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32 Just the Right Notes

Contemporary cool and heart-felt soul find harmony in the Albuquerque home of singer Hillary Smith.


Striking a Balance

A Santa Fe designer and his family live beautifully in line with their values in a super-affordable, super-efficient “passive home”—one of just 15 in the United States.


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14 Life+Style Southwest Customize your “smart-home” technology, let intelligent home appliances work harder for you, save-the-day interior design tips, and more.

22 Design Studio Tim Rizek, of Rizek Inc. Design and Remodeling, shares his secrets of great bathroom design.

28 Su Cocina

Sleek, convenient new freezers and an old-fashioned recipe for Chef John Vollertsen’s ice-box-easy strawberry jam.

84 Su Libro

Colorful new books on perfect bathrooms and building a furniture collection for life. Plus: paint advice from a color-world queen.

96 Dream On



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Cover: Singer Hillary Smith’s elegantly modern house, designed by Boulevard Homes, features a colorful master suite, which complements the rest of the residence’s neutral color palette. Photograph by Mark William Photography.

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elcome to the Spring Homes of Enchantment Parade issue, in which we feature incredible new homes built by some of Central New Mexico’s finest builders. With each new Parade, I grow more impressed with the new building techniques, energy-saving features, and innovative designs, all of which reflect a growing sensitivity to how people really live. After all, the true success of a builder’s creation depends on how we live in it and make it into our own space. To me, a well-designed home is one that gives me enough flexibility to make it mine. The same holds true for bathrooms. Is there any room more personal? A master bathroom rarely gets shared with others, yet homeowners invest considerable amounts of money to make this room special and exactly to their liking. The bathrooms in this issue are truly special and remind us that such areas can be as pretty and pampering as they are functional. Finally, I always find it interesting to see how individuals, especially creative types, actually live in their houses. In this issue, acclaimed local musician Hillary Smith welcomes us inside her Albuquerque home, and what we see tells us something about her that goes beyond her music. I can’t help but think that her home’s clean design allows her to focus her creative energies on her music. All this raises a question: What does your home do to support your interests? If you don’t know the answers, I hope this issue helps you find them. Enjoy.

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The softest colors of the Santa Fe landscape are reflected in this earthy and elegant living room on the city’s east side. A veneer of stacked field stone makes the ceiling-high fireplace an interior focal point that doesn’t compete with the room’s amazing mountain views.

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intelligent design relax while these high-tech appliances do the work for you by Samantha Schwirck

LG Smart Thinq Refrigerator Let your refrigerator help you shop for groceries, kick-start your diet, and cook well-balanced meals. LG’s touch-screen-equipped Smart Thinq refrigerator comes with features like the Smart Manager food inventory system (scan products as you put them in the fridge), Health Manager (log dietary restrictions and health goals), and Smart Shopping (shop online, right from the screen). Prices not yet announced. Available for order later this year at the Home Depot at 200 Eubank in Albuquerque (

GE Frontload Washers and Dryers Imagine throwing a load of laundry in the machine before bed, sleeping in peace, and waking up to clean, dry, ready-to-wear clothes. It’s possible with GE’s newest frontload washers and dryers. The large-capacity machines come with “adaptive vibration control,” which adjusts to your floor type to reduce vibrations that cause excess noise. Steam functions help attack stains in the washer and remove stubborn wrinkles in the dryer. The machines are ecofriendly too—Energy-Star qualified and equipped with sensors that measure the size of your laundry load then add only as much water as needed to get the job done right. Choose the “eWash” and “eDry” cycles to reduce your energy use by 10 percent. Starting at $1,699 each. Available at Builders Source Appliance Gallery in Albuquerque and Santa Fe (builderssourcecom).

Kohler Numi Toilet Tired of touching germy toilet seats? Sick of sitting on cold porcelain in the middle of the winter? Kohler’s Numi Toilet makes for a better bathroom experience. Ambient lighting helps you find your way in the dark, an automatic open/close feature reduces contact with germs, and a heated seat and a floor-level vent keep you warm. Speakers at the back (controlled by the built-in touch screen or hand-held remote) play pre-programmed audio, music from FM radio stations, or music from your MP3 player, which can be connected by an audio input jack. The Numi toilet also has top-notch flushing technology (with auto-flush to help with water conservation) and a built-in bidet with an integrated dryer and deodorizer. Starting at $6,390. Available at Dahl of Santa Fe (

Brizo Pascal Kitchen Faucet Whether you’re in the kitchen of a novice cook or an experienced chef, good hygiene and multitasking are paramount in successful food preparation. With Brizo’s Pascal kitchen faucet, hands-free motion-sensor technology and a smart touch-sensitive spout make cooking easy, convenient, and sanitary. Place your hands (or an object) underneath the spout, or simply touch any area of it for an efficient stream or spray. Starting at $1,100. Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery in Albuquerque ( 16

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With a customized automation system, total control is just a touch screen away

integrated systems The Constellation showroom is filled with elegantly designed, state-of-the-art audio and visual components. But the company’s services also extend to integrating security systems, heating and cooling, telecommunication, lighting control, and even window treatments—so homeowners can monitor and control them from their smartphones, iPads, or other personal computers. Constellation president and founder Jason Suttle starts by learning as much as he can about his clients’ needs, lifestyles, and homes. Once he’s gathered enough information, he can design a unique system that does exactly what they need. “People want a house that’s easy to use, with systems that are reliable, and with no service headaches,” says Suttle. Some clients have lived in their homes for years; others are building custom homes and want to get the electronics experts involved at the same time they are talking with an architect or builder. Either way, after designing and installing a system, Constellation continues working with their clients, providing 18

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Jason Suttle of Constellation Home Electronics

“We can do amazing things today that weren’t possible at any price five years ago.” maintenance, system expansions, and upgrades as needed. And, as always, they’ll meet any prices offered by big-box electronics stores like Best Buy. live smarter Constellation can set up a keyless entry system that sends parents a text when a child arrives home from school safely, or a power monitor that reports real-time energy use. Clients can also monitor their home’s major mechanical systems, an application that’s especially handy for second-home owners, who can’t always be there to check on things in person. “If events are detected—water where there shouldn’t be water, rooms that are too hot or cold or humid or dry, a door that shouldn’t be open—the system can send email alerts,” Suttle explains. To clients (and potential clients) surprised at the range of applications available, Suttle can only promise that there’s more to come. “It’s getting more common every year, and we can do amazing things today that weren’t possible at any price five years ago.” Soon, he says, technology will make “homes and cars extensions of our lifestyles. Our phones will tie everything together. Interactivity is the name of the game. It’s got to be reliable, affordable, and easy to use in order for the masses to accept it and make the technologies commonplace. That’s where Constellation shines.”—Dianna Delling

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Imagine that you’re on your way home at the end of a long day. Before leaving the office, you turn up the heat in your living room and adjust the lights there, stream your favorite classical music throughout the house, and fire up the hot tub out back—all from an app on your iPhone. One more tap of your touch screen unlocks the front door, so it’s open if your dinner guests arrive before you do. After the party, while lying in bed, you choose a pre-programmed “sleep” setting that turns off lights and automatically locks exterior doors, lowers the bedroom blinds, resets the security alarm, and lowers the temperature throughout the house so it’s perfect for snoozing. Worried that the window in the guesthouse may be open? You can check that from your iPhone too. Today’s homes are equipped with electronics that were the stuff of science fiction 20 years ago. But as technologies have developed and prices have gone down, more homeowners are taking advantage of “smart home” options that go beyond any “cool” factor to offer improved quality of life. Among the issues for homeowners is not just knowing what’s available, but knowing how to use it to its fullest potential—how to connect the various components that are out there in a way that works seamlessly. The experts at Santa Fe’s Constellation Home Electronics can help with the entire process.

