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51 Homes of Enchantment Parade 2013

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18 Life + Style Southwest New-school wallpaper, the purity of bancos, why building smaller is smarter, tips for financing your home purchase or remodel, birding gear, and more.

26 Cosas Bonitas

The right rug can add pop to any room. These New Mexico retailers sell timeless styles to liven up the Southwest home.

32 History

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36 Interiors Nine Santa Fe designers merge fashion with their own interior design style in the first-ever Show House Santa Fe.

38 Su Cocina A chef’s home in Los Ranchos was designed around (what else?) the kitchen.

112 On the Market Homeowner Chris Rath enjoys a drink in the kitchen of her contemporary Westside home. Below: A nicho in a remodeled Corrales home houses colorful religious art.

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124 Dream On


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often think of Albuquerque’s Parade of Homes as a Parade of Dreams. It’s our chance to dream about how our home can be at its finest. What’s most fun about our individual dream home is how that vision changes. What was important years ago may not apply today. Our dreams change seasonally as well. Earlier nights and falling temperatures mean we change our activities to those that are more autumnappropriate. Dinners with friends that may start on the patio will probably end indoors. After attending the Homes of Enchantment Parade, you’ll be motivated to fantasize about your dream home. Enjoy that fantasy with the realization that you can have at least some of it. The builders and remodelers in Su Casa are masters at fulfilling dreams. They are experienced with the challenges of balancing budgets with desires. I never cease to be amazed by how they can solve the unique requests of homeowners, and often very affordably. It all starts with having a dream. In this issue of Su Casa, you will experience how several homeowners have assessed their lives and defined their dream homes. In one radically transformed home in Corrales, not one square foot was added—and yet, the entire home changed. If your lifestyle or living situation has changed over the past 20 years, it’s likely your home needs to change as well. Throughout this issue you’ll see exciting results from homeowners who started at the same place you are right now. If your dream is not being fulfilled in your current house, the 40 entries in the Parade of Homes are sure to give you plenty of design ideas.  Having a home designed and built specifically for you, your needs, and most importantly, your dreams, is an exciting option.  Your only challenge is to dream—to determine how you want your home to look and how it can work as part of your lifestyle. Through it all, you’re not alone. The pages of this magazine will give you inspiration, while the builders and remodelers in these pages can make your ideas come to life. So go ahead: Dream big.

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Wallpaper steps out with innovative design by Donna Schillinger

Even in the year 1900—and on his deathbed, no less—Oscar Wilde recognized that a little wallpaper can go a long way. Sometimes, a very long way. Florals, seashells, crazy geometric patterns—these and other wallpaper clichés hung around (literally) for so long that they traumatized American home décor. And while some design trends have recycled in recent decades, a full-blown wallpaper renaissance never quite materialized—until now. Two revelations seem to have ushered it in: a cry for individuality in design, and the digital age. “Years ago, you wanted your walls to look like everyone else’s,” says Dana Stringer of Dana Stringer Interiors in Albuquerque. “Now you want unique and different.” Stringer credits wallpaper’s comeback with the long-awaited joining of consumer demand for variety with manufacturers’ willingness to get creative. “The Schumacher company has a wallpaper made 100 percent from feathers!” Stringer says. In fact, many wallpapers are missing the “paper” altogether, with materials running the gamut from grasses to hand-woven and hand-knotted hemp textiles. Maya Romanoff produces an extensive selection of the latter.

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If the revolution in textures and materials can’t convince you that wallpaper has fundamentally changed, surely an infinite number of designs will—designs so personal that, well, you actually create them. Enter the digital revolution. “New computer technology has enabled wallpaper to be so customizable,” says Emily Henry of Emily Henry Interiors in Santa Fe. “Digital printing has made custom designs so much more available at reasonable price points.” Henry asserts that digitally printed wallpaper may even be a better option than hiring an artist to create a wall mural. Any high-resolution photograph can be transformed into a wall covering. “You give the digital printer the measurements and the elevation, and they can create a design precise to the fraction of an inch,” says Henry. Advantages over mural painting include a more finished look, less expense and intrusion in placing, and, best of all, preapproval before making it a permanent part of your décor. “There is a commitment to wallpaper. It’s a much bigger deal than changing a paint color,” Henry cautions, recalling remodeling projects she worked on in older homes that

From top left: Maya Romanoff; Thibaut/Anna French Wallcoverings (2)

“This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes, or I do.”

revealed layer upon layer of bygone papers. Although it is possible to simply paint over wallpaper, there will be no hiding many of today’s textural choices. “I encourage people to get samples: Order a yard, tack it on the wall, live with it for a while.” Henry, who maintains the process should be slow and well considered—and never an impulse buy. The commitment-shy might consider warming up to wallpaper with a feature wall or backsplash rather than papering an entire bedroom or kitchen at once. But if your home is a traditional adobe style, you might not have that option. Soft, fluid adobe walls lack the hard corners of contemporary design that are often necessary for proper hanging.

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Wallpaper from Dana Stringer Interiors includes Anna French’s Deilen and (below) Livorette. Braided hemp from Maya Romanoff (opposite) is another outside-the-box option.

Even the most tasteful of patterns and textures can be dangerous in inordinate proportions, and there is no easy rule of thumb regarding where and how to use wallpaper, Stringer admits. A busy wall can work with simple draperies and furnishings—or not. If you’re not sure how wallpaper will work in your home, talk to a professional who can make an informed recommendation. “That’s what a designer is for,” says Stringer. “The benefit is the aesthetic. Wallpaper has a much cozier feel, even in the solid colors. And the sky’s the limit if you use a little imagination.” For all its richness of variety, wallpaper can be more than a pretty face. In contemporary homes with high ceilings and hard construction materials, wallpaper can be a sound solution for reducing echo and reverberation. Some wallpapers are even made with a foam-like texture for extraordinary sound absorption. Fortunately, wallpaper isn’t just for walls anymore. Designers use wallpaper for stair risers, backsplashes, closet doors, and lampshades. One of Henry’s recent clients had a problematic low ceiling that was making the home seem closed in and sad. “We put a subtle color of grass cloth wallpaper on it,” she says. “It transformed the room to elegant and sophisticated. It was an inexpensive and quick way to bring the room together.”

a sticky issue Choosing glue with confidence Wallpaper of the 20th century generally had one of two problems: The glue didn’t hold and the paper eventually buckled and peeled, or conversely, it stuck so tightly to the wall that installing new sheetrock seemed like an easier option than removing the wallpaper. Fortunately, there have been advances in glue formulas that address both of these issues. “There are now lots of architect-specified, strippable pastes,” says Frank Conway of Conway Wall Covering in Albuquerque. New glues are composed of 50 percent starch and 50 percent water; when cured, that combo creates a crystallizing effect. “When you pull the wallpaper off, the crystals fracture, and the paper pulls away without hurting the wall at all,” says Conway. Sand the wall, and the remaining crystals turn to dust. However, in moist areas, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and some kitchen areas, of greater concern than getting the wallpaper off in the future might be getting it to stick in the present. Conway’s prescription: “Vinyl over vinyl paste. It’s foolproof. This paste will not remoisturize in a steamy shower. But the trade-off is that it’s not easily removable. Your options are to prime and paint, or wallpaper over.” Conway recommends a compromise: clay-based adhesives, which possess about twice as much adhesive property as starch glues. Best of all, these glues are nontoxic and easy to use. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


southwest 101: adobe bancos

by Charles C. Poling

Sculptural, space-saving seating Few objects in the Southwestern home match the architectural purity of the New Mexico adobe banco. And nothing is as easily made nor as intuitively used. In its simplest form—adobe bricks stacked into a cubic rectangle, then swathed in plaster and left unadorned—the humble and ancient banco concisely expresses the modernist architect’s rebel yell, “Form follows function!” Sit down and you’ll see what they mean. Like all things adobe, bancos gain their dignity from a simple design vocabulary of mass, rounded edges, and earthen materials. In Spanish colonial times, they might have sat close to the floor as a bed, with a handwoven rug or straw mat for a mattress, or they might have stood knee-high by the fogón de campana—the cooking fireplace—with pots on the top shelf and a cubby beneath to hold kindling.

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Curved bancos in this dining nook add instant extra seating for a crowd. Above: Soothing seafoam green mosaic tile surrounds a banco built into a shower.

compromise the building envelope.” It can also lead to a cold spot from discontinuous insulation. But when executed correctly, Dancer says, “bancos add beauty and function that provides a uniquely distinctive element to our Southwest building tradition.” Sundancer Creations,

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Today you might see them flanking fireplaces in living rooms or sculpted into the exterior walls of a house under a portal. They’re great for accommodating diners waiting for tables in restaurants and, as freestanding benches, for providing resting spots for weary sightseers. A banco can be flat-topped, with the back formed by the wall it abuts, or it can mimic a loveseat, with masonry arms and backrest. You can top bancos with cushions, pillows, and afghans to soften their natural firmness, or leave them uncovered to serve as display shelves for a collection of Santa Clara pottery or Zuni katsinas. Longtime Santa Fe builder, artist, craftsman, and sustainability guru Faren Dancer of Sundancer Creations knows all about bancos. “They’re a popular design element in Southwest-style homes,” Dancer says. “I’ve utilized them as nightstands and headboards in bedrooms, as seating areas in radius breakfast rooms, and as places to sit in showers, entryways, and closets. When sculpted into the flow of a hand-troweled plastered residence, they provide a functional element that integrates the organic look of a Pueblo-style home.” Green guy that he is, Dancer worries about the energy-efficiency of bancos when they are framed, rather than built of adobe bricks, against an exterior wall: “They must be addressed for thermal bypass potential—the air movement from one plane to another within the framing structure—which can

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by Steve Thomas

Efficient, functional footprints encourage better craftsmanship

“Luxury” is a small, perfectly designed and furnished house I can clean in 15 minutes and live in all winter with almost no heating bill.


trend I’ve been watching for a decade has finally come home: Small, simple, energy-efficient houses are hip! According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average home will be 2,152 square feet by 2015—down 10 percent in size from homes built after late 2010—but I’m seeing a sub-trend toward even smaller, super-energy-efficient homes. What’s interesting is that the two biggest demographic groups, the boomers and their kids—the Generation Y millennials—share an interest in small, netzero (or near-net-zero) homes. We used to build big because it was cheaper per square foot to do so and because the buoyant real estate market rewarded raw square footage and lots of features. We were convinced we had to have a formal dining room, formal living room, four en suite bedrooms, and a great room. But as we boomers watched the real estate market crash and our 401(k)s shrink, all while contemplating the possibility of working less and traveling more, we thought: “If

ship and great precision. Plumb level and square reads instantly to the eye (unless the house is an adobe, then the rules are different), and cabinetry and built-ins are used to excellent effect. Furnishing and decorating a small space must be done with precision as well, using fewer pieces of high quality versus many pieces of lower quality. We’re conditioned to think of luxury as proportional to the size of a space and the amount of stuff that’s in it. But for me, luxury is a small, perfectly designed and furnished house I can clean in 15 minutes and live in all winter with almost no heating bill. Getting back to my sushi reference, a small house is like a Japanese bento box: simple and elegant, with delicious and perfectly placed preparations in every rectangle. Small spaces are about editing and simplifying, not about elaborating and adding on. Most good design professionals, builders, and decorators will relish the challenge!

build or buy their own homes. When I showed my son a rendering of a 1,300-square-foot superenergy-efficient house I wanted to build, he exclaimed, “That’s what I want!” Small attracted him, as did the possibility of having no energy bills. Like father, like son. This 1,500-square-foot Lamy home by Palo Santo Designs Building small is not easy, howis LEED Platinum certified. Built with efficiency in mind, the ever. To get all the functionality home’s open floor plan makes its smaller footprint feel roomy. out of a tight footprint requires intense design. This is where a good architect or designer will really earn their fee. You can’t paper over design flaws with extra square footage. And building small does not mean building cheap. The reason large houses are less expensive per square foot is that the extra footage is empty—the highly designed and engineered spaces like kitchens and bathrooms are relatively expensive, so adding raw square footage in the form of family rooms, bonus rooms, and future space rooms is relatively cheap. Think of that extra square footage as empty calories. With a small house there are no empty calories—it’s all lean beef. Maybe sushi. As a carpenter, I find the challenges of building a small house exciting. To really sing, small spaces demand high craftsman-

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Cover your spaces with eyecatching rugs and tapestries

by Phil Parker Photographs by Gabriella Marks

Right: The Rugman of Santa Fe sells Navajo and Egyptian designs. Above: Turkish kilims, also at The Rugman.

