected to the main house along a stone walkway.
The house is entered from a lower courtyard, under a bridge that connects the main floor to the second floor. The entry sequence continues along a portal that overlooks a terrace and planting area and the mountains beyond, and into the combination sitting, dining and kitchen area on the south side of the building.
Xeriscape and minimal site intrusion are planned to maintain and enhance the existing high desert flora and fauna. Indigenous materials are used throughout the project. The fireplace, some exterior walls, and terrace paving are constructed of local sandstone. Exposed Douglas Fir beams and trim, and natural earthen plasters finish the interior spaces.