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Q. Mary and Jim were putting the finishing touches on their new dining room. The chandelier they had painstakingly selected during a trip to Murano, Italy, had just arrived (six months later than expected). Where, ideally, should it hang above the table? A. The standard rule of thumb is that a chandelier should hang between 30 and 36 inches above a dining table if your ceiling height is 8 feet. If your ceiling is higher than that, add 3 inches for each additional foot of ceiling height. Make sure the chandelier is low enough to illuminate your table and high enough to allow your dinner guests to see each other across the table. The type of chandelier you choose will also inform the height decision. If you have a glass or crystal chandelier with lots of visual space, consider hanging it a bit higher. Q. While restoring her 1955 house, Lenore learned that its old pipes would have to be replaced. She thought the plumbers would cut through just a couple of walls in the dining room to do the work. Imagine her surprise when she came home to find they had also cut through one of the walls in the living room, destroying several square feet of her beloved vintage wallpaper in the process. How can she save it? A. Attempting to fix or replicate vintage wallpaper is close to impossible—it’s very difficult to mimic the aging and patina that gives the original its character and depth. Lenore has some other great options though. She can preserve some of her wallpaper but also update her space by leaving paper on just one wall—or just on the ceiling—and painting the rest of the room with a color that complements it. Using a hue we’ll be seeing more of in 2012—such as cobalt blue, blood red, magenta, or a soft pastel—can add an even more contemporary feel to a room. She should make it personal and have fun, whichever color she chooses! Santa Fe–based interior designer Annie O’Carroll can be reached at Annie O’Carroll Interior Design, 505-983-7055,


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command and control Automation systems are standard at Abrazo Homes Brian McCarthy and Mackenzie Bishop are bringing home automation to the masses—or at least to home buyers with relatively modest budgets. Through their two-year-old company, Abrazo Homes, the local building-industry veterans offer whole-house automation systems as standard features in every one of the residences they build, which are priced from $140,000 to $200,000 and located in Sundance Estates and Paradise View, on Albuquerque’s northwest side. “People have interacted with their homes in the same way for the last 100 years,” McCarthy says. He calls automation “a paradigm shift” in the way we will live in houses of the future. The Abrazo system lets residents connect everything from computers and phones to refrigerators, thermostats, and security systems, and then access all of them remotely via smartphone, iPad, or another computer device, McCarthy says. (Manual control is also an option.) The builders handle all set-up and device connection, working with the buyers to determine their needs. Wiring is hidden inside walls and in a closet that houses the “brain,” or computer controls, for the system. McCarthy and Bishop introduced their first automated residence at the fall 2011 Homes of Enchantment Parade. Feedback was so positive, they decided to incorporate automation systems into every one of their future projects. “So many of the devices we bring into our homes can be connected, and the benefits can be felt by every member of the household,” says McCarthy. “It makes so much sense.” Abrazo Homes, 505-369-4663,

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Design Studio

Interview by Alicia Kellogg

planning, priorities, perfection Remodeling expert Tim Rizek offers smart bathroom-design advice


How can a homeowner make the design and planning process easier? The best advice I could give is that you need to do your due diligence. You need to look through books

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fter kitchens, bathrooms are the most frequently remodeled rooms design and construction expert Tim Rizek sees in his Albuquerque-based business, Rizek Inc. Design & Remodeling. We asked Rizek to share his top tips and tactics for smart, functional, and beautiful bathroom design.

You’re a big proponent of smart planning. I encourage homeowners to spend twice as long on the design as they do on the actual construction. If it’s going to take a month or two to remodel your bathroom, you want to spend at least two months, if not four months, on the design. It’s easier and more cost effective to move lines on paper than it is to move walls in the field. Also, you don’t want to rush into it. It’s your design, and you’ve got to be comfortable with it.


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Tim Rizek, of Rizek Inc. Design & Remodeling, notes that “most bathrooms are not lit very well.” Rather than follow the traditional model of placing “one fixture in the middle of the room,” homeowners can use numerous other resources, like recessed lighting and sconces around mirrors.



Design Studio and on the Internet, and create a scrapbook of things you like. The best way to describe or translate those ideas is through pictures. I also tell homeowners to make a list of priorities. That way, when you get into the design, one item will always trump the other. Is it more important to have more counter space or two sinks on the vanity? There is always going to be a compromise on your wants and needs, whether it’s a kitchen, a bathroom, or a room addition. What about budgets? The most important thing is to be realistic about the cost. For a

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A change Rizek has seen over the years is that homeowners are not as conscious of resale value as they used to be. “I really encourage people to make the house the way they want it,” he says.


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“I encourage homeowners to spend twice as long on the design as they do on the actual construction,” says Rizek. “It’s easier and more cost effective to move lines on paper than it is to move walls in the field.”

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Customers come to Rizek seeking a variety of bathroom looks, which are achieved through the careful selection of tile, fixtures, countertop materials, and more.

complete gut and remodel for a custom master bath suite with an independent tub, a spacious walk-in closet, and so on, you are probably looking at $30,000 to $35,000 to start. On occasion we will get homeowners who were hoping to do it for $15,000, but you can see [by looking at our] job costs that $15,000 doesn’t even pay for the cabinets in some cases. Just be realistic. If you’ve gotten prices from two or three people and they are $10,000 over your budget, and then you find someone who is $5,000 under your budget and promising the same things, you are asking for trouble. It’s not like you’re going to the grocery store and buying the day-old bread off the 99-cent shelf. This is something that is going to be a work of art. What do people overlook when it comes to the bathroom? Most bathrooms and kitchens are not lit very well. In the ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s, the style was to put one fixture in the middle of the room and that was it. Now there are so many more lighting options. One thing that’s really popular is using sconce lighting on either side of the mirror.

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What are you seeing in bathroom design now that wasn’t around when you started your company in 1998? Probably the biggest thing is that people are not as conscious of resale value as they used to be. There are so many things people are going to look for in a property besides the kitchen or bathroom you just remodeled. I really try to encourage people to make the house the way they want it. Don’t try to design around something someone is going to tear out in 20 years because you are thinking of resale. Rizek Inc. Design & Remodeling can be reached at 505-897-8107 or through

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Cutting and hulling strawberries is the first step in preparing Chef John Vollertsen’s Easy Strawberry and Red-Chile Freezer Jam (see recipe on page 31).

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Chef John Vollertsen’s quick, uncooked jam lets the freezer do all the work.

“Huge freezers have gone the way of the dinosaur. They’re not energy efficient, folks are eating more fresh food, and we use our fridges more frequently than we use our freezers,” says Jeanné Sei of Kitchens by Jeanné. Over the years, Sei continues, consumers have realized that the kitchen is the most expensive room in the house to furnish, so they are prepared to pay for appliances that will last a long time. Brands like Sub-Zero are so popular because they can be builtin—surrounded by cupboards so they look like part of the cabinetry. In fact, the term “sub-zero” is now often used to connote any built-in fridge. “Another style I recommend is Thermador’s Freezer Columns,” Sei says. “They’re modular, allowing customers to decide what percentage of the unit they want as fridge and freezer. Also, Fisher & Paykel makes beautiful stainless-steel fridges, many with water and ice features in the door.” After checking the prices on some of Sei’s recommendations, I realized the days of dropping an outdated fridge off at the dump (door removed) are gone—it pays to fix today’s highend appliances rather than toss them. But clearly, with today’s higher prices come new options to make food storage easier. Whichever freezer you own, try this quick, uncooked jam that lets the freezer do all the work. It has the nice sweet-and-hot kick we New Mexicans love. Try it on a toasted bagel with cream cheese.