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he right rug in the right room can make a home feel like a palace. Rug styles have endured over centuries and offer timeless design; today, even the most contemporary of homes has a spot for a traditionally woven rug. When well-placed, rugs—whether on floors or walls—can tie together rooms and entire homes. Specialty rug weavers and retailers around Northern New Mexico offer floor and wall coverings that showcase local Southwestern style, but they’re also journeying well outside the region for precisely made pieces from places like Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan. How can Irvin Trujillo be so certain a rug he’s selling at Centinela Traditional Arts/Chimayo Weavers is one-of-a-kind? “I weave it myself,” says Trujillo, who co-owns the Chimayo store with his wife, Lisa, also a master weaver. “I’m trained as an engineer, so I can scale any design to any proportion,” he says. Centinela sells purses, pillows, clothing, and books, but Trujillo says he specializes in large rugs—usually between seven and 12 feet wide. Trujillo weaves hand-spun, custom-dyed wool on a loom he built in 1993, using techniques learned from his father and passed down over several generations. His works are often commissioned by homeowners and designers in Taos and Santa Fe; the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, just off the Santa Fe Plaza, is a client. The sign above the entrance to Tribal Arts in Albuquerque says “Fine Oriental Rugs,” but owner Nadeem Mull is quick to point out that the store doesn’t specialize. “We have a vast collection of

Above: Centinela Traditional Arts/Chimayo Weavers co-owner Irvin Trujillo still uses a shuttle made by his grandfather. Right: Shiprock Santa Fe’s “rug room” features over 400 hand-picked textiles.

Navajo rugs that we sell, as well as Oriental designs,” Mull says. “We specialize in Southwestern rug styles.” The store’s sprawling Louisiana location carries hundreds of unique rugs, including narrow hallway runners and circular pieces, as well as Pakistani-style painted furniture, baskets, and more. Most of the rugs at Shiprock Santa Fe on the Santa Fe Plaza are more than 60 years old, and some go back even further. “One of the earliest we have is from around 1850,” says Shiprock sales associate Samantha Hamilton. Owner Jed Foutz was raised on the Navajo Nation in a prominent family of Indian art traders, which may explain why the gallery’s specialty is historic Navajo pieces that date to the trading-post era in New Mexico, “when different traders from each post would set their own tone and style,” says Hamilton. The rug wing of this eclectic gallery includes pictorial, muted, and vibrant styles, hanging floor-to-ceiling. “Conventional” is a dirty word at The Rugman of Santa Fe. The store’s atmosphere is earthy, wooden, and authentic, with stacks of lavish rugs on the floor and Turkish copper pots lining the ceiling. The Rugman opened in 2001 and reflects owner Ercan Nalkiran’s heritage as a Macedonian Turk. “We don’t sell conventional, mass-produced rugs,” Nalkiran says. “Knowing how they’re made and who makes them is really important to us.” Once a year, he travels with his wife, Charmaine, on a buying trip to Turkey and Nepal. “The [Turkish] people have been making [rugs] for generations,” says Nalkiran, “and they do creative pieces that look different [from other rugs] even if the design is the same and the materials used are the same.” Founded in 1987, Serafian’s Oriental Rugs in Albuquerque gets its name from the most famous weaving family in Iran. “That name means high quality,” says owner Joe Gabel. “And I do have some Serafian rugs at the shop.” The store caters to a variety of tastes, with rugs from Iran, India, Afghanistan, China, Turkey, and elsewhere. Gabel notes that Serafian’s washes rugs in addition to selling them, so service there is as Centinela Traditional Arts/ important as selling. “We wash the rugs, and a lot of rugs today aren’t made to be Chimayo Weavers washed; they’re made to be used until they’re dirty and then thrown away.” ous buyers wouldn’t dream of treating their treasured rugs that way. Serafian’s 2,500-square-foot store sells rugs from India, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.

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buying into the dream Banking experts share their tips for financing a new home or remodel


ome buying can be a bear. Financing variables tend to have their own variables, and prices are at the mercy of opaque market forces beyond our control. Experts say the key to realizing that dream house purchase or comprehensive remodel is to go in informed and with a plan. “I tell people we have to be the reality check,” says Robert Key, president of Ameriplex Mortgage, a division of Main Bank. “The payments are probably more than you thought, and the down payment is probably more than you thought.” Prospective buyers should meet with bankers early in the process because, as Key points out, “a lot of people don’t really understand how mortgage industry changes will impact them. Meeting ahead of time alleviates a lot of stress.” Avoid eye-popping surprises by getting prequalified, says Diana Lucero, construction vice president at New Mexico Bank and Trust in Albuquerque. That way, “you will know ahead of time how much of a loan you qualify for and how much of your own cash you’ll need for the down payment.” Not so very long ago, loose financing standards inflated a housing bubble that eventually burst. It’s not as simple to get a home loan as it was a few years ago, but that should not dissuade anyone who’s serious about taking the plunge. “All types of loans are available today, but the underwriting standards and documentation requirements are onerous,” says Bruce McCandless, vice president of mortgage services

Tip #2 “Opt for fixed-rate conventional loans.” —Bruce McCandless, U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union 28

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Tip #1 “Get prequalified.” —Diana Lucero, New Mexico Bank and Trust with U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union. “Help your lender by providing any requested documentation quickly and completely in order to meet your anticipated closing date and maintain your interest rate lock.” The “smart money,” he says, is opting for fixed-rate conventional loans. For new home construction, Lucero advises taking out a short-term construction loan to finance building, followed by a permanent loan over a 30-, 20-, or 15-year term to pay off the construction loan.

Experts say the key to realizing that dream house purchase or comprehensive remodel is to go in informed and with a plan. Looking to remodel your current home rather than building or buying a new home? There are different financing options in that case, including a home equity loan if your house has enough invested in it to qualify. Otherwise, Lucero says, a bank will appraise your remodel proposal to take into account how much value it will add; homeowners can borrow up to 80 percent of that “as completed” value. As to the question of whether it’s better to rebuild or remodel, Lucero says that’s up to personal preference: “I see that some folks who choose to remodel versus building a new home are doing it because they love their neighborhood, school district, etc., and don’t want to move. The folks who are building new get to decide what neighborhood they want to build in.”

by Phil Parker

Two years ago, the prospect of having to sell a home was daunting, to say the least. That’s no longer the case—at least with homes that accurately reflect the market. “We’re seeing homes that are fairly priced selling quickly,” says Key, noting that a home with a fair listing price might see two or three offers. This is a clear sign of a market in recovery. At the depth of the recession, buying a house was just as scary as selling. “People were afraid to take that leap,” Key says. “This year, people are more comfortable in their employment.” After nearly 40 years in real estate financing, Key says his best advice to homebuyers is “get the home you want.” Don’t buy a home because it seems like an especially good deal or because you think it’ll be easier to sell down the road. Thinking of your home as primarily an investment is not the path to happy homeownership. “I constantly see one thing happen to potential purchasers,” McCandless says. “They get caught up in ‘dollars per square foot’ shopping and end up buying a lot of square feet of marginally productive and usable space. Those who concentrate on quality of space and finish usually show few signs of buyer’s remorse.”

Tip #3 “Get the home you want.” —Robert Key, Ameriplex Mortgage

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by Phil Parker

for the birds As the seasons change, so do the visitors to Northern New Mexico backyards. Whether you’re trying to attract new species to your feeders or simply learn more about the feathered guests who hang out there regularly, you’ll become a pro with this fun and useful birding gear.

Stan Tekiela Birds of New Mexico Field Guide It’s only polite to learn the names of your guests, even if they’re just stopping by briefly to sing outside a window. Organized by bird color for fast and easy reference, naturalist Stan Tekiela’s field book contains full-color photos of the male and female versions of many of New Mexico’s species.

Nikon Monarch 7 8 x 42 Binoculars Waterproof, fogproof, and perfect for spying on feathered friends from afar (keep that bird book handy!), these binoculars have specially coated lenses to enhance resolution, contrast, and color at any distance. They can even be used comfortably while wearing glasses. $550, REI,

$15, Bookworks,

Wild Birds Unlimited Jim’s Birdacious Bark Butter Spread some Birdacious Bark Butter on a tree or post outside and watch your backyard become the block’s hottest bird stop. Made from suet, peanut butter, and corn, Bark Butter is an energizing treat enjoyed by many different bird species. $14, Wild Birds Unlimited,

Parasol Sprinkles Glass Hummingbird Feeder This gorgeous, colorful feeder is sure to make the neighbors jealous when the hummingbirds start stopping by before zipping south for the winter. The hand-blown, recycled glass reservoir holds a whopping 50 ounces of nectar. $49, The Fat Finch Boutique for Birders, 30

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Squirrel Buster Classic Wild Bird Feeder This feeder safely shuts itself off thanks to feeding windows that close when heavy squirrels climb on board to sneak food. The feeder saves bird food for feathered creatures it’s intended for, and watching squirrels try to outmaneuver its clever design is endlessly entertaining. $49, The Fat Finch Boutique for Birders,

just winging through Turn your backyard into an inviting rest stop for migrating birds

by Roberta Beyer


utumn is a great time to attract birds to your backyard and enjoy the wonderful birds passing overhead during their fall migration. New Mexicans are lucky to live beneath a sandhill crane flyway; the great sounding of the cranes’ trumpets as they fly overhead is truly spellbinding, and their migration is one of those rites of passage that makes up for the departure of the hummingbirds and the coming of winter. Many cranes actually spend their winters here and can be found in open fields throughout Northern New Mexico. Large numbers of Canada geese also take up residence in this area. Common avian visitors in the fall include white-crowned sparrows (shown above), dark-eyed juncos, bushtits, and lesser goldfinches. It’s such a joy to discover these birds in your own backyard, and there are many ways you can encourage them to visit:

Wild Birds Unlimited Drip-or-Mist Because birds like the sound of moving water, this attachment makes a backyard birdbath more appealing. Some smaller birds, like finches, will land on the hose and drink straight from the spout. $66, Wild Birds Unlimited,

• Leave berries, fruits, and seed-bearing flowers intact. These foods are essential for avian visitors. • Brush piles are great hiding places for birds, and leaf piles provide rich foraging areas for ground-feeding birds such as doves, quail, and sparrows. • Keep birdbaths filled with fresh, clean water, and add a birdbath heater to protect against early freezes. Providing water for birds is the single best way to attract them to your yard, especially in our dry conditions and as other sources of water begin to freeze. • If you use birdfeeders, provide birds with foods that have the richest sources of oil content and calories. Black oil sunflower seed, nyjer (often referred to as thistle), and suet are energy-packed bird foods. Following these tips is like rolling out the red carpet for birds. Sit back and enjoy the show! Roberta Beyer is the owner of The Fat Finch, a boutique for bird lovers.