Easy Strawberry and Red-Chile Freezer Jam makes about 8 cups 4 cups fresh strawberries 4 cups sugar 1 3-ounce pouch RealFruit liquid pectin ¾ cup water juice of 2 limes 2 tablespoons ground New Mexico red chile (hot) ½ teaspoon kosher salt

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1) Wash and hull the strawberries and place them in a medium bowl. Using a potato masher, mash the berries almost completely while leaving a few chunks of fruit in there—you don’t want the mash to be completely smooth. 2) Mix the crushed strawberries with the sugar; let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the pectin into the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 1 minute. Stir the boiling water into the strawberries; stir in the lime juice, red chile, and salt. Allow the mixture to stand for 3 minutes before pouring into sterilized jars or other storage containers. 3) Place tops on the containers and leave for 24 hours at room temperature. Place in the freezer and store frozen until ready to use.



just the right notes In singer Hillary Smith’s North Valley home, modern cool and from-the-heart soul find harmony

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By Kathleen McCloud Photographs by Mark William Photography


he word soulful appears in virtually every review written about vocalist Hillary Smith, who performs in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos with the group Soul Kitchen and her recently formed all-acoustic group, Honeyhouse. A fourth-generation New Mexican who grew up in Hobbs, where she belted out gospel songs in the church choir, Smith is soulful in person too— passionate, warm, and effusive. Which makes it surprising, perhaps, that she lives in a house that’s so cool, clean-lined, and contemporary—one more aligned with jazz, in musical terms, than with roof-raising spirituals. Yet it works for Smith, and the warmth of her personality comes through in her design choices. For 12 years, Smith and her family lived in a 6,000-square-foot house near the Albuquerque Country Club, an older structure with details that blended nicely with the ornate, embellished, and opulent objects she’d inherited or acquired at estate sales. “But it was time for a change, so I cleaned everything out. I went from being encrusted in heirloom antiques and art to this,” says Smith, looking around her new, 2,000-square-foot home, where vaulted ceilings draw the eye to the volume and geometric lines of the architecture. With no velvet drapes in sight, daylight illuminates the foyer and living area. Neutral tones create a calming atmosphere, while Asian elements and an eclectic mix of contemporary art and a few cherished antiques add visual interest. A comfortable leather couch and upholstered chair invite relaxation. This is a place where it’s fine to rest your feet on the metal coffee table. Built by Amber Kennington, owner of Boulevard Homes, Smith’s house is one of five on a small cul-de-sac off Rio Grande Boulevard called Boulevard at Rio Grande. (Two additional lots on the street are awaiting construction.) Kennington started the company in 2005 and over the years has developed a niche with a style evoking midcentury modern (from the Route 66 heyday), but with a contemporary spin. “This is what I love: clean lines that show the details,” says Kennington of Smith’s home. “People are becoming more and more receptive to modern houses. They can be a great backdrop for any style of furnishing or art. There’s a misconception that modern has to be stark—so minimalist it’s


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not livable. Here’s an example of how you can have comfort and architectural interest without the visual clutter.” Smith’s house won the Buyer’s Choice Award in Albuquerque’s 2011 Parade of Homes, and it’s also certified by Build Green New Mexico, with energy-efficient appliances, utilities, and materials throughout. Smith moved into her house this past September, when it was still under construction and finishing details were being added. From the way she and Kennington joke around with each other, it’s evident that their relationship has evolved from a client and contractor selecting paint colors and tile to that of friends. Kennington and her family live two doors away.

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A see-through fireplace, its gas flame flickering above beach pebbles rather than faux logs, acts as a divider between the living room and kitchen. On the kitchen side, a classic Parsons table runs parallel to the rectangular hearth, forming an elegant and multifunctional dining area. The kitchen is notably clutter-free, which allows details like a rift-sawn-oak bar countertop and cabinets (all from Hanks House) and white quartz countertops (Tom Sawyer Enterprises) to shine. Sculptural oval shapes on gray tiles by Heath Ceramics add graphic beauty to the stovetop backsplash. “I’m so glad there’s not a Crock-Pot there,” says Smith,

Above: An offset pivot door from Santa Fe Door welcomes visitors. Right: Last fall, singer Hillary Smith (seen here with her daughter, Lyric) moved from an older, 6,000-square-foot house to this modern, clean-lined, 2,000-square-foot one built by Boulevard Homes.


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Smith’s intentionally clutter-free kitchen—where the singer often hosts meetings with friends, colleagues, and family—is finished with white quartz countertops from Tom Sawyer Enterprises and rift-sawn-oak cabinets from Hanks House. Appliances are tucked away in a well-lit pantry.



Smith’s home has a tranquil feel, thanks to neutral colors throughout, but it remains visually stirring with its vaulted ceilings, Asian elements, and mix of contemporary art and antiques.

indicating a corner of the countertop. “All of that stuff goes in the butler’s pantry. I sit here with my espresso and look at the cookbooks.” The espresso maker, blender, food processer, and toaster are all neatly parked out of sight in the well-lit pantry. Because she works at night, Smith doesn’t spend much time cooking elaborate meals in her new kitchen, but it’s an inspiring and inviting gathering place where conversation is served daily. “A lot goes down here. I like being the talk-show host at the center of it all,’’ jokes Smith, who no doubt commands the kitchen stage as well as any other. “All the band rehearsals take place here in the house, and this is where I have meetings with Lyric, my 16-year-old, and her friends.”

dramatic vision

The massive, central-pivot glass doors on the east wall of the living room open onto a patio with a cast-in-place concrete fireplace, doubling the entertaining area. “It’s the perfect place to do a house concert; just open the doors,” says Smith, whose professional music career began shortly after she came here, in 1981, to attend the University of New Mexico. A number of music awards—along with devotional retablos and family portraits—are on display in Smith’s intimate office, just off the living room. All


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“People are becoming more and more receptive to modern homes,” says Amber Kennington of Boulevard Homes. “They can be a great backdrop for any style of furnishing or art.” of it, like the gold-leaf chair that’s upholstered in rose-colored velvet (part of a set inherited from her grandmother), pops beautifully against charcoal-gray walls. “Hillary put her own stamp on the house with dramatic accent colors. She has a great eye for color and her own style definitely comes through,” says Kennington, clearly appreciative of the results. In addition to selecting paint colors, Smith also picked out the pillow-glass tiles in Lyric’s bathroom, which is shared with the guest bedroom. The shared bath is part of Kennington’s continued on page 90 Right: Smith picked out the tiles in Lyric’s clean-lined yet feminine bathroom. Below: Smith’s bedroom opens onto a master bathroom that features a fireplace and flat-screen TV in front of an oversized porcelain tub.


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Left: The master bath includes two porcelain sinks—one on each side of an oak table customdesigned by Hanks House—separated by a double-sided mirror that hangs on a suspended cable system. Below: Lyric’s bedroom features the neutral color palette seen throughout the house.



striking a balance

In Santa Fe’s Railyard district, a super-efficient “passive house” is design-forward and family-friendly

By Eve Tolpa


Photographs by Amadeus Leitner

any Americans have gotten it into their heads that saving energy means making sacrifices—in money, in comfort, in quality of life. Upfront costs for green building have often seemed daunting and out of reach, a steep investment with payoffs that could only be tracked over a period of years. It doesn’t have to be that way, according to Jonah Stanford of Mojarrab Stanford Architects (MoSA). For almost a year now, Stanford, his wife Edie Dillman, and the couple’s two children have been living in New Mexico’s first passive house. Dubbed

the Balance Project, this game-changing mixed-use condo was built for less than $150 per square foot and uses (are you sitting down?) one-tenth of the energy of a typical residence. “There’s no reason not to do it anymore,” says Stanford, who designed the building in conjunction with his business partner, Vahid Mojarrab. “You don’t have any excuses.” The passive house concept (Passivhaus) originated in Germany, and its philosophy dovetails with other movements that encourage global thinking and local action. Passive houses are extra insulated and constructed in ways that require very little supplemental energy for

Jonah Stanford can be reached at Mojarrab Stanford Architects, 505-577-4295, 40

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The home’s contemporary design looks just right in Santa Fe’s lower Railyard district. Strategically placed, triple-pane windows let light in but keep outside air at bay. Above: Jonah Stanford and Edie Dillman relax in the breezeway between their residence and Stanford’s office.



“It’s cheaper to save energy than to generate it,” says Stanford.

heating or cooling. In fact, by meeting the rigorous passive house criteria, a building generally uses 90 percent less energy than a similar one constructed using standard building methods. And energy generated through the use of photovoltaic panels or wind power doesn’t count toward meeting passive house requirements. “You have to mandate that efficiency,” Stanford says. “If you prioritize it, you’re able to make conscious decisions to reduce the cost of efficiency.” “It’s cheaper to save energy than to generate it,” he adds. “Insulation is cheap, and it never needs maintenance. There are no durability issues with insulation.” There are, roughly, 15 passive houses in the U.S. and 25,000 worldwide, most of them in Western Europe. Stanford became a Certified Passive House Consultant in 2008, and MoSA has since devised a way to apply the movement’s requirements to standard North American construction protocol in general and to the Southwest’s climate and terrain in particular. “We really saw that this was the future of our architectural business,” says Stanford.

having it all

The Balance Project also represents the Stanford-Dillman family’s process of putting their personal values into practice. The couple chose Santa Fe’s lower Railyard as the site for the project because of the area’s commitment to mixed-use development and infill. The 3,450 square-foot property comprises the offices of MoSA on one side of a breezeway and 42

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Opposite page: Porcelain tile countertops are edged with aluminum and sit atop dark wood cabinets from Ikea. Stanford used a low-VOC finish on the field concrete floors throughout the house. This page: The living areas are light and bright, welcoming Stanford and Dillman’s daughter Tulah, 7, and son Tate, 4. Dog Betty finds the house perfect for lounging.

Dillman and Stanford made the nightstands in their bedroom using stumps from Hansen’s Lumber in Santa Fe. Above: A second-floor porch is a favorite sleeping spot on warm summer nights.


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calibrated ventilation. Yet as important as windows are, focusing piecemeal on disparate construction elements is counterproductive. Passive houses require holistic planning on the macro level and meticulous assembly on the micro. According to Dillman, the process is “the opposite of how people think about building green,” which tends to involve a series of number-crunching trade-offs, “rather than creating an integrated design from the outset.” Because passive house designers are called upon to respond to specific physical sites and their accompanying cultures, the movement exemplifies a return to regional architecture, a subject in which Stanford is well versed. After moving to Santa Fe 13 years ago from Chicago, where he and Dillman met, he worked for a firm involved in historic preservation. “I developed a huge amount of respect for indigenous construction and materials,” Stanford says. 46

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Building an ultra-efficient passive house involves “creating an integrated design from the outset,” Dillman says, not considering a series of number-crunching trade-offs late in the building game.

Passive houses can be tailored to personal aesthetic as well as locale.

Resource efficiency extends to the home’s landscaping, where plants are watered using roof runoff. Opposite page: Stanford and his business partner, Vahid Mojarrab, at work in the MoSA office.

“This building is an outcropping of that heritage,” Dillman adds. “Those buildings were really appropriate at the time,” and the Balance Project is similarly appropriate now, given the knowledge and resources available.

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More than once Dillman mentions that the house is not fancy, and she’s right. But there is tremendous beauty and appeal in its simplicity and efficiency. It contains everything the family needs and nothing they don’t. One thing she and Stanford continued on page 92



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Signature Community

New City By Laura Sanchez


ime travel almost seems possible at Mesa del Sol, the unique city-within-a-city just south of the Albuquerque airport that combines community values of the past with energy and planning ideas of the future. The sheer scale of Mesa del Sol—12,900 acres—sets it apart from other planned communities. Its vastness makes it possible to implement sustainable practices here—such as contouring the land for efficient drainage and irrigation using storm water harvested from the site—that are difficult to execute in a smaller setting. Also unusual is that Mesa del Sol created jobs before it began building houses. Companies brought in by master developer Forest City Covington, NM, LLC, include movie studios and worldwide leaders in renewable energy. Chris Anderson, Forest City Covington’s vice president for development, says Mesa del Sol currently hosts 2,200 permanent positions, with 200 to 300 construction jobs ongoing. The complex venture began in the mid-1980s, when then-State Land Commissioner Jim Baca saw the huge tract of state-owned land as a key to Albuquerque’s future growth. The city annexed the land in 1993, the University of New Mexico joined the endeavor, and Mesa del Sol received state funding for infrastructure in the mid-2000s. Forest City Covington was selected as the master

developer, and Peter Calthorpe, a leading proponent of New Urbanism, created Mesa del Sol’s master plan. Groundbreaking for the first neighborhood took place in October 2011, with home construction scheduled to be completed this spring.

Beauty, sustainability, and convenience come together in Mesa del Sol, a planned community in southeast Albuquerque. Mesa del Sol’s first neighborhood, Portrait Park, is based on two of Albuquerque’s prized and walkable historic districts, Ridgecrest and Nob Hill, which mix homes, shops, parks, and schools.. The first three approved homebuilders—Pulte Homes, RayLee Homes, and Rachel Matthew Homes—were chosen based on reputation, commitment to quality, and financial stability. Each builder is specializing in a specific price and size range, and each offers four or more floor plans that can be finished in local styles: Territorial, Northern New Mexico, Pueblo Revival, Craftsman, and Contemporary Southwest. Prices range from the high-$100s to the mid-$300s. Each home meets the Energy Star 3.0 standard and the Build Green New Mexico Silver standard. Also, homeowners have the option of purchasing a 2-kW rooftop PV system. Houses are set up for rainwater harvesting and have water-sensitive fixtures. Amenities already in place include bike and running trails, football and soccer fields, and a K–6 school (slated to expand to K–8). Ten small pocket parks are planned for Portrait Park, as are a long central park and a swimming pool.

For more information about Mesa del Sol, call 505-452-2600 or visit

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Pulte Homes

5723 University Boulevard SE

Mesa del Sol


3 bedrooms 2½ baths 1,776 sq. ft. $236,365 Sales Department (505) 761-9606

This home sells at a base price of $197,990. The optional features included in this home are 42-inch-tall birch cabinets, granite countertops in the kitchen, stainless steel appliances, recessed


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can lighting, a home entertainment system, cultured marble countertops in the bathrooms, a water catchment system, and upgraded tile and carpet flooring.

From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.

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Pulte Homes

5727 University Boulevard SE

Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 1,943 sq. ft. $242,656 Sales Department (505) 761-9606

This home sells at a base price of $204,990. The optional features included in this home are solidsurface countertops in the kitchen, upgraded appliances, a deck off the master bedroom, over-

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sized sliding glass doors, a home entertainment system, a water catchment system, upgraded tile and carpet flooring, and a solar package.

From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.


Pulte Homes

5723 Bourke-White Drive SE

Mesa del Sol

4 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,443 sq. ft. $340,266 Sales Department (505) 761-9606

This home sells at a base price of $264,990. The optional features included in this home are a gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops; a large

covered patio; recessed can lighting; a home entertainment system; oversized sliding glass doors; luxury master bathroom; fireplace; and upgraded wood, tile, and carpet flooring.

From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.



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Pulte Homes

5719 Bourke-White Drive SE

Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,123 sq. ft. $291,091 Sales Department (505) 761-9606

From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol. This home sells at a base price of $243,990. The optional features included in this home are 42-inch-tall birch cabinets, solid-surface countertops in the kitchen, recessed can lighting, a

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home entertainment system, oversized sliding glass doors, a luxury master bathroom, a fireplace, upgraded tile and carpet flooring, and a solar package.


Rachel Matthew Homes 5732 Witkin Street SE

Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 1,500 sq. ft. $187,500 Marlene Vance (505) 792-4663

Starting in the mid-$100s, Rachel Matthew Homes is honored to be part of the Cottage Green collection at Mesa del Sol. These charming Craftsman-style homes are built to the certi-


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fied Build Green New Mexico level and are very comfortably priced. No matter what your lifestyle, Rachel Matthew Homes has you covered.

From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.

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RayLee Homes: A New Generation 5735 Witkin Street SE

Mesa del Sol


3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,720 sq. ft. $240,000 Tammy Thornton (505) 917-1677

From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol. This Pueblo-style two-story home combines traditional New Mexico architecture with contemporary style. An open kitchen and living arrangement provides flexibility for optimal liv-

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ing and entertaining. The downstairs owner’s suite and spa-like bath is a perfect retreat. Two bedrooms and a full bath upstairs make this home spacious for family and friends.