Casas for CASA Big builders. Little houses.


ater this fall, some of Albuquerque’s biggest home builders will design some of the city’s smallest houses— playhouses, that is. The Sandoval County Court Appointed Special Advocate program (CASA) provides a much-needed voice in court for abused and neglected children in foster care in New Mexico. CASA advocates watch over and support these children, ensuring their needs are not overlooked in the legal system. To raise funds, CASA is partnering with several local builders in the first-ever Casas for CASA event in New Mexico. Each builder will create an 8 x 8 x 10' child’s outdoor playhouse that will be raffled off in early December. But these are not your garden-variety playhouses. “The builders get really competitive,” says Tammy Hanks, executive director of Sandoval County CASA. There are a few rules—all materials must be nontoxic, and plumbing and electricity is not allowed—but above that, almost anything goes, allowing talented home builders to flex their creative muscles and, one might argue, enjoy a return to childhood as their imaginations run wild. According to Hanks, there’s another reason why the builders try to outdo one another: bragging rights. “The first winner drawn gets to pick the first house,” she says. “Then a selection of foster children picks out the playhouse they like the best. Whoever built it gets a trophy.” Shawn Canada, owner of ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings of Albuquerque and a CASA board member, is rounding up the local homebuilders who will each submit a playhouse. “We’re so fortunate that these home builders are willing to lend their talents to CASA,” says Canada. “And I have to admit that we’re all excited to see how creative they get in designing playhouses for our kids.” Raffle tickets are $10 each or six for $40; they can be purchased through CASA’s website. Check back to the site later this fall to find out where the playhouses will be displayed. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM



by Charles C. Poling

ghost house t all started in a tough little casita that bounced back from a bad upbringing. Apparently a posse from down the Rio Chama got tired of the Archuletas rustling cattle, then heard one brother had killed the other over a hidden pot of gold coins (ill-gotten gains from selling a stolen herd). The part-time lawmen saddled up, trotted up the river northwest from Abiquiú to the mouth of Yeso Canyon, and strung up the killer. Problem solved. Or so the story goes. Passed along by word of mouth since the 1880s until eventual Ghost Ranch owner Arthur Pack wrote it down in We Called It Ghost Ranch, the legend of the Archuleta brothers, their rustling outfit, their eventual doom, and their haunted legacy only further saturates the hues in the colorful history of a vivid place. With the brothers gone, persistent tales of whispering ghosts, child-eating evil spirits, and a witch assuming the form of a flying cow scared off the locals, who gave El Rancho de los Brujos (“Ranch of the Witches”) a wide berth. Eventually it was homesteaded and changed hands a few times. Then Richard LeRoy Pfaffle won it in a card game in 1928. Pfaffle and his wife, Carol Stanley Pfaffle, were running a guest house near San Juan in 1929. When the stock market crashed, the Pfaffles’ marriage promptly ran off a cliff. Carol headed for Yeso Canyon, dragging along the dude-ranch business, her English maid, and a Steinway grand piano, which she wedged into one of the Archuletas’ casitas. Arthur Pack described Ghost House on his first visit with his wife and daughter: “Close-in under the sheltering protection of magnificent buttes and sheer sandstone cliffs huddled a single low adobe building whose every door and window staggered crookedly.” The Packs bought a parcel of land from Carol the next day, then later acquired the whole ranch. Pack cemented the legacy of Ghost Ranch as most people know it: the place of dudes, trail rides, Georgia O’Keeffe’s brilliant seclusion, New Mexico’s official state dinosaur (Coelophysis), and 10,000 rambling hikes into the vast surrounding mesa and canyon country. He then gave it to the Presbyterian Church (USA), which runs it today as a conference center. Come take a tour at the ranch. You’ll hear all about its Wild West history, O’Keeffe, dinosaurs, and the various movies filmed here. It’s come a long way from the casita the Archuletas slapped together in the quick-and-dirty construction method known as jacal, using vertical sticks plastered with mud. Ghost Ranch recently restored the house to an understated rustic beauty that transcends its crude origins. Today you’ll find touchably smooth plastered walls, the iconic cow skull, deepset windows, and a plank floor (patched with tin coffee-can lids)—details we now associate with Santa Fe style. There’s a big tree by the front door that sill shades passersby. If a posse really did lynch an Archuleta years ago, this must be the hanging tree. Cottonwoods live a long time. Rustlers, not so much. Ghost Ranch, 32

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“Close-in under the sheltering protection of magnificent buttes and sheer sandstone cliffs huddled a single low adobe building whose every door and window staggered crookedly.”—Arthur Pack

Above: The view from the portal of Ghost House. The alleged “hanging tree” sits in the courtyard and looms over the casita. Left: Ghost House’s modest interior belies its colorful history.

Kirk Gittings


A feud, a tree, and a legend

Design Studio

by Donna Schillinger

closet confidential Adding functionality and style to storage

Wide-open, multifunctional spaces and spare bedrooms are being converted into closets, says Ginny Snook Scott of California Closets. Below: Shelves, drawers, and cabinets come together in a tidy kitchen corner designed by Not Just Closets.


loset space: We just can’t seem to get enough. But since not all homes are equipped with ample closet space, homeowners sometimes have to get creative. That might involve repurposing a spare bedroom rather than buying a new home with plenty of built-in storage. “We’re seeing a trend of homeowners staying in their homes longer and therefore needing to make their spaces multifunctional,” says Ginny Snook Scott, vice president of sales and marketing for California Closets, headquartered in Berkeley, California, with local offices on Alameda in Albuquerque. Snook Scott adds that many homeowners are turning guest rooms into master closets with functionality much like you’d find in a hotel suite, “incorporating items such as coffee makers, wine refrigerators, and drop-down televisions. This allows people to fully get ready in the morning/evening without having to leave their ‘en suite.’ We’ve even designed yoga spaces and workout centers in closets!” The new closet-suite concept reflects as many style elements as you’d find in the bedroom itself. Elaborate lighting, wallpaper, art, granite-topped islands, and custom windows and treatments are now closet considerations. “Previously, closets were simply functional,” says Snook Scott. “We are now seeing people incorporating color, texture, and varied finishes into their designs.” Closet SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


This shoe-lover’s closet by Santa Fe Custom Works features plenty of drawer space and room to relax. Right: A space-saving design from Not Just Closets.

cabinetry is suddenly as important as kitchen cabinetry, where as Snook Scott points out, “personal preferences dictate the nature of the finish choices.” Interestingly, the emphasis on amping up the closet is having a converse effect on the master bedroom, where a trend to minimize furnishings is emerging. “People really do want to incorporate all their clothing into the closet,” remarks Kris Greig, design consultant for Santa Fe Custom Works in Albuquerque. “What I focus on is very much about space planning. We have to deal with the space we’re given, which in older homes may have been the leftover, scrap space in the home design. My job is about making the best use of the space you’ve got.” Unfortunately, if you’re space-constrained, this probably will not include a gallery showcasing of each pair of shoes. “Typical shoe shelves only accommodate one-pair-deep storage. But new pull-out, pantry-style shoe shelving stacks shoes in a column, three pairs deep,” says Greig. This brings us back to the basic function of the closet: storage. With space still at a premium in even the best-dressed closets, many solutions exist for maximizing the space closest to the ceiling. Earl Robinson, owner of Not Just Closets in Tijeras, explains that hydraulic wardrobe lifts, which lower and raise a hanging bar, are in high demand, but their suitability depends on the height of the closet: “We need at least 10 feet for doublestack hanging space.” For those who have the height, the cost is reasonable for hydraulic units. Robinson highly recommends lifts over the rolling ladder, which he says requires a much larger space and costs considerably more. “There have been so many advances in product development that have allowed us to utilize space more efficiently,” reflects Snook Scott. A professional closet designer may be able to bring you closer to your dream closet, regardless of your current reality. 34

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Q&A California Closets Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ginny Snook Scott talks closets, customization, and containers. What are the important questions a customized closet design should address? A professional closet designer needs to focus on functionality first and foremost, and then incorporate personal style and preferences into the design to make it uniquely fit the needs of the client. Most people are looking to increase their hanging space. Once we have managed that, we can move onto items that need shelf storage, such as shoes, handbags, and folded items. Then we can really have fun with bringing in additional design features. How would you respond to the homeowner who doesn’t think she has enough closet to invest in customizing or organizing? We start and end our day in the closet, and have found that over 75 percent of people are frustrated

with their disorganized closet spaces. Most people are surprised how inexpensive a custom closet solution can be. We encourage people to take advantage of our free design consultation so that they can experience the design process, see their space in a 3-D design, and get a quote for the project to be completed. Beginning your day organized is priceless! Do you have a quick-fix tip for organizing belts, scarves, ties, purses, and other items that can easily clutter a closet? One word: containerize. Group similar items together and find a container to house them—a drawer, a basket, or a clear container. These can then be stacked on a shelf together and pulled down when you need to access them. California Closets, 4801 Alameda in Albuquerque,


by Amy Gross

at home with fashion

Alexander McQueen inspired Jennifer Ashton and David Naylor to tackle the challenging ’90s-style kitchen. “Rich, uncommon materials—malachite, python, velvet—will be used to invoke surprise and luxuriousness,” says Naylor.

Not a wall will be knocked down or tile removed when a Santa Fe home undergoes a complete transformation into a fashion-forward masterpiece of interior design. Nine interior designers from the City Different, inspired by visionaries in the fashion world both living and deceased, are taking cues from these icons to make over seven rooms in a traditional Southwest-style house. According to co-chairs Jennifer Ashton of Jennifer Ashton Interiors and David Naylor of David Naylor Interiors, the timing of the event was perfect. “Many of the designers in Santa Fe needed a place where we could celebrate our work,” says Ashton. “The timing of this gathering together for the Show House is like a new spirit.” Adds Naylor, “These other designers are my competitors, but really, we’re colleagues. And I’ve really wanted to work with all of them.” The hardest part about organizing the Show House, it turned out, was finding the house. To the designers’ delight, Ashley Margetson of Sotheby’s stepped forward with their dream home: a four-bedroom, 4,700-square-foot traditional Santa Fe–style adobe and guest house in Las Campanas. Although the home is on the market, Margetson and the homeowners agreed to pull it off temporarily for the Show House. “Ashley really understood the benefit of doing this to sell a home,” Naylor says. “We’re so very grateful to Ashley, Sotheby’s, the owners, and Su Casa for partnering with us in this event and helping us generate money for our charity.” The charity in question, Dollars4Schools (dollars4schools. org) accepts donations for Santa Fe teachers and projects they hope to fund, from purchasing book bins to sending students to music camp. Ashton and Naylor assigned rooms to make over based partially on the fashion icons named by each designer. In their respective Show House rooms, the designers are tasked with interpreting their fashion inspiration’s style, incorporating it with their own, and utilizing local design resources and craftsmanship. At the culmination of the tour is a visit to the guest house, which will be transformed into a bridal suite in the style of Ralph Lauren. Open to the participation of all designers, the casita project, according to Naylor, is “a celebration of bridal.” Even though interior design often involves knocking down walls and carving out new spaces, Show House Santa Fe is simply about the décor. Says Ashton, “We just want to be decorators this time, dressing the rooms and playing.” Taking inspiration from fashion visionaries like Coco Chanel and Calvin Klein, it promises to be a well-dressed house indeed. 36

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Kate Russell

Fashion icons influence interior designers in the first-ever Show House Santa Fe



Michael Violante and Paul Rochford (Violante & Rochford Interiors) Fashion Inspiration: Bruno Cucinelli

Emily Henry (Emily Henry Interiors) & Annie O’Carroll (Annie O’Carroll Interior Design) Fashion Inspiration: Millicent Rogers

“Cucinelli’s classic look is both modern and timeless with an effortless quality of sophistication”

“Millicent’s essence was mysterious and intriguing, with a bohemian flare”



Pam Duncan (Wiseman & Gale & Duncan Interiors) Fashion Inspiration: Coco Chanel

Lisa Samuel (Samuel Design Group Interiors + Boutique) Fashion Inspiration: Calvin Klein

“We tried to imagine what a room might look like if Chanel had designed a home in New Mexico in her black and white period”

“Calvin’s work is always clean, modern, sophisticated, sexy, and minimal”

POWDER ROOM Jackie Butler (Artgraze) Fashion Inspiration: Guillaume Henry

“In some of Henry’s collections, fabrics influenced by famous painters are used”

DINING ROOM Jennifer Ashton (Jennifer Ashton Interiors) & David Naylor (David Naylor Interiors) Fashion Inspiration: Emilie Flöge

“Emilie’s fashion story is one of unique design details, including geometric patterns, light layers, and textures” 41 Sunflower Drive, Santa Fe Tickets $15, available at the door October 5–6 (11 AM–6 pm); October 11 (11 AM–4 pm); October 12 (11 AM–6 pm) Broker’s Opening: October 4 Fashion Fusion Party benefiting Dollars4Schools: October 11 (5–8 pm); tickets $50

editor’s find

Courtesy of Pandora’s

Hand-woven Cotton Chenille Throw by Gretel Underwood “I love furniture and accent pieces that multitask. This gorgeous, hand-woven and hand-dyed throw by Santa Fe weaver Gretel Underwood serves double duty as a cozy lap warmer when it’s chilly and a stunning bit of ‘bed bling’ when the weather is warmer, especially when paired with Underwood’s matching (or not!) accent pillows. I imagine the deep blues and greens in this throw as the sole splashes of color against a white duvet in a hip downtown Albuquerque loft, or as the colorful complement to a warm leather sofa in a traditional Santa Fe–style adobe. Suddenly winter can’t come fast enough.”—Amy Gross $720–$950, Pandora’s,

Custom-dyed and hand-woven, Gretel Underwood’s throws and pillows are made in Santa Fe and available through Pandora’s.