Rachel Matthew Homes 2523 Steiglitz Avenue SE

Mesa del Sol

4 bedrooms 3½ baths 3,006 sq. ft. $384,900 Marlene Vance (505) 792-4663

From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol. Starting in the high-$200s, Rachel Matthew Homes is excited to be part of Albuquerque’s new community Mesa del Sol. This home is a fine representation of the great things traditional New Mexico–style homes

have to offer, with a new urban flair. Old meets new, and sparks fly! Visit our Fiesta model home, and let us show you how we had your family and lifestyle in mind when these highly functional designs were created.



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Vineyard Homes 56 Kiva Loop


remodel 3,141 sq. ft. $575,000 sales price $203,000

(cost of remodeled portion of home)

Deborah Short (505) 235-5225

This gorgeous home was totally remodeled and updated! The kitchen has beautiful signature custom cabinets and new appliances. The home features high ceilings, three indoor living areas,

an outdoor deck, three outdoor dining areas, stunning custom tile work, and an outdoor kiva fireplace. This home is for sale—you must see this one! This is a stunning home.


From Albuquerque, take I-40 east to Exit 175. Take the ramp for NM 14 north toward Cedar Crest. Turn right onto NM 333 (Route 66). Turn left onto NM 14 and continue approximately 8.5 miles. Turn left into the first Paa-Ko entrance. Turn left on Kiva Place. Proceed to Kiva Loop, and turn left to 56 Kiva Loop.

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Panorama Homes 21 Broken Arrow


3 bedrooms 3½ baths 3,961 sq. ft. $815,000 John Lowe (505) 688-6834

Located in the newest gated area of Paa-Ko Village Communities, with glorious mountain views, the vast covered porches and patios of this beautiful mountain home provide ample options for

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outdoor living. Built to certified green standards, this home is energy efficient as well.

From the Big I, go east on I-40 for 14.5 miles. Take Exit 175 toward NM 14/Cedar Crest. Drive north on NM 14 about 9.5 miles; turn left at the second Paa-Ko entrance. Take the first right onto PaaKo Drive; turn left on Rain Dance Road. Near the end of the road, turn left at the first gated entrance, Broken Arrow. The home is at Shiprock and Broken Arrow.

Alternative Building Solutions 31 IdleWilde Lane


3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,235 sq. ft. $259,292 Kerry L. Lujan & Olivia Stuard (505) 832-6111 or 991-0508

This custom home’s majestic entry will leave you breathless as you gaze out the cathedral wall of windows that capture the southern solar exposure. Accentuated by the Harman XXV pellet

stove, it’s warm country living at its best. This home has a kitchen any chef would embrace, with granite countertops, a built-in steam cooker, and convection oven.

Take I-40 east to Edgewood, Exit 187, and merge right .3 miles. Turn right onto NM 344 and continue through the stoplight 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Martinez Road and follow the curve 1.4 miles (the road becomes County Road A99). Turn right onto IdleWilde Lane and continue .3 miles.



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71 Nature Pointe Drive

Nature Pointe

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,900 sq. ft. $699,000 Scott Pettinger (505) 263-7818

Two acres of pines surround this majestic ponderosa-beamed lodge. This home will remind you of an intimate national park lodge, replete with expansive view-inspired porches, a massive

stone wood-burning fireplace, and hand-hewn timber trusses. Wildlife is abundant, nature’s surprises await, and watercolor sunsets and nightly star-filled heavens are yours to enjoy.

From Albuquerque, take I-40 east to Zuzax, Exit 178. Drive east on Old Highway 66 (Highway 333) for 2 miles. Turn right (south) on Five Hills Road and continue for .1 miles. Turn right (west) on Sedillo Road and continue .4 miles. Turn left (south) on Avenida Allegra and enter the gate to Nature Pointe on the left. Continue on Nature Pointe Drive to number 71.

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Paschich Design Group 1809 Stagecoach Road SE

Four Hills

4 bedrooms 5 baths 4,000 sq. ft. $900,000 Wristen Paschich


(505) 250-1887

From I-40 east, take Tramway Boulevard south. Continue into Four Hills on Stagecoach Road. Stay on Stagecoach Road until you reach the address 1809.

This progressive architectural design by Paschich Design Group located in Four Hills demonstrates a sophisticated synthesis of contemporary design elements. Using modern geometries,

forms, and spaces, the home confidently reveals itself. The concrete floors, steel shade canopy, and avant-garde kitchen layout reshape the way we consider living.





Twilight Homes 523 Avital Street NE

4 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,400 sq. ft. $279,500 Vincent Pizzonia (505) 506-7007

This spacious 2,400-square-foot townhome in the Northeast Heights has it all! The flexible fourbedroom plan features two master suites with walk-in closets, dual vanities, and separate tubs


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and showers. Entertain in your gourmet kitchen then step out to enjoy both city and mountain views from oversize front and rear balconies.

From the Big I, take I-40 east. Exit at Tramway Boulevard and turn left (north) on Tramway. Take the first right onto Encantado Road. Take the first right onto Avital Road. The home is the sixth home on the right.



The Strosnider Company 1440 Vinca Trail NE

Chelwood Hills

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,560 sq. ft. $299,300 Patrick Strosnider (505) 884-7666 or 610-0806 or

At this home Tuscan architecture is accented by cultured stone, an oversized entry door, and wrought-iron accents. Twelve-foot ceilings along with an open kitchen showcase an open


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floor plan. Andersen wood windows along with Energy Star design and independent third-party certification guarantee energy efficiency. Universal design elements are also incorporated.

Take I-40 east to Tramway Boulevard. Turn left on Tramway to Indian School Road. Turn left on Indian School and continue .25 miles to Eastridge Drive. Turn left on Eastridge and continue for half a block to Vinca Trail. Enter the gated community and continue to 1440 Vinca Trail.

Scott Patrick Homes


5116 High Desert Place NE

Wilderness Village


3–4 bedrooms 4 baths 3,278 sq. ft. $788,500 Meryl Manning Segel (505) 250-5988

Built on a higher platform, this amenity-filled custom home captures Sandia Mountain views from almost every room. A unique open floor plan with a great flow makes this a perfect home for Su Casa 1/2 page:Layout 1


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Take I-40 east to Tramway Boulevard. Proceed north on Tramway past Montgomery Boulevard to Spain Road. Turn right on Spain into High Desert and continue to the last stop sign. Turn right onto High Desert Place and continue south into Wilderness Village to the top of High Desert Place.


SCOTT PATRICK CUSTOM HOMES SKY VIEW PRE-DESIGNED HOMES Whether it’s in the foothills of High Desert, along the Bosque trails in Andalucía, or the open mesa of Mariposa, Scott Patrick Family of Homes offers you a choice of planned communities to suit your lifestyle.

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Diego Handcrafted Homes 216 Spring Creek Place NE

Sandia Heights North

remodel足 1,700 sq. ft. (includes 550 sq. ft. addition) $348,000

(cost of remodeled portion of home)

Diego M. Ruiz (505) 573-8888

This addition and remodel of an old Spanish Pueblo adobe home at the foothills of the Sandia Mountains captures spectacular views and preserves its original architectural character.


Plaster finishes, wood beams, and brick floors were carefully matched and carried throughout the skillfully crafted enlarged kitchen, dining room, and master suite.

From I-25 north, turn right onto Paseo del Norte. Turn left onto NM 556 W/Tramway Boulevard. Turn right onto Tramway Road. Turn left onto Juniper Hill Road. Take the first left to stay on Juniper Hill Road. Take a slight left onto Juniper Hill Loop. Turn left onto Spring Creek Drive. Take a slight right to stay on Spring Creek Drive. Turn right onto Spring Creek Place.

Plumbsquare Construction 12405 San Francisco Road NE

North Albuquerque Acres


3 bedrooms 3 baths 3,560 sq. ft. $815,000 Rick Atchinson (505) 991-0537

Spacious, elegant, and functional, this smart, energyconscious home was designed and constructed by Plumbsquare Construction in collaboration with owner/realtor Bridget Hazen of Nest Realty New


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Mexico. A thoughtful approach to location, lot, and lifestyle is evident throughout this home. Experience the quality and value of this custom home delivered by Plumbsquare Construction.

Take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte. Drive east on Paseo del Norte to Tramway Boulevard, and drive south on Tramway. At Tramway Boulevard and San Rafael Avenue, go west on San Rafael to Tennyson Street. Go north on Tennyson to San Francisco Road. Go west on San Francisco, and the home is the second house on the north side of the street.



Panorama Homes

9916 Cielito Oeste Way NE

Cielo Estates

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,806 sq. ft. $500,000 John Lowe (505) 688-6834

Located in Cielo Estates, Albuquerque’s newest Northeast Heights subdivision, this beautiful and unique Nuevo Mexican eclectic–style home has two living areas. Every affordable home in this


subdivision is custom designed and will be built to certified green standards, and each lot has fantastic view potential!

Take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte. Travel east on Paseo del Norte almost 3 miles to Holbrook Street. Turn right on Holbrook, and then left onto Palomas Avenue. Make another immediate left onto the frontage road, and follow the frontage road to the subdivision entrance. Turn left on Cielito Oeste Way. The home is on the right.

Renaissance Custom Homes 9809 Datura Trail NE



5 bedrooms 3 baths 3,351 sq. ft. $659,900 Oscar Muniz & Gary Padilla (505) 489-1000 and 720-4444

This Tuscan-style custom home features up to five bedrooms, three full baths, a private courtyard, two private patios, Versailles travertine, beautiful stone accents, and an upper lookout


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deck with panoramic views. This home has ecofriendly features and many custom features you’d find in a much more expensive home. “Luxury homes at affordable pricing.”

From I-25 north and Paseo del Norte, drive east on Paseo del Norte to Holbrook Street. Turn north on Holbrook and turn immediately right or east into the Ocotillo subdivision. Once in the subdivision, take the first left (north) and the first right (east) on Datura Trail.



New Haven Homes 619 Paseo del Bosque NW

remodel 2,834 sq. ft. $407,500

(cost of remodeled portion of home)

Bill Reynolds (505) 890-5476

It was a complete transformation for this dated North Valley redbrick home. The extensive redesign and renovation included raising the roof, opening the floor plan, and allowing for timber-

beam construction inside and out. Features include hand-crafted wood ceilings, the warmth of wood floors, and a heavy stone mantel over a wood-burning fireplace.

Take I-25 north to Alameda Boulevard. Take Alameda west to 4th Street. From 4th Street travel north approximately 1 mile to Paseo del Bosque. Go west on Paseo del Bosque, and the home is about .5 miles ahead on the right.




Rutherford Design & Construction 8650 Rio Grande Boulevard NW


4 bedrooms 3½ baths 2,709 sq. ft. $861,000

(price includes existing guesthouse and lot improvements)

Ric Rutherford (505) 720-1404

This unique custom home by award-winning Rutherford Design & Construction is strategically designed to fit a narrow 1.6-acre lot. The home features an expansive great room integrated with


a combination dining, kitchen, and living room and exposed truss timbers set high in the spectacular 14-foot vaulted ceilings. Let Rutherford Design & Construction design and build your custom home!

Take I-25 northbound to the Alameda Boulevard exit. Turn left, heading west on Alameda to the stoplight at Rio Grande Boulevard. Turn left (south) and go approximately 1.25 miles. The home is on the east side of Rio Grande Boulevard just before the Paseo del Norte overpass.


Panorama Homes 2700 Ornella NW

4 bedrooms 3½ baths 3,347 sq. ft. $661,000 John Lowe (505) 688-6834

Tucked beneath the cottonwood trees in the heart of the bosque, this spacious and open family-friendly home captures the essence of comfortable North Valley living. Built to certi-


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fied green standards, this home is energy efficient as well.

From the Big I, travel west on I-40 for 1.6 miles. Take Exit 157A to Rio Grande Boulevard and turn right. Travel north on Rio Grande approximately 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Campbell Road. Drive .5 miles and turn left at Ornella. The home is at the end of the road.



Kayeman Custom Homes 3533A Rio Grande Boulevard NW

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,754 sq. ft. $600,000 Mike Cecchini (505) 450-4540

A contemporary Northern New Mexico–style home nestled along the Rio Grande is the perfect setting for this Kayeman custom home. Designed by architect Leslie Burke, this home has all of the


sustainable features that come with a Kayeman home. This home has passive and active solar and will be Kayeman’s second certified Build Green New Mexico Emerald-level home.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Rio Grande Boulevard. Drive north to 3533A Rio Grande Boulevard. Take the road back to the property. Continue to the last house on the north side of the road.


Scott Patrick Homes 5008 Camino Valle NW

El Bosque in Andalucia

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,775 sq. ft. $487,266 Meryl Manning Segel (505) 828-9900 or 250-5988

North Valley living awaits you in this semicustom home designed to be light, bright, and open with large window walls highlighting the surrounding bosque and arroyo areas. The open

kitchen looks through the main living areas for an inclusive, casual feel while the master bedroom is separated from the additional bedrooms and study for maximum privacy.

Take I-40 west to Coors Boulevard northbound (Exit 155). Turn right onto Coors and continue 1.5 miles, turning right onto Sevilla Road into Andalucia. Continue to Tres Gracias, turn left, and follow into El Bosque, a gated community.




Tiara Homes

4700 Cayetana Place NW

Andalucia at La Luz


4 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,324 sq. ft. $379,900 Rich Gantner (505) 797-6650

This home is beautifully appointed with custom features galore, including granite countertops, custom tile work throughout, raised-panel pine doors and stained trim, a bright, open floor plan,


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raised ceilings, a separate master suite with a large walk-in closet, and a spacious yet functional bath. The home has lots of skylights and a large private patio perfect for entertaining.

Take I-40 west to Coors Boulevard. Turn right on Coors, then turn right on Sevilla Avenue. Turn right on Mi Cordelia. Turn right on Rafael Cruz, turn right on Monte Frio, then turn left on Edwardo. Turn left on Cayetana Place to the home.


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9623 Stormcloud Avenue NW

Stormcloud at The Petroglyphs

4 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,706 sq. ft. $272,784 Jennifer Dean (505) 797-4245

The newly designed Roark plan is a highly functional, spacious, and stylish home built for the way homeowners want to live. From its impressive truck-size garage to the elegant master

bedroom and private balcony, the Roark is an exceptional value and a must see! The home is Build Green New Mexico Silver-level certified.

Drive west on I-40 from the Big I, then turn right on 98th Street. The road turns into Arroyo Vista Boulevard. Turn right on Tierra Pintada Boulevard. Turn right on Stormcloud Avenue. The home is on the left.

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STORMCLOUD AT THE PETROGLYPHS, located in NW Albuquerque, is where you and your family will create your own traditions…your own way of life. New beginnings in a beautiful new community…a beautiful new home. Stormcloud at the Petroglyphs has nature trails, parks and schools nearby, and is within walking distance of Petroglyphs National Monument.

Homes from $170s • 1,546 to 3,039 sq. ft. Build Green New Mexico Silver Level Certified 505.352.3937

Prices, availability, incentives, plan features and materials are subject to change without notice and will vary by subdivision. Square footages are approximate. All floor plans and elevations are artist’s renderings. Not all buyers will qualify for all programs. See a D.R. Horton sales consultant in the community for details. D.R. Horton Inc. 505-797-4245. Build Green NM is a voluntary statewide program for certifying green technologies, products and practices in homebuilding. Only those homes certified within the BGNM program will receive a “certified” designation. Although some D.R. Horton homes are constructed using BGNM criteria, D.R. Horton makes no representations as to actual energy cost savings or specific energy performance. For more information, visit



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6704 Treeline Avenue NW

Taos at The Trails


3 bedrooms 2½ baths 1,997 sq. ft. $232,984 Jennifer Dean (505) 797-4245

This Highland model is great for entertaining or just relaxing in its spacious family room, stylish kitchen, and inviting nook. The generous window sizing provides abundant natural light, and the

nine-foot ceilings add to its openness. This home is Build Green New Mexico Silver-level certified and offers comfort and energy efficiency.