Su Cocina

by John Vollertsen

Photographs by Sergio Salvador

making room

for memories

A Los Ranchos home is designed around cooking, art, and family


hen Albuquerqueans Peter and Maggie Lukes first spotted a property in the North Valley neighborhood of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, they realized it was an ideal location. It also seemed like a great spot to put down roots. Peter, chef/owner of Terra Bistro Italiano, liked the proximity to his restaurant. And with a family planned, the couple felt it was time to give themselves more room. They immediately fell in love with the semi-rural area that winds along Rio Grande Boulevard by the great river. The neighborhood boasts a schizophrenic amalgam of dwellings and communities; trailer parks are tucked between large, modern structures reminiscent of upscale California mansions. It’s a funny mix of rich folks and average folks—a scenario repeated in many areas of the Duke City. For Maggie Lukes, a licensed interior designer (professional member of IIDA) and intern architect at Studio SW Architects, it freed her creativity to design a house that fit her vision, without fear of blending in. Anything goes in Los Ranchos. “I went to high school in Boston but went to college in Vermont and spent a lot of time in Florida, so I felt I wanted the design of the house to reflect a more East Coast feel,” says the mother of six-year-old twins. “We found the land first and loved the area. Los Ranchos is part of the 100-year flood plan for the city, so the region is lush, and homeowners have ditch rights. We saw its potential.” Peter is a native New Mexican. Maggie’s East Coast familial heritage is rich with society characters includ-


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ing newspaper moguls and finance and real estate noteworthies. Art was important to her family, and since Maggie knew she would be inheriting some of the collection, she planned space to include it. “I knew we would want room for my grandmother’s wonderful collectibles and furniture, so the main room with vaulted ceilings was planned for that,” says Maggie. “I wanted the kitchen to be the center of the house, but I also wanted an upstairs, so we designed the second floor to come up from the kitchen. The entire build-out only took 10 months.” Of the kitchen design, Peter says, “I pretty much left it up to Maggie, but I did request two things: a cutout in the countertop for the trash and a microwave at knee level.” “I saw a layout for a kitchen in a book by designer Sarah Susanka, and it was exactly what I wanted,” Maggie adds. “Everything really came from the Home Depot Design Center. Peter loves the six-burner Dacor stovetop, and a commercial hood was important. The fridge is a GE Monogram. A center island was another feature we wanted, as well as an office area in the kitchen so Peter could use a computer to print menus and develop recipes.” A large pantry tucked under the staircase makes great use of space, while the cupboards on both sides of the stove sport glass doors for easy viewing and grabbing of equipment. Black granite countertops offer plentiful heatproof surfaces, and painted concrete floors give the room a rustic feel. Maggie’s inherited fine china and flatware are stored and displayed in handsome cupboards throughout the kitchen. “I think I have complete table settings for 100 diners,” she laughs. A Perfect Flame gas grill sits right outside the kitchen door, with a hot tub just steps away. “I grill 12 months of the year,” says Peter. “We have an annual

continued on page 108 At home in Los Ranchos, Chef Peter Lukes of Terra Bistro Italiano pan-sears scallops on his Dacor stovetop.

Clean, streamlined, and brimming with stainless steel, this is truly a chef’s kitchen. Appliances, sink, and prep space are all within steps of one another. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


well scripted Superior casting and direction creates an award-winning Westside production

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by Charles C. Poling Photographs by Amadeus Leitner


ere’s the script: A young professional couple transplanted from Washington, D.C., to Albuquerque needs a home. They meet an up-and-coming builder eager to make his mark. The husband introduces to the team a seasoned interior design professional with a knack for negotiation. The four are thrown together into the pressure-cooker of a new construction project. No, it’s not a disaster movie. It’s a true story about how to build a tastefully restrained yet well-appointed contemporary home with enough inner sizzle to nab a Buyer’s Choice award in the 2013 Spring Homes of Enchantment Parade. Flashback: In spring 2012, Christine (“Chris”) and Charles Rath found a sagecovered one-acre lot on the West Mesa, not far from Charles’s recently relocated mother and her husband. Encouraged by their builder, Jimmy Porter of Patriot Homes, Chris and Charles sat outside one evening with a bottle of wine and brainstormed their wish list for a new home: moderate size with open spaces for entertaining, a juicy kitchen, a man cave for gaming and watching sports, and great patio spaces centered around an outdoor kitchen centered on a charcoal grill. Porter worked up a floor plan. One big question remained for Charles and Chris: What should their home look like? Initially, Chris says, she and Charles “didn’t really know” their style. Their aha moment came when they showed Porter a picture of the chandelier they wanted to hang above the dining table. Porter had built Tuscan- and Southwest-style homes, but when he saw the chandelier—clear incandescent bulbs suspended on wires from a chrome ceiling fixture—he realized, “Oh, you’re more modern.” The Raths now had a design direction. They never looked back. The trouble was, neither Chris nor Charles felt particularly knowledgeable about modern design. They knew what they liked when they saw it, but not how to find it or how to navigate the nuances.

The unassuming exterior of Charles and Chris Rath’s Westside home belies the imaginative contemporary aesthetic within. Below: Clear incandescent bulbs informed the modern interior.



a shared vision

Charles was already spending time on the Internet, browsing design sites like for ideas, so he used a consumer-review website to check out interior designers. One name popped up with good reviews: Steffany Hollingsworth, ASID, of HVL Interiors in Santa Fe. So Charles arranged a meeting of all the players. “I felt like a matchmaker,” he says, conceding that the first couple of dates—er, meetings—were a little bumpy. “I was hesitant to work with a designer,” Porter admits, “but with Steffany, once we started picking out materials, we fed off each other really well. We had the same vision.” Hollingsworth agrees, saying, “It was a really nice collaboration of ideas.” She, Porter, and the homeowners “all worked together to make selections so everyone would be happy and proud of the house. We went back and forth on a few things. The Raths knew they wanted high contrast, but should it be dark floors and light cabinets, or vice versa?” They ended up with bleached-gray wood floors, dark Shaker-style cabinetry by Najera Builders Custom Cabinets, and dark wood-beam accents—the lone nod to Southwest style—against the whitewashed tongue-and-groove ceiling in the living room and elsewhere, along with dark wood doors. And so it went throughout the home. The Raths wanted wallpaper in the master bedroom and front powder room; Hollingsworth found it, a dark gray textured paper that gives the room depth. Porter designed a kidney-shaped cutout in the kitchen-dining ceiling. Hollingsworth was skeptical, but then embraced the way its curvilinear lines offset the straight-edge geometry prevailing in the home. Hollingsworth worked with 42

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The free-flowing, kidneyshaped ceiling cutout softens the crisp corners in Chris’s espresso-and-white kitchen. Mosaic and white frosted glass tile from Statements pops as a backsplash against the dark cabinetry, while the stainless Thermador appliance package from Builders Source ties it all together. Apple green chairs in the dining set shout the contemporary feel.

The homeowners re-created tile artwork they’d seen in a photo with a painted wood-block wall sculpture by Rosemary Pierce. The vibrant colors of the blocks became their décor palette.

The cast and crew. From left, homeowners Chris and Charles Rath; interior designer Steffany Hollingsworth, ASID, HVL Interiors; and builder Jimmy Porter, Patriot Homes.



After searching locally and online, the Raths found the perfect red vessel sink for the powder room in Florence, Italy. The metallic wallpaper, in CollageAluminum, is by Innovations. ProBuild supplied the distinctive modern doors throughout the home.

Charles and Chris clearly appreciate the jewel-box nature of their home, but they seem to draw the most pleasure from the way it suits their lifestyle.

Charles’s must-have—the man cave—boasts three flat-screen TVs.


Porter and Charles on some elements, such as the honed slate tiles in the second bathroom and the carpeting, and with Charles and Chris on others— the glass tile backsplash in the kitchen and granite counters throughout from Arizona Tile, with fabrication by Granite Connection. In his online browsing, Charles had seen a photo that became a touchstone for the design: Central in the image of a modern living room was an art installation of colored tiles against a white wall. Not only did the couple end up re-creating that tile artwork with a painted wood-block wall sculpture by Rosemary Pierce, but the vibrant colors of the blocks became their décor palette. Working from that guide, Hollingsworth helped them find furnishings and accessories within the color scheme of mustard yellow, green, magenta, and blue—crazy colors that in a more traditional home might create a patchwork effect, but are perfectly artful accents in the Raths’ sleek, neutral contemporary.

inside the jewel box

Porter launched Patriot Homes in 2010 at the nadir of the New Mexico housing slump. Two years later his entry in the 2012 Spring Homes of Enchantment Parade won a Buyer’s Choice award, and in the Spring 2013 Parade, the Raths’ just-completed home also earned a Buyer’s Choice award. Not bad for a guy who describes himself as a “lost soul” eight years ago. Fresh from college, Porter had worked in finance in Chicago, then moved back home to Albuquerque in 2002 and eventually started working for RayLee Homes building houses, a several-year stint that taught him the craft and business of home building.

The master bath is an intriguing study in grays and neutrals. Stone vessel sinks sit atop River White granite from Arizona Tile.

The outdoor kitchen houses a gas grill, a Big Green Egg, and a refrigerator. As guests belly up to the bar while Charles cooks, the LED lighting surrounding the space changes colors to suit the mood of the party.



Stacked Pella windows bring plenty of natural light into the living room, a simple but comfortable arrangement of contemporary pieces that took color cues from the marigold sofa and the wood-block wall art in the entry (see page 43).


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“Tango,” a bamboo sculpture by Japanese artist Honda Syoryu, adorns the jonquil niche in the hallway (above). Above, top: Textured wallpaper by Innovations gives depth to the master bedroom, which blends traditional elements like leather and wood with contemporary accents.

The home Porter built for the Raths has a jewel box quality, with an unassuming, unadorned exterior giving way to a meticulously crafted, fine-featured interior that blends the strong-lined simplicity of modernism with warm Southwestern accents. Call it “21st-century Albuquerque modern.” “We wanted a house that was unassuming on the outside but really beautiful inside,” Chris says. From the street, the fourbedroom, 3,100-square-foot home is a collection of brown-stucco cubes. When you first step in the front door, though, look up: Porter designed and built a stepped-recess ceiling lined with quartzite and travertine in icy-white tones. Credit Hollingsworth for the stone here and on the tall fireplace surround in the living room. She steered Porter and the Raths away from more typically Southwestern earth-toned stone to help them “push the envelope,” as she says, and take the home to more contemporary heights. Similar details define the interior, from the silvery wallpaper in the powder room to the Hubbardton Forge wall sconces from Turn On Lighting. The Raths clearly appreciate the jewel-box nature of their home, but they seem to draw the most pleasure from the way it suits their lifestyle. “My favorite thing is everything that’s going on outside,” Charles says—the three interconnecting patios, the outdoor kitchen, and, most of all, the Big Green Egg charcoal grill. For Chris, it’s the indoor cooking space. “We love to cook. He’s got his grill, and I’ve got my kitchen.” Ultimately it’s all about relaxing in their custom-designed spaces. “Our ideal night is to sit outside, enjoy some music, char some meat, and maybe get in the hot tub,” says Charles. Cue the sunset. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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s the featured home in the 2013 Spring Homes of Enchantment Parade, Twilight Homes’ model in the Rio Rancho development of Vista Montebella really delivered the goods. Visitors were treated to a showcase of impressive amenities and luxuries: an open, airy layout with a large kitchen/great room area (perfectly suited for entertaining); a master bedroom with a huge walk-in closet opening into a sumptuous master bath with tub and oversize shower; a large garage with ample room for a workshop; and a theater room. The beautifully appointed and decorated model home also takes advantage of magnificent views of both the Sandia Mountains to the east and Albuquerque to the south. “The model is a good way for potential homebuyers to really get a feel for the quality of our product,” explains Twilight Homes co-owner Vinny Pizzonia. “But as a semi-custom homebuilder, we can do a lot of permutations from that layout.”

an experienced team Established in 2011, Twilight Homes of New Mexico now builds in seven prominent communities throughout the Albuquerque area. The company brings together the talents and expertise of a range of professionals including architects, craftsmen, and interior and landscape designers to create customized homes for their clients.