Drive west on I-40 from the Big I, and turn right on Unser Boulevard. Turn left on Rainbow Boulevard. Turn right on Universe Boulevard and left on Treeline Avenue. Arrive at 6704 Treeline on the left.

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located in NW Albuquerque, is where you and your family will create your own traditions…your own way of life. New beginnings in a beautiful new community…a beautiful new home. Taos at the Trails has nature trails, parks and schools nearby, including the new state-of-the-art Volcano Vista High School.

Homes from $140s • 1,178 to 1,997 sq. ft. Build Green New Mexico Silver Level Certified 505.792.4088

Prices, availability, incentives, plan features and materials are subject to change without notice and will vary by subdivision. Square footages are approximate. All floor plans and elevations are artist’s renderings. Not all buyers will qualify for all programs. See a D.R. Horton sales consultant in the community for details. D.R. Horton Inc. 505-797-4245. Build Green NM is a voluntary statewide program for certifying green technologies, products and practices in homebuilding. Only those homes certified within the BGNM program will receive a “certified” designation. Although some D.R. Horton homes are constructed using BGNM criteria, D.R. Horton makes no representations as to actual energy cost savings or specific energy performance. For more information, visit


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2729 Redondo Santa Fe NE

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3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,763 sq. ft. $209,990 Vincent Pizzonia (505) 506-7007

This stunning one-story contemporary home located in Rio Rancho’s premier community, Mariposa, is not only beautiful but also incredibly energy efficient. It is built to Silver-level green


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standards with a solar panel rooftop system. The spacious kitchen is open to the dining and family rooms, which share a three-sided fireplace.

Take I-25 north to Bernalillo, Exit 242. Turn left on Highway 550 and drive west 7 miles to Northwest Loop Road. Turn left on Northwest Loop and continue 2 miles to Mariposa Parkway. Turn right on Mariposa Parkway to enter Mariposa and continue to the home.

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Patriot Homes

6032 Magnet Road NE

High Ridge Estates

4 bedrooms 3 baths 3,121 sq. ft. $422,000 Jimmy Porter (505) 974-5300

Patriot Homes thought outside the box when creating this custom home. The home has a 1,000-square-foot covered portico, slate ceiling at the entry, hand-carved viga posts, and a gour-


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met kitchen. The master shower is one of a kind. The master bath has flagstone flooring and features a six-foot jetted tub surrounded by natural moss rock and a waterfall that fills the tub.

From the Big I, go north on I-25 to Bernalillo, Exit 242. Turn left on Highway 550 and proceed 5.3 miles to Chayote Road. Turn left and follow to the fourway stop. Continue straight and then turn left on Magnet Road.

The Remodelers Showcase & Expo Come to the Shellaberger Tennis Center at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design and get great ideas for your new home or remodel project.

April 28 & 29, 2012 ADMISSION FREE Talk to builders, trades, and suppliers of products including green products for your home. You can also review the portfolios of remodelers and designers who have submitted their projects in the Showcase and find out who was recognized for Excellence in Remodeling. The official magazine will be available for free at the Expo and sponsor locations.

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Easy room makeovers, accessories and special touches to update and enhance the look of your home. Outdoor living with affordable style. Transform your living space. With home improvement specialists.

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Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to see many of the area’s finest home improvement and outdoor design companies together in one convenient place. The show features more than 250 fantastic displays of products and services designed for Southwest living. Whether you are looking to hire or do it yourself, you’ll collect practical info and find helpful ideas on how to enhance your home and garden.

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REGISTER TO WIN 5 LANDSCAPE PACKAGES Buildology, New Mexico’s leading source for construction and landscape materials, Belgard Hardscapes known for their fine line of hardscapes and pavers and WaterQuest Landscaping have again teamed up for our feature landscape in Hall B. They will also be providing a fantastic landscaping package give a way that will be delivered to one lucky winners home. Artisitic Landscaping and Trees will be giving away: 3 Tree Health Care packages which will cover trimming, maintence, removal and medication for trees in your yard. First package with up to a $5,000 value, 2nd $2500, 3rd $1,000 Rocky Mountain Stone 70 sq ft of Rainbow Granite Pavers ($500 value). Choice of premade granite island/table top ($300-700 value). Plus we will deliver these items (not install) within the metro area.

GARDENING SEMINARS Featuring LOCAL PROFESSIONALS: Saturday 11:00: Mike Dooley “Landscape Design and Installation for the do-it-yourselfer” 12:00: Bard Edrington “Edible Landscaping” 1:00: Curtis Smith “Container Gardening” 2:00: Hank Bruce “The Opportunity Garden, Accessible neighborhood Gardens”

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make a splash Refresh yourself—or retreat from the world—in a stylish bathroom by Samantha Schwirck

Rich wood tones warm this Santa Fe bathroom, which features lyptus (a hybrid of eucalyptus and mahogany) cabinetry from Hanks House. Large windows around the freestanding oval tub (by Philippe Starck for Duravit) frame views of the pretty backyard.

Architect: Jon Dick, Archaeo Architects, 505-820-7200, Builder: Gianardi Construction, 505-982-2200

simplicity A simple yet luxurious open shower is the focus of this minimalist master bathroom, designed by architect Jon Dick of Archaeo Architects and built by Gianardi Construction, both of Santa Fe. The homeowners’ Northern European roots, combined with their passion for Zen-like modernism, inspired the clean-lined look. “It was almost a reductive process,” Dick says of achieving the final goal. “We wanted to see how lean we could make the space and still have it succeed.” In addition to the open shower, the bathroom features a tub alcove with three windows that look to the rocky landscape and backyard garden. Plaster in a warm sand color (from Fabu-Wall-ous Solutions) complements the textural tile floors and continues the bathroom’s calming palette.


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The stunning open shower has a teak floor (by TeakWorks4u), a square rain-style showerhead by Jado, and a hand-held showerhead by Hansgrohe.



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An eclectic mix of old and new pieces—along with terra-cotta Tabarka Studio tile from Statements in Tile/Lighting/Kitchens/Flooring— gives this bathroom its flair. The Kohler claw-foot tub with black cast-iron feet is from Dahl Santa Fe; the brass chandelier is antique.

indulgence For nearly 20 years, Melissa Offenhartz took the easy way out when decorating her New York City apartments, relying on Pottery Barn catalogs and choosing “safe” furnishings. When she bought a home in Taos in 2010, Offenhartz enlisted interior designer Donna Nelson of Nelson Interiors to help her renovate and get in touch with her own personal style (eclectic and “not matchy-matchy”). “It was really important for me to have a home that was comfortable and livable—and I wanted it to feel like it had been there forever, like an old Taos house,” says Offenhartz. The “old-world” look was largely achieved through one of the first renovations in this master bathroom: installing the bold, dramatic tile. “The black, brown, and cream made me think of a Moroccan spa . . . a luscious, dramatic, feminine retreat that you’d never want to leave,” Offenhartz says. The walls’ rich plaster finish and two clear windows (replacing the glass-block window that was there before) add even more elegance to the room. “It’s a bathroom you could spend hours in, reading in the tub,” Nelson says. “Very warm and embracing.”

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A stream of river pebbles flows from the shower floor and across the maple wood floors. (Flooring from Architectural Surfaces, Inc.) Left: Double square-basin sinks— illuminated by hanging fixtures from Creative Lighting—sit on limestone countertops from United Stoneworks and custom cabinetry by Hanks House. Inset: Contemporary barnstyle doors by Hanks House separate the master bedroom from the bathroom and closet.