Vista Montebella is one of Twilight Homes’ premier communities, with homes selling from $250,000 to $650,000. “The beauty of Vista Montebella really comes from the dramatic views,” says Vincent Pizzonia.

The large living area and great room in Twilight Homes’ stunning model at Vista Montebella can be designed as open space or easily divided into cozy nooks.

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“We have a very solid stable of partners—the best in their respective fields— and our customer satisfaction rate is great,” says Pizzonia with understandable pride. Pizzonia’s own experience in sales and construction complements that of his two partners, veteran land developer Tim McNaney and accounting and finance whiz Mike Fietz. In 2011, the three decided to rebrand the company’s mission to include amenity-rich and energy-efficient homes at affordable prices, starting as low as $117,000. “Access to home ownership is an important reason why America is the greatest country in the world,” Pizzonia notes. “Twilight Homes is dedicated to the ful-

The warm chef’s kitchen (above) features granite countertops and a Jenn-Air appliance package. The theater room (above, top) is a cozy family gathering space. High-end finishes as in this bathroom (right) are the hallmark of Twilight Homes at Vista Montebella. 52

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fillment of this dream for everyone, from the first-time homeowner to the empty-nester.”

quality is standard The company’s homes are constructed in a contemporary Tuscan style; standard features include stainless steel appliances and gas fireplaces, as well as high-end finishes such as granite tile countertops, ceramic tile floors, bullnose corners, and skip-trowel interior walls. All Twilight homes are built to meet the Silver level requirements of the Build Green New Mexico program. And all come with a two-year, builder warranty that’s twice as long as other builders. Vista Montebella is one of the company’s premier communities—Pizzonia calls it “the star of our product line”—with homes selling from $250,000 to $650,000 and ranging in size from 1,600 square feet and up. Accentuating the exceptional layout and amenities featured in the model home is the development’s location in Rio Rancho. According to Pizzonia, the subdivision is ideally situated. “The beauty of Vista Montebella really comes from the dramatic views,” he says. “The site gradually rises westward along Unser Boulevard and slopes up to the top of the mesa.” Restrictions on twostory homes as well as the large lots (each site is at least half an acre) help ensure the gorgeous views won’t be hindered. continued on page 118

With three or four bedrooms and plenty of flex space, Vista Montebella homes are perfect for any size family.

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Twilight Homes 2411 15th Street SE


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featured builder 5 bedrooms 2½ baths 3,002 sq. ft. $569,000

From the Big I, take I-25 north, exit at Paseo del Norte, and continue west to Unser Boulevard. Turn right on Unser (north). Take Unser north to Wellspring Drive (across from Presbyterian Hospital). Turn left on Wellspring. Take the first left on 21st Avenue and continue to the stop sign. At the stop sign, go left onto 15th Street. The model is on the right.

This designer’s dream home on a half-acre lot showcases spectacular views. This home is unforgettable with commercial-grade appliances, custom lighting, stone floors, and iron doors. The home

has spacious double living areas that open to an extended outdoor entertaining area, as well as a large media room, a study, three-plus bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, and a three-car garage.

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Subcontractors & Vendors

Businesses are located in the Albuquerque area with area code 505, unless otherwise noted. Architect: Maguire Design, 255-4008

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Appliances: Jenn-Air, 889-3001

Landscaping: The Hilltop, 898-9690

Appliances supplier: Builders Source, 889-3001

Lot developer: M3 Investments, 328-2825

Block wall contractors: Aspen Construction, 341-6800

Lumber: Raks Lumber, 328-5184

Cabinets: Mastercraft Cabinets, (480) 628-3586

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Plumbing: BMI Mechanical, 797-2170

Drywall: Hammer Construction, 259-0586

Plumbing fixtures: Brizo by WW Sales Co., 878-0636

Electrical fixtures: Turn On Lighting, 891-2124

Roofing: Otero Roofing, 975-5299

Electrician: Elcon Electric, 822-0003

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Joseph Custom Homes 728 Trujillo Road


3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,920 sq. ft. $649,000


From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 233 (toward Corrales), on Alameda Road. After approximately 5 miles, turn right onto Ellison. Continue straight onto Loma Larga. After the four-way stop (approximately 5 miles), turn left onto Mission Valley Road. Turn right at Calle Blanca, then left onto Trujillo Road. The home is immediately to your right.

A beautiful home awaits you, on 1.75 acres in Corrales, capturing amazing panoramic views the minute you arrive. At 2,920 sq. ft., this is a home that lives large with an enormous kitchen and great

room. Beautiful cherry cabinetry with natural stone countertops throughout is complemented by custom accents adorning the three spacious baths. This is another amazing Joseph Custom Home.

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Stillbrooke Homes 1241 Alvarado Way

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Aldea at Santiago

3 bedrooms + study 2.5 baths 1,842 sq. ft. $236,370


From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 (US 550). Proceed west on US 550 past Santa Ana Star Casino to Highway 528. Turn south (left) on Highway 528 and drive approximately 1 mile to Santiago Way (traffic light). Turn left on Santiago Way to Bosque Vista Drive. Left on Bosque Vista Drive to the first street, which is Alvarado Way. The home is on the southeast corner of Bosque Vista Drive and Alvarado Way.

Stand or sit on the balcony off the second-floor master bedroom and observe the uninterrupted view of the Sandias, the Bosque, and an expanse of beauty that cannot be matched. This peace-

ful home is designed for comfort, relaxation and entertainment. The open kitchen, eating area, and family room can bring your family and friends together to enjoy the corner rock fireplace.

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7345 Nome Drive NE

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Lomas Encantadas

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,303 sq. ft. $318,000


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Abrazo Homes’ energy-efficient Marilyn plan boasts a spacious single-story floor plan with an oversized three-car garage, designer finishes throughout, and dramatic views of the Sandia

Mountains. Manage your door locks, energy usage, lighting, and thermostat through your iPad™ or smartphone from anywhere in the world with the AbrazoCONNECT home automation system.

Larry Stapp (505) 453-6049

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Mountain Hawk Estates

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,130 sq. ft. $176,990


From the Big I, take I-25 north to exit 242 (Highway 550) and proceed west (left). Make a left onto NW Loop and follow the signs to RayLee Homes.

This charming two-story house in Rio Rancho is the perfect first-time home. It has a spacious entry and formal living room that leads to the open-concept family room and eat-in kitchen and dining area. The


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upstairs loft is great additional living space. This house in the Mountain Hawk community is a mustsee RayLee home.

Tammy Thornton (505) 917-1677

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Casa Verde Builders 1714 Lark Drive NE


High Range

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,498 sq. ft. $289,900


From the Big I, take I-25 north to Alameda and turn left. Stay on Alameda until it turns into Hwy 528 then turn left on Northern Blvd. Take a right on Loma Colorado, then left on Inca and right onto Lark.

This exquisite home unites the old world charm of Tuscan-Mediterranean styling with exceptional performance by implementing sustainable building practices and cutting-edge technologies. All

features in this Gold-certified model home are included, such as granite, extensive custom tile, Variance wall finish, stainless steel appliances, and an energy recovery ventilation system!

Shawn Stalls (575) 202-0577



Sivage Homes

1541 Vista de Colinas

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Arbolera del Este at Cabezon

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,565 sq. ft. $369,990


From the Big I, head north on I-25 to the Paseo del Norte exit and turn left (west). Turn right onto Unser Blvd., then right onto Cabezon Drive. Make a left onto Vista de Colinas Drive.

This home features indoor and outdoor living at its best. The open kitchen and living spaces are perfect for entertaining friends or relaxing with family, and a luxurious master bath pro-

vides a quiet retreat. Experience highlights like cherry cabinets, granite counters, beautiful tile treatments, plus much more while touring this beautiful home.

Adrian Calderon (505) 998-1813

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Stillbrooke Homes 2801 Vista de Colinas

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Arbolera at Cabezon

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,627 sq. ft. $369,995


From the Big I, take I-25 north to Alameda Blvd. (Hwy. 528). Go west on Alameda past Cottonwood Mall. Turn left on Westside Blvd. to Golf Course Road. Turn right to on Golf Course and go to the first light. Turn left (west) on Cabezon Blvd. to Vista de Colinas Drive. Turn right onto Vista de Colinas.

The striking rotunda foyer of this home offers three direction choices: One is to a wing with two bedrooms and the study/office (or fourth bedroom). Another is to the spacious vaulted master

suite with its walk-in closet, crown molding, bath with corner garden tub and separate shower, and exit door to rear covered patio. To the right is the family room, kitchen, eating areas, and laundry.

Scott Henry (505) 858-1800

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New Haven Homes 9516 Riverdale Lane NW

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Black Farm Estates

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,870 sq. ft. $689,000


From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte and go west. Cross the Rio Grande River and exit Coors to the right. Travel north on Coors through the first traffic light (Irving Blvd.) and make the next right at Westside Drive NW. Follow to the bottom of the hill and make the first right onto Lyndale Lane. Take the first left onto Riverdale Lane. The home is on the left.

Designed with an indoor/outdoor folding door system to enjoy the best of New Mexico’s mild year-round weather, this custom design is sharp and contemporary. Edgy features include a floating


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island counter, brushed aluminum recessed baseboard, overhead stainless steel roller–operated door, glassed steam shower, and much more. It’s a New Haven Home you won’t want to miss!

Bill Reynolds (505) 890-5476

Altair Homes

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Chamisa Ridge

3 bedrooms 2 baths 3,000 sq. ft. $692,000

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte. Proceed west on Paseo del Norte to Unser. Make a right on Unser, heading north to Paradise Blvd. Turn left (west) on Paradise to Coneflower Drive. Left on Coneflower and proceed to Wild Onion.

Altair’s 35 years of building experience and knowledge will ensure your home is built to the highest energy efficiency and integrity regardless of budget. Altair integrates state-of-the-art material, the latest

in green building techniques, and beautiful designs to accommodate your personal needs whether you are building or remodeling.

Terri Yoakum (505) 797-1112 (505) 459-5782

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Williams Designer Builders 6220 Wild Onion Avenue NW


Chamisa Ridge

4 bedrooms 4 baths 3,800 sq. ft. $625,000


From the Big I, take I-25 north, then go west on Paseo del Norte. Turn north on Unser, then west on Paradise, and south onto Big Sage. Big Sage curves left, turning into Wild Onion Avenue.

This ultra-contemporary designed by Eric Spurlock is a must-see, whether your taste is Mediterranean, Southwest, or contemporary. The finish work is second-to-none, featuring Miele appliances, outstanding

detailed tile work, custom cabinets, spa-style baths, Vetrazzo countertops, a Trane high-efficiency smart HVAC system, three-coat stucco, outdoor living space, a Zen atrium, and a seven-car garage.

Jerrett Williams (505) 304-5349



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Chamisa Ridge Estates

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 3,107 sq. ft. $652,000


From the Big I, travel north to Paseo del Norte. Go west past Coors Blvd. and Golf Course Road to Unser Blvd. Turn north to Paradise Blvd. Travel west to the first street after the middle school (Coneflower Drive) and proceed to Wild Onion Avenue. The home is on the back side of the Chamisa Ridge subdivision.

This Southwest modern beauty was designed with two concepts in mind: functionality and entertaining. No detail was overlooked, from the travertine and quartzite entry ceiling to the glass vessel sink

from Florence, Italy, and the gourmet outdoor kitchen. This is a must-see, Spring 2013 Parade of Homes winner.

Jimmy Porter (505) 792-6542

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D.R. Horton Homes 8123 Cinnamon Drive NW


La Cuentista

3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,304 sq. ft. $259,990


From the Big I, head north on I-25 to the Paseo del Norte exit (Exit 232) and turn west (left). Turn left onto Unser Blvd., then turn left on Rosa Parks Road, right on Urraca Street, left on Camino de Paz, then right on Cinnamon Road.

The beautifully designed Windemere II is a functional and stylish floor plan designed with homeowners in mind. Featuring a spacious family room

and gourmet kitchen that are ideal for family gatherings, this D.R. Horton home is sure to impress even the most discerning home investor.


Paul Rodriguez (505) 797-4245

HOMES FROM LOW $100s tO LOW $300s

All from New Mexico’s #1 Home Builder…D.R. Horton VISIT OUR STUNNING PARADE MODEL 2304 sq ft | 3 Bedrm | 2 Bath | Study Covered Patio | 2 Car Garage




8123 Cinnamon Drive NW La Cuentista in ABQ 505.639.4244 You’ll love our spacious, award-winning homes at La Cuentista! Floor plans range from approx. 2017–3497 sq ft, with tile roofs, refrigerated air, energy-efficient GE appliances & so much more. Plus, every home is Build Green New Mexico Silver-Level Certified! Experience an incomparable lifestyle in your beautiful new D.R. Horton home at La Cuentista, where convenience and outdoor activities are a way of life. Homes start from the mid $200s.

Prices, availability, and incentives are subject to change without notice and will vary by subdivision. Square footages are approximate. D.R. Horton is an Equal Housing Opportunity Builder. Build Green New Mexico is a voluntary statewide program for certifying green technologies, products and practices. D.R. Horton makes no representations as to actual energy cost savings or performance. Builder retains rights to any applicable energy tax credits. For more information, visit


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D.R. Horton Homes 8419 Groundsel Road NW


Montecito Estates

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,017 sq. ft. $271,343


From the Big I, head north on I-25 to the Paseo del Norte exit (Exit 232), heading west (left) to Universe. Make a left onto Universe Blvd. Universe becomes Unser Blvd. From Unser, turn right on Molten Rock Road, left on Vista Vieja Avenue, right on Vista Antiqua Drive, right on Hawk Eye Road, left on Vista Terraza Drive, and right onto Groundsel Road.

This newly designed Clark II plan is a highly functional, stylish home built for the way homeowners want to live. From its open family

room to its large master suite, the Clark II is an exceptional value and a must-see.


Paul Rodriguez (505) 797-4245

HOMES FROM LOW $100s tO LOW $300s

All from New Mexico’s #1 Home Builder…D.R. Horton TOUR OUR BEAUTIFUL MODEL 2017 sq ft | 3 Bedrm | 2.5 Bath Covered Patio | 2 Car Garage




8419 Groundsel Rd NW Montecito in ABQ 505.503.7130

You’ll find exceptional choices in floor plans, ranging from 1861-3497 sq ft, with 11 different plans to choose from. Montecito Estates is beautifully landscaped and offers a community park, Jr. Olympic-sized swimming pool, Jacuzzi hot tub, well-appointed clubhouse and extensive trails designed for walking, jogging and biking!

Prices, availability, and incentives are subject to change without notice and will vary by subdivision. Square footages are approximate. D.R. Horton is an Equal Housing Opportunity Builder. Build Green New Mexico is a voluntary statewide program for certifying green technologies, products and practices. D.R. Horton makes no representations as to actual energy cost savings or performance. Builder retains rights to any applicable energy tax credits. For more information, visit



Twilight Homes 6456 Hops Court NW

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La Cuentista

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,010 sq. ft. $279,950


From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte. Go west on Paseo del Norte to Unser Boulevard. Turn left on Unser (south). Take the second left onto Kimmick Drive. Take the second left onto Cayenne Drive. Take the first left onto Hops Court; the model is directly in front of you.

No need to settle for less in this vibrant home. Amazing views await you in this three-bedroom, two-bath, three-car-garage stunner. Huge living areas, granite countertops throughout, a large

back patio, stone fireplace, wood floors, tile, and custom lighting are just some of the beautiful features in this gorgeous home.

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Scott Patrick Homes 4912 Camino Valle NW

Jose Andreu or Teresa King (505) 369-1129


El Bosque at Andalucia

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,775 sq. ft. $496,039


From the Big I, take I-40 west to Coors Blvd. northbound (Exit 155). Turn right onto Coors and continue 1.5 miles, then turn right onto Sevilla into Andalucia. Continue to Tres Gracias, turn left, and proceed into the gated community of El Bosque.

A relaxed North Valley feel awaits you in this contemporary, open-concept home featuring large window walls highlighting the surrounding Bosque and mountain views. Gracious


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architectural features include wood flooring, California-style interior doors, a gleaming granite-and-stainless-steel kitchen open to the main living areas, and much more.

Jolynne Becker (505) 239-3037 cell (505) 828-9900 office

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Mesa Verde Homes

4905 Valle Romantico Way NW


El Bosque at Andalucia

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,600 sq. ft. $535,000


From the Big I, head west on I-40 to Coors Blvd. Turn right onto Coors and drive 2.3 miles to Sevilla Avenue; turn right. Drive to the second stop sign and turn left on Tres Gracias Drive. Proceed to the end of the road and go through the gate. Take the first left onto Valle Rio, then turn right onto Valle Romantico Way.

The architecture and details of this green-built Southwest contemporary home will get your attention. Located in the gated and picturesque El Bosque subdivision, the Bosque and walking trails are only

minutes away. Features include abundant indoor/outdoor living areas, a wine bar, a three-car garage, custom cabinets and doors, and much, much more. Lots are available! Come see what we can build for you.

Marie (Betty) Blea (505) 991-1405



Tiara Homes

4805 Valle Rio Trail NW

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El Bosque at Andalucia

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,879 sq. ft. $579,900


From the Big I, drive west on I-40 to Coors Boulevard. Turn right on Coors, then turn right on Sevilla. Turn left on Tres Gracias and proceed through the gate into the El Bosque subdivision. Keep right on Camino Valle Trail, which runs into Valle Rio Trail.

This spectacular custom home on a one-third-acre lot is just steps from the Rio Grande bosque. Amenities include hickory floors, an outdoor kitchen with kiva fireplace, secure courtyard entry behind a stone


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tower, a spacious open floor plan ideal for entertaining, separate bedroom wings, tandem three-car garage, and a well-appointed kitchen with granite countertops and Bosch appliances.

Rich Gantner (505) 797-6650

Lowe-Bo Homes

2301 Watershed Drive NW

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4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,750 sq. ft. $450,000


From the Big I, take I-40 west to Exit 154 (Unser Blvd.). Turn right onto Unser, then left onto Tierra Pintada Blvd, and then right onto Watershed Drive. Pass Desert Rain Road, then turn left to stay on Watershed Drive.

This beautiful traditional-style home features an open floor plan, lots of light, and gorgeous views of the city and the Sandias. The home showcases careful design and craftsmanship with numerous

custom finishes, stone accents in the great room, custom tile and flooring, exquisite natural cherry kitchen cabinetry, a must-see owner’s suite, and a separate guest suite.

Ted Lowe (505) 991-2555

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RayLee Homes: A New Generation 8932 Arkansas



3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 1,567 sq. ft. $169,990


From the Big I, take I-40 west to 98th Street. Head north (right) on 98th Street (98th Street becomes Arroyo Vista Blvd). Turn right onto on Tierra Pintada. Turn right onto Arkansas and follow the signs to RayLee Homes.

The Fenway floor plan is perfect for first-time buyers as well as families. Step out to the large covered patio adjacent to the custom-designed fire pit—perfect for a relaxing evening or fun with the kids. This home in


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Stormcloud is a true must-see and another example of the quality and design offered by RayLee Homes.

Tammy Thornton (505) 917-1677

Patriot Homes 6001 El Prado NW

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Rob Lee Meadows

2 bedrooms 3 baths 2,131 sq. ft. $525,000


From the Big I, travel west on I-40 to Rio Grande Blvd. Travel north for approximately 4 miles. Go west on El Portal (the first street after the stop sign at Chavez Road). Turn right on El Prado and follow to the end of the cul-de-sac.

This Northern Territorial–style home is accented with warm and inviting features. The living room’s stone fireplace rises to the 16' cathedral ceiling with naturally stained beams and tongue-and-

groove. The gourmet kitchen features a 60-squarefoot island that complements the wormy maple cabinets. Cook and entertain with the outdoor kitchen and enclosed patio.

Jimmy Porter (505) 792-6542

Sleek, Sexy, Sophisticated.

Fireplaces, windows, skylights & speciality products.

Supplying high quality building productS Since 1989.

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Home Construction and Consulting Services 3101 Spur Court NW


4 bedrooms 4.5 baths 3,836 sq. ft. $767,560


From the Big I, take I-40 west to Rio Grande and proceed south (left) on Rio Grande. Turn right on Mountain. At the end of Mountain, turn right on Gabaldon, then turn right on Spur Court. The home is at the end of the street in the cul-de-sac.

Beautiful Southwestern Pueblo home by awardwinning builder Home Construction and Consulting Services. Open floor plan with public and private outdoor living areas surrounding the home.


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Custom alder cabinetry, in-law suite, porcelain and wood floors, plastered fireplace, a variety of ceiling elevations, very open living spaces, and outstanding features and finishes throughout! A must-see!

David K. Langham (505) 238-7678

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Las Ventanas Homes 648 Rio Azul Lane NW


Las Ventanas

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,003 sq. ft. $388,500


From the Big I, travel west on I-40 to the Rio Grande exit. Turn left (south) on Rio Grande and travel to Mountain Road. At Mountain Road make a right and travel approximately 1.5 miles to Rio Azul Lane. Make a right onto Rio Azul Lane into the gated subdivision of Las Ventanas. The home is in the far left corner of the subdivision.

Luxury in a smaller package. That is the easiest way to describe a Las Ventanas home. This home features beautiful wood floors, glass and stone tile accents, and a fireplace on the rear patio. Pamper

your guests in the attached casita or use it as an office. Rest easy knowing your Build Green New Mexico Silver level home is efficient and has some of the best green build features available.

Missy Ashcraft (505) 362-6823


S E E OUR N E W E ST MOD E L O C TO B E R 2 0 1 3 L A SV E N TA N A S N M .C O M One mile west of Rio Grande Boulevard on Mountain Road. 505 362 6823



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Paschich Design Group 1226 8th Street NW


3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,345 sq. ft. $349,999


From the Big I, take I-40 west to Rio Grande Blvd. south. Take Rio Grande to Mountain Road, turning east (left) on Mountain. From Mountain proceed north on 8th Street to #1226.

This progressive architectural design demonstrates a sophisticated synthesis of contemporary design elements. While the home is an example of modern living, it feels quite comfortable set


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amid the regional styles of Albuquerque. The concrete floors, steel beam work, and avantgarde kitchen provide an urban contrast for the historic neighborhood.

Wristen Paschich (505) 250-1887

INSpIRINg IdEaS FOR YoUR HomE ProBuild offers a complete solution for all of your building needs. With high quality lumber, stucco and a robust selection of building products, we can provide you with the best materials for your home. We recognize the importance of offering products that meet your high standards and lumber and building materials are what we know best. But ProBuild doesn’t stop there. We also offer a full line of windows and doors to put the final touches on a product you will be proud to put your name on. If you need it, we have it. Please call or come in today with all of your building needs.


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MorningStar Homes by Twilight Homes 1631 Camino Cancun SW


Rancho Valencia

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,818 sq. ft. $170,000


From the Big I, take I-25 south to Los Lunas. Take the Main Street exit (Route 6) and turn left at the first stoplight. Take first right on to Camelot Road. After approximately 1 mile turn left onto Camino Canyon Road. Take the first right and the model is on the right.

The best of both worlds: a modern look in a country setting. Granite counters, tile floors, and 9’ ceilings throughout, combined with an incredibly


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spacious and open living and dining area, make this home perfect for families. Open the sliding glass doors in the family room to bring the outside in.

Panos Kassimatis Andy Curley (505) 916-0914

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5731 University Blvd. SE

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Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,710 sq. ft. $250,000


From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo exit and go left onto Rio Bravo at the end of the exit. Take the first right after the freeway (University Blvd.). Stay on University Blvd. approximately 3 miles and make a right on Bourke-White Drive. The model will be immediately to your left.