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hether your ideal bathroom is small or large, simple or luxurious, oldfashioned or modern, it serves a fundamental need—and should be able to do so for a very long time. It makes sense, therefore, to want your bathroom to be well-suited to your lifestyle and to carry you through the years; but with recession-driven challenges impacting the housing industry and the overall push for eco-friendliness, designing and building your dream bathroom (or even a fitting alternative) might seem financially and ecologically impossible. To ease your uncertainties and inspire your creativity, Scott Gibson, former editor of Fine Homebuilding, tackles these topics and more in his photo-driven sourcebook, New Bathroom Ideas that Work. Gibson is well versed in the world of homebuilding: in the past he’s written about everything from photovoltaic lights to beveled wood siding. His writing here isn’t extravagant, but his advice is practical and his authority comes through in his clear

“Some of the most appealing shower designs are curbless, easy-access showers that are integrated with the rest of the bathroom,” Gibson writes.


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descriptions. (One such example: “It doesn’t make sense to choose delicate, water-sensitive materials for a bathroom to be used by your children,” he writes.) Each section’s personal, colorful content comes from the hundreds of beautiful accompanying photographs, which convey minute details (like the type of pebble used in a bathroom’s mosaic stone wall) as well as the “big picture” (an antique tub sitting in front of a grand window with sweeping mountain views). From the basics (what will the room be used for?) to the extremes (color-therapy tubs and wall-mounted toilets), Gibson tells you what’s worth your time and money. “Although it costs more to work through a general contractor, you’re getting the benefit of his or her experience, access to skilled subcontractors, and knowledgeable oversight on the site. Plus, you have a better chance of getting the job done on schedule,” he writes in the first chapter. Along the way, you’ll also find great information on fixtures, tubs, showers, floors, walls, ceilings, temperature control, storage, and finishing touches, plus water conservation and aging-in-place. —Samantha Schwirck 86

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Did you know that your wall’s paint color has the ability to wink at you when you enter a room? Or that the shade of your ceiling can be, at once, both witty and educated? Choosing the right color is important— which is why there are color experts like Eve Ashcraft. A formally trained painter (she has a fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design), Ashcraft has developed paint lines for such clients as Martha Stewart and Thomas Kinkade. In her new guidebook, The Right Color, she gives step-by-step instructions on how to find colors that work for you—both physically and emotionally. The book begins by covering the basics of color: its history, science, and language. (Try not to overlook this section; it’s filled with interesting factoids like the bubonic plague’s popularization of the color black in 1347.) Ashcraft then dives in, explaining how to effectively choose colors for walls, ceilings, and floors in order to change the scale of a room, complement trim, or brighten tiny spaces. Ashcraft concludes by answering questions like how the sun will wear on paint that costs $90 per gallon, or if your kid’s fingerprints will show up more on satin or semi-gloss paint; she also goes on to outline the painting process. One last bonus: Thanks to its colorful, full-page photographs and clever illustrations, Ashcraft’s guide can also double as an attractive coffee-table book.—SS

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Left: This hotel room features a bed upholstered with regal blue velvet to “temper the opinionated pink, creating a gender-neutral balance,� Ashcraft writes. Above: A sample palette featuring yellow, brown, red, garnet, emerald, and sapphire.



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decided they didn’t need, at least for the time being, was doors; the house has exactly one interior door, leading into the guest bathroom. But that might change when the couple’s children, ages 4 and 7, grow a bit older. High ceilings on both floors provide a sense of spaciousness even in the children’s cozy bedrooms. Pure white walls are bright and modern. Big windows facing all directions keep the house lit naturally for most of the day, which, as Dillman puts it, “feels healthy.” LEDs are installed throughout, and even when every light in the house is turned on, the combined wattage totals only 185. Having that tight thermal envelope means it’s also very quiet. “The acoustics are really solid,” she says. “Sometimes I crack a window just to hear ambient noise.” Then there’s the indoor climate. Even though the house has radiant heat embedded in its poured concrete floors, there have only been a handful of days this year when it was necessary to turn it on. That’s Dillman’s definition of luxury. “For me, a person who is always freezing cold, I find I can totally relax here.” At night, the house loses one degree of temperature. Even during the winter, the couple needs only a light cotton blanket covering their bed. In the summer, they control heat by strategic outdoor shading, which, Stanford says, “is really easy because the sun is so high.” While acknowledging that “we live in a goldmine for solar here,” he also makes it clear that passive houses can be built in any climate. The most important thing is that the codes are met; less crucial is which specific materials are used to meet them. “The level of performance has no impact on the architectural style,” Stanford says. This means that passive houses can be tailored to personal aesthetic as well as locale. “It’s an ode to the region,” Dillman says of the Balance Project. “We have views of sky and inside-outside space in every room. It’s also about being connected to the street. It represents the culture of what Santa Fe is to us.”

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Horton.....................................................................................69, 70 Ernest Thompson Furniture & Custom Cabinets.....................88 Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions................................................................93 Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.................................27 First Mortgage Company.....................................................................95 First National Bank of Santa Fe.........................................................31 General Electric........................................................................................7 Groff Lumber Company......................................................................92 Hanks House.............................................................................................9 Hermanson Construction, Inc.........................................................10 HOAMCO.............................................................................................47 Homes By Joe Boyden.........................................................................30 Keller Williams Realty..........................................................................73 Kitchens by Craig....................................................................................92 Lambert Construction LLC...............................................................81 Marie Enterprises, Inc........................................Inside Front Cover Mike’s Quality Painting.......................................................................95 Milgard Windows & Doors................................................................17 NanaWall...................................................................................................11 Natural Lighting Company, The.......................................................91 New Haven Homes..............................................................................65 New Mexico Bank & Trust.................................................................59 New Mexico Select................................................................................49 Paa-Ko Communities..........................................................................13 Pacific Mutual Door and Window..................................................91 Panorama Homes...................................................Inside Back Cover Paschich Design Group.......................................................................57 Pella Window & Door............................................................................1 Piñon Window & Door .....................................................................90 PNM & NMGC Energy Star Homes Program..........................4 Positive Energy Solar............................................................................85 PPC Solar..................................................................................................71 Pro Source.................................................................................................26 Renewal by Andersen/Four Seasons...................................................3 Rock Steady Designs.............................................................................93 Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association...................................75 Scott Patrick Homes..............................................................................61 Sierra Pacific Windows.....................................................Back Cover Statements In Tile/Lighting/Kitchen/Flooring..........................89 Strahle Tile & Granite, Inc.................................................................93 Sun Mountain Construction.............................................................85 Thompson Heating and Air Conditioning..................................92 Twlight Homes.................................................................................58, 72 U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union.........................................2 Union Savings Bank..............................................................................29 United Stoneworks................................................................................60 VELUX.....................................................................................................15 Vineyard Homes.....................................................................................54 Western Building Supply.....................................................................48 Wholesale Timber & Viga..................................................................86

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Dream On

swimming in luxury With help from Diego Ruiz of Diego Handcrafted Homes, who completed a 1,400-square-foot addition and 1,000-square-foot remodel here last fall, the backyard of this home in the High Desert neighborhood went from simple to simply spectacular. A new solar-heated, green-built pool and hot tub from New Mexico Pools and Spas is surrounded by brick paving that extends into a newly added entertainment room. The inside/outside transition is seamless, thanks to a huge, folding glass door (it’s 21 feet wide and 10 feet tall, from Sierra Pacific Windows) that rolls open and tucks neatly away when the weather is fine. Upstairs, a spacious deck provides even more comfortable outdoor space, not to mention glorious views of the Sandias. Diego Handcrafted Homes, 505-573-8888


S U C A S A S P R I N G 2012


Don’t Mi Our 3 ss Parade of Hom es Entrie s!

Photo: ABQ Home pics


AWARD-WINNING CUSTOM HOMES – EVERY PRICE RANGE, EVERY STYLE! No Cost, No Obligation Design Model Home at 9700 Sand Verbena Trail NE (Paseo del Norte & Holbrook) | 505.688.6834

CIELO ESTATES Visit our New Subdivision located at Paseo Del Norte and Holbrook! Custom Homes from the mid-$400’s!

Su Casa Magazine Spring 2012  

Featuring our Spring 2012 Parade of Homes

Su Casa Magazine Spring 2012  

Featuring our Spring 2012 Parade of Homes