This gorgeous, unique home in the highly amenitized master-planned community of Mesa del Sol has beautiful views and a convenient location. Imagine opening the wall of glass doors in

your family room to your private courtyard and watching the stars from your sofa. A beautiful way to end the day.

Vinny Pizzonia (505) 506-7007

Let’s get a LittLe cLoser. A new kind of community is taking shape just 15 minutes (and no bridges) from downtown. It’s a place that not only brings you closer to work but to the other parts of your life as well. With a good school for the kids. Parks and trails. Even a little café. All just steps from your colorful front door. Five original home collections priced from the mid $100s to $300+

A new community on the east side. I-25 to rio bravo, east to university, turn right and follow the signs.

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There’s No Place Like Home 810 Parkland Circle SE


Highland Heights


OPEN ONE WEEKEND ONLY: October 11, 12, and 13

partial remodel $200,000 (cost of remodeled portion) From the Big I, go south on I-25 to Gibson. Turn left on Gibson to Carlisle. Turn left on Carlisle to Carlisle Place, then right on Carlisle Place to Parkland Circle. Turn left on Parkland Circle.

Our group of design/build experts collaborated with the homeowner to transform this outdated space into a gourmet kitchen, walk-in pantry, new powder bath, spacious new laundry, and

breakfast nook. This effort brought much satisfaction to the owner and provided us with both local and national accolades.

Dominic Padilla (505) 821-0041

T here’s No Place Like Home, LLC Design • Remodel BEFORE AFTER

We’ll find your new home inside your old home. Visit our showroom at 8620 Pan American Freeway NE 87113 M-F 8:00-5:00

Kitchens • Bathrooms • Additions

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RayLee Homes: A New Generation 11800 Red Mile



3–4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 3,020 sq. ft. $317,101


From the Big I, take I-40 east to Juan Tabo south. Follow Juan Tabo through Central. Stay left on Juan Tabo and continue south over the Volterra bridge. Follow RayLee signs to Red Mile and turn left on Red Mile.

This home provides flexibility and structural options to accommodate any size family and any style of living. Use the separate study and loft areas for additional living space, hobby rooms, or guest quarters.

Panorama Homes

Enjoy the owner’s retreat complete with spacious walk-in closet, luxury bath, and a signature RayLee feature, the two-sided fireplace. Visit Volterra today and tour this amazing home.

Tammy Thornton (505) 917-1677

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11904 San Rafael Avenue NE

4 bedrooms 4.5 baths 4,517 sq. ft. $776,000


From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo del Norte exit. Travel east on Paseo del Norte 8.1 miles to Tramway. Turn right onto Tramway and travel south .8 miles, then turn right or west on San Rafael. Proceed .5 miles. The lot is on the south side of San Rafael near Lowell.

Designed to magnify the views toward the majestic Sandia Mountains, this Spanish eclectic home incorporates the outdoors into every living area. With both new and classic Panorama Homes


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custom details, this beautifully appointed home is also energy-efficient and Build Green New Mexico certified.

John S. Lowe (505) 688-6834

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All Trades Construction 12220 Modesto Avenue


North Albuquerque Acres

4 bedrooms 5 baths 4,992 sq. ft. $1,250,000

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This luxurious, energy-efficient, green-built home showcases Tuscan architecture and superior craftsmanship. The spacious one-acre lot includes an RV garage/workshop along with city and mountain

views. The interior features include vaulted wood ceilings with timber trusses, hand-crafted cabinets, custom built-ins, and many more beautiful finishing touches, making this home a must-see!


From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte. Turn right on Paseo del Norte to Lowell Avenue. Turn left on Lowell, then turn right onto Modesto Avenue.

Kurt Flores (505) 414-9906



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Renaissance Custom Homes 8801 Glendale Avenue NE


4–5 bedrooms 4.5 baths 6,400 sq. ft. $1,499,000


From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo del Norte exit and go right (east) on Paseo del Norte. Turn left (north) on Ventura Blvd. Turn left (west) on Glendale. The home will be approximately .25 of a mile ahead.

This Tuscan-style custom home, which is Gold-certified and has a 43 HERS rating, features many luxurious upgraded amenities, a livable one-story open plan perfect for entertaining, and a must-see kitchen. Features

include Versailles interior and exterior stone to the pool, amazing doors, stone accents, upper back patio deck with 360-degree views, and many eco-friendly products. “Luxury Homes at Affordable Pricing.”

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Renaissance Custom Homes 9209 Lexie Lane NE

Gary Padilla or Oscar Muniz (505) 720-4444 (Gary) (505) 489-1000 (Oscar)


Barons Run

4 bedrooms 4 baths 4,499 sq. ft. $889,900


From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo del Norte Exit and go right (east) on Paseo del Norte. Turn left (north) on Wyoming Blvd. Turn right (east) on Glendale. Follow until you come to Lexie Lane, 1 block before Barstow. Turn left on Lexie Lane to the cul-de-sac.

This Tuscan-style custom home features Versailles travertine, stone accents, powder-coated iron accents, beautiful color tones, fantastic landscaping, and an open floor plan perfect for entertain-


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ing and comfortable living. A downstairs covered porch opens to the pool, and an upstairs porch reveals stunning views of the Rio Grande Valley. “Luxury Homes at Affordable Pricing.”

Oscar Muniz or Gary Padilla (505) 489-1000 (Oscar) (505) 720-4444 (Gary)

Picasso Builders 7821 Florence Avenue

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4 bedrooms 4 baths 4,219 sq. ft. $800,000


From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte; head east (right). From Paseo del Norte go left on Wyoming, then right on Florence. The home will be on the left.

This Tuscan-inspired home reflects old world charm with amenities that include a brick-barreled ceiling over the entire kitchen and breakfast nook, an antique bar nestled into the dining room, a

home theater, natural stone towers, and a twopiece clay-tiled roof installed with a mortar boost.

Chris Martinez (505) 720-0627



Infinity Homes

30 Mustang Mesa Trail

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Nature Pointe

4 bedrooms 2 baths 2,264 sq. ft. $420,000


From the Big I, take I-40 east 10 miles to the Zuzax exit (Exit 178). Go east (left) on NM 333 (Route 66) 2 miles. Turn right onto Five Hills Road. Turn right onto Sedillo Road and left onto Avenida Allegre. Turn left through the Nature Pointe gate and follow Nature Pointe Drive to its end. Turn right onto Mustang Mesa Trail.

Located on two acres in the award-winning Nature Pointe community, this beautiful Tuscan-inspired home will capture your heart. Built by Infinity Homes and designed by Ron Montoya Custom

Designs, the quality and amenities will surprise you. Come and see what can be yours at this incredible value.

Mountain Design Studio

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Carl Sanchez (505) 459-0621

Keystone Homes 50 Kiva Loop

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1 bedroom / 1 bath and great room (addition only) 2,000 sq. ft.

From the Big I, go east on I-40 to Exit 175 toward Cedar Crest (Highway 14). Briefly merge onto NM 333 east and head north (left) on Highway 14. Proceed 8.7 miles. Turn left into the first Paa Ko entrance onto Paa Ko Drive, then left onto Kiva Place. Take the second left onto Kiva Loop.

The owner desired a two-story addition to his existing one-story home in order to capture the beautiful mountain views available from the site. The continuous patio around the second story

creates a dynamic interior and exterior space for entertaining that also incorporates the natural wilderness setting of the home.

Scott Hauquitz (505) 362-6644



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Sun Mountain Construction 1 Los Cedros

San Pedro Creek


3 bedrooms 3 baths 3,003 sq. ft. $922,500


From the Big I, head east on I-40 for 14.7 miles. Take Exit 175 (NM 14) toward Cedar Crest. Drive 11.6 miles on NM 14 to Via Entrada and turn left. Drive 1.9 miles to Prado Vista and turn left. Drive .3 mile to Los Cedros and turn left. It is the first house on the left.

This home is built to the Build Green New Mexico EMERALD level, with green features including geothermal heating and in-slab cooling, photovoltaic electricity, motion-controlled on-demand hot water system, a

5,000-gallon rain water harvesting system, high insulation values, clay walls, and nontoxic finishes. The home has custom cabinets and doors, a chef’s kitchen, exercise and aquarium rooms, and horse facilities.

Norm Schreifels (505) 892-8855

Shades of Green Affordable • Efficient • Healthy • Sustainable


Building and Remodeling Green in Albuquerque, Corrales & Santa Fe for over 25 years.

4940 Corrales Rd, S-550 • Corrales, NM 87048 • 505.892.8855 •


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Panorama Homes 36 Camino Real

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San Pedro Creek Estates

4 bedrooms 3 baths 3,552 sq. ft. $754,000


From the Big I, travel east on I-40 for 14.5 miles. Take Exit 175 toward NM 14/ Cedar Crest. Travel north on NM 14 for approximately 10.7 miles, turning left at the entrance to San Pedro Creek Estates. Go .4 miles and turn right on Camino Real. Proceed 1.7 miles. The house is at the northeast corner of the intersection of Camino Real and Vista de Sandia.

Perched at the top of the ridge line, this mountain home’s beautiful wood windows take in the expansive northern views from the Sangre de Cristos to the Jemez Mountains. Modern details

are elegantly combined to produce a warm, comfortable, contemporary style. This energy-efficient home is also Build Green New Mexico certified.

John S. Lowe (505) 688-6834

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Boulevard Homes Design + Build 23 Ocate Court


Anasazi Meadows

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,651 sq. ft. $650,000


From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 (NM 165E/550W Bernalillo/Placitas). Turn right (heading east) onto NM 165E. Take an immediate left (heading north) onto the I-25 frontage road. Just after mile marker 1, turn right (heading east) onto Petroglyph Trail. The third left (heading north) is Ocate Court, and the house will be on the right.

This warm modern home, on an extraordinary view lot in Placitas, elegantly combines sustainability and luxury. The pairing of airy loft-like living areas and crisp architectural lines with a rich pal-

ette of walnut and stone creates an environment that is sophisticated and inviting.

Amber Kennington (505) 507-0451

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Vineyard Homes 41 Horseshoe Loop

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Wild Horse Mesa

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,670 sq. ft. $498,000


From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Bernalillo/Placitas exit (Highway 165) and proceed east (right). Turn left off Highway 165 onto Camino de Las Huertas. Go 6 miles and turn left onto Palomino. Turn right onto Horseshoe Loop.

This full-Solar-powered custom home has an additional 2,200 square feet of RV garage space and an open floor plan with a living room large enough for a full-size pool table. A large granite kitchen,

three bedrooms plus a study, three bathrooms, a luxurious master suite, and gorgeous Placitas views make this home a must-see for all retirees and fun families.

Deborah Short (505) 235-5225

20th Annual Albuquerque Home & Remodeling Show

Welcome to the 20th Annual Albuquerque Home & Remodeling Show Oct. 19 & 20, 2013 at Expo New Mexico They say when it comes to home shows there’s nothing new under the sun. Not so fast! This fall’s Albuquerque Home & Remodeling Show has some fun changes. Starting with “America’s Master Handyman,” Glenn Haege, who will be lecturing and answering questions from the public both days. This year’s event will also feature delicious food with some of Albuquerque’s best restaurants sampling free food both days. Along with hot food products to sample or buy. Glenn Haege

From new remodeling ideas, landscape tips, unique furnishings and lots of quality exhibitors, there’ll be over 150 home remodeling and furnishings professionals with great home ideas as well as the latest home products and services.

For booth or show information call: John Pravato at 855.313.9218 or visit our website SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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Harder Custom Builders 6 Sunset Mesa Court Sundance Mesa



3 bedrooms + study 3 baths 2,798 sq. ft. $570,000

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 onto NM Highway 165 towards Placitas. Go east (right) 500 feet to the frontage road and turn left. Proceed north 1.5 miles to Camino Manzano. Turn right and go east 1.2 miles to Third Mesa Court. Turn left and take the first right onto Sunset Mesa Court. The home will be on your right at the end of the cul-de-sac.

This stunning warm contemporary home with its large picture windows was designed to capture the panoramic views which add to the ultimate living and entertainment experience. Features in this


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Build Green New Mexico Gold Certified home include an open floor plan, custom alder cabinets, granite counters, ceramic tile floors, upscale appliances, and multiple outdoor entertainment areas.

Kyle Harder (505) 828-0456 or (505) 730-1456

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another time, maybe A commitment to history guides the design of a Corrales hacienda


by Amy Gross Photographs by Kirk Gittings

t was October 2007. As the Homes of Enchantment Parade judges walked through the massive zaguán gate to the arched doorway of their newly built home in Corrales, Malcolm Purdy and Josef Díaz watched in amazement as an errant hot-air balloon from Balloon Fiesta slowly wafted over the house and landed gently in their driveway. It was perfect timing—a grand entrance at a grand entrance. The home, a blend of Spanish Mission and Mediterranean styles, went on to win a Gold Award in its price point and Best Kitchen overall.

Purdy and Díaz took the incident as a sign—a karmic nod confirming they had successfully achieved their goal of designing a home that reflected the original spirit of the Village of Corrales. “We wanted to build something that would fit in with Corrales—that we figured could have been built in the 1700s,” says Purdy, a leading Albuquerque oncologist. With exquisite taste and a keen eye for design, Purdy and Díaz applied that goal to every inch of the house and property. The ideas started flying.

Homeowners Josef Díaz (left, with Pepita and Sasha) and Malcolm Purdy (with Ethel) on the patio of their Spanish Mission–style home in Corrales.

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Cooking-themed tiles adorn the Wolf range from Builders Source that’s tucked into a space-saving alcove. In the dining room (right) with its 14' barreled ceiling, the massive mahogany Eastlakeperiod table expands to seat up to 16.

“buy it, get it, store it” The couple, who met 12 years ago, share a mutual interest in history and Mesoamerican art. “We found our passion in exploring that,” says Purdy, reflecting on many trips to Mexico, Spain, and South America taken together, and the treasures collected for their home. It doesn’t hurt the home’s authenticity factor that Díaz is the curator of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. His specialty is Spanish Colonial and pre-Colombian art; naturally, the home is a virtual shrine to these eras. “The design of our house reflects what I love so much about Spanish architecture,” Díaz says. “It’s a home, but it’s also artistically interesting.” Purdy and Díaz began gathering antiques, furniture, old doors, and even light fixtures as early as 2005, hopeful that every unusual piece would find a place in the finished home. Part of that responsibility fell to Corrales builder Norm Schreifels of Sun Mountain Construction, whose green custom homes have been the stuff of

building legend in Albuquerque for over 27 years. When the homeowners-to-be announced that they were importing most of their materials directly from Spain—and indeed, from all over the world— Schreifels was effectively put on alert. “With a house like this, you need your A-team,” he says. “And I’ve got the best [craftsmen] there are.” With Schreifels personally on-site at least half of the time, the project commenced in 2006. Materials starting coming in on slow boats that were then stored until they could be used: columns from a 2,000-year-old quarry in Spain; polished pebbles for the master shower; ironwork—sconces, chandeliers, and the like—from Toledo; and tile. Oh, the tile.

rolling with the punches “We probably spent 25 to 28 hours just picking out tile,” Purdy recalls. Thousands of pounds of roof tile, travertine, and hand-painted tiles from Valencia and Sevilla made their way across the Atlantic and eventually to New Mexico. There was little room for error as the tile was cut—running out for extra pieces was not an option, and there was the issue of tiles cut in European centimeters fitting into spaces measured in American inches. The decorative tile designs subtly change in each room of the house, both on the floors and on the walls, so that, “as you go into each room, you have the sense of moving into a new space,” says Purdy. The tile tells stories, too. In the foyer, 11 unique tile patterns decorate the floor; Sally Gurley from Solamente Clay—who also did all of the gorgeous American Clay work throughout the home—laid out the tiles in a computer program so as not to duplicate any one pattern twice. The lions lining the wall and fireplace are the symbol of the house: “There are always two lions because there’s two of us, and they’re always facing each other,” Purdy explains. The soaring groin vault arch in the entryway is another reminder of an architectural style that the homeowners are certain would have existed in Corrales three centuries ago. In the dining room, the wall tiles weave a dining story, with images of food, flowers, pomegranates, and seashells. In the kitchen—Díaz’s domain—they speak to cooking, while the wine nook’s tiles evoke entertaining, wine, and fun. Albuquerque’s Doors on Fourth provided the rounded doors from India that adorn the nook; slightly askew and unsealable, they were one design element that even Schreifels’s best artisans couldn’t make work as an exterior feature. But when the subject of a wine cabinet came up in the design process, the doors found their home, much to the homeowners’ delight.

The foyer introduces two key design elements of the home: American Clay walls and decorative tile. The two lions are the symbol of the house and always face each other; they’re even found in the risers leading to the master suite (right).

The piano room lies just beyond the main living area. The post-Reconquest-era chest, dating to the late 1600s, transported helmets, guns, and books up the Camino Real.

Rancho Viejo Custom Woods built the shelving in Josef’s library, inspired by a George Washington Smith house in Santa Barbara. Artisans expanded the antique door from Mexico to fit the modern frame and expertly copied the original design into the new wood. The guest suite (right) features American Clay walls in a soft sage green, one of 11 different colors in the home.

“We wanted to build something that would fit in with Corrales —that we figured could have been built in the 1700s.” —Malcolm Purdy

“If you can roll with the punches and use people who are truly interested in what you’re building, you can change designs on the fly,” says Purdy. The added bonus to working with great craftspeople, he and Díaz agree, is gaining all sorts of new friends. Their proudest moment: when one of the artisans from Rancho Viejo Custom Woods, which did most of the cabinetry in the home and all of the extraordinary woodwork in Díaz’s magnificent library/office, brought his father and son—the man who taught him his craft and the child who would learn it from him—to see his handiwork.

a house for all seasons The land Purdy and Díaz built on was originally owned by the Alarys, a French family who settled there in the 1860s and planted grapes. Prohibition prompted the family to switch to growing apples in the early 1900s. When in recent years the Alarys sold most of the land, neighbors did what they could to salvage the apple orchards. Purdy and Díaz ended up with 40 McIntosh, Granny Smith, and red delicious trees—“the worst trees in the whole lot,” Purdy says ruefully. Indeed, the couple’s crash course in the world of farming and gardening in the unpredictable Corrales planting zone was a bit of a comedy of errors. “We fancied ourselves becoming gentlemen farmers out here,” says Díaz with a roll of his eyes. He and Purdy would soon realize that Corrales has its own set of rules when it comes to growing things. Through sheer trial-and-error—and the advice of two Corrales experts, veteran landscaper Ginny Lodge and Jason Lucero of Top Line Landscaping—the home’s exterior spaces began to come

The master suite blends historic Spanish and Asian elements, such as the fireplace tiles from an early 17th-century mission and the Chinese screenturned-headboard that dates to the late 1800s. Perfect for early morning or late evening reflection, the balcony off the master (above) offers a serene view of the main courtyard.

Columns from a 2,000-year-old quarry in Spain line the expansive east-facing patio (above). Designed for privacy and sitting in the summer, the patio overlooks a courtyard that is both manicured and ruin-like.

Multiple shades of American Clay in a palette of watery blues make up the master bath. Some walls feature a standard clay finish; others, with oyster shell ground into the clay, are silky smooth and eminently touchable.

“The design of our house reflects what I love so much about Spanish architecture. It’s a home, but it’s also artistically interesting.” —Josef Díaz

together and mimic the green verdancy of the Santa BarbaraMontecito area of California, where Díaz grew up. Plenty of healthy trees—banana, fig, orange, and apple—now dot the property; a colossal pecan that overhangs the road drops nuts in the winter, causing a feeding frenzy for crows. In the summer, the east-facing covered patio looks out to a vista of agaves, lavender, cacti, and bougainvillea, while a private courtyard joining the two guest bedrooms is lush with herbs, figs, peonies, verbena, and hibiscus. It’s also a favorite hangout for a certain chicken. Yes, chicken. Ethel, a magnificent Blue Cochin hen, rules the proverbial roost in these parts. She’s not allowed in the house but enjoys mostly free range of the grounds— though her dads keep a watchful eye on the skies for potential predators. Four other beloved rescue pets live with Purdy and Díaz: dogs Pepita and Sasha and cats Miss Z and Larry Lowrider. The beautiful tile-lined staircase that leads to the master bedroom was custommade for Larry; as a dwarf kitty, he no doubt appreciates its half-height risers. Although their Parade of Homes days are long over, Purdy and Díaz still take as much—if not more—pride in showing their home to interested strangers. They’re still good friends with Norm Schreifels and note that when they go out of town, they leave their phone number with him, not a neighbor. “Now that’s a builder!” says Purdy.

But it’s the times when no one is around that the men appreciate their home the most. “We love coming home and seeing things from our trips to northern Spain and Mexico,” says Díaz. “It’s about reflecting and reminiscing.” Like the home itself, which echoes the spirit of an earlier time and melds seamlessly with its surroundings, these homeowners have found their perfect fit.

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Above: A hand-painted bird tile from Spain, embedded in the wall of the east patio. Hummingbirds are frequent visitors to the patio, while phoebes attempt (largely unsuccessfully) to nest in the wrought-iron torches.



Corrales Zen

A three-step path to enlightened living


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by Ben Ikenson


Photographs by Kirk Gittings

bstract artist Susan Zimmerman meditates daily as a prelude to her work. Lately, she’s achieving more artistic focus—and possibly getting a lot closer to nirvana—thanks to her new, nearly 1,000-square-foot studio-casita. The structure is but one component of a multiphase project that included the remodel of portions of the Corrales home she shares with her husband, attorney Lynn Slade, as well as a landscape design that seamlessly connects the older house with the new studio. “I love ‘walking to work’ by crossing the yard, and I can work any time of day or night and have exactly what I need,” Zimmerman says. “I’ve rented studios for over 30 years with inadequate heat, cooling, and light. So, I really wanted a space that was comfortable for me and flexible as well.” In 1982, thousands of feet above the earth, Zimmerman met Slade on an airplane. Recently graduated from college with a degree in art, she was working as a financial analyst (no surprise for art majors!) in San Francisco, and was returning from a Santa Fe Opera weekend getaway. He was a young attorney in Albuquerque en route to the Bay Area for business. By the time they’d landed, a connection had been made; three months later, Susan moved to New Mexico. In 1993, the couple bought a new, almost-2,000-square-foot adobestyle home in the quiet Village of Corrales with soft contemporary interior accents and picture-postcard views of the Sandia Mountains. “We’d looked at homes for 18 months before deciding on this one,” Zimmerman recalls. “Our son was in elementary school at the time. We just loved the rural character of the area, and the school was great.” Fast-forward two decades. The couple remains in love with each other, their community, and their home. Zimmerman The landscaping was the third part of the comprehensive remodel project created by Strell Design. Here, a colorful red adobe “wall” adorns a rabbit-proof fence surrounding raised vegetable beds.



is now an established artist who shows her work in prominent local venues and was honored as a “Local Treasure” by the Albuquerque Art Business Association in 2009. Slade, who still practices law, is a music aficionado who is closely involved with Albuquerque’s Outpost Performance Space. With their son grown up and lifestyles evolved, the couple decided a major project on their home was in order. “With almost an acre, we had space to create a studio and still have a nice yard,” says Zimmerman. The first order of business: updating their modestsized home while keeping the same footprint, which meant a reconfiguration of existing space. “We had a small TV room that doubled as a guest room, and there was barely enough space to open a sofa bed. And we had a small study with floor to ceiling books,” says Zimmerman. “So our first goal was to create a more generous home theater area, family/music room, a home office for Lynn, and a separate, dedicated guest room.” The couple turned to Rob Strell of Albuquerquebased architectural, interior, and landscape design firm Strell Design. “They invited us to take a comprehensive approach to all of their requirements,” says Strell. “The project was built in phases, but the approach was determined at the beginning.” The first phase—the home remodel—minimized wasted circulation space by combining two centrally located smaller rooms into a single open contemporary space with custom cabinetry, cork floors, and room for both a home office and lounge for listening to music

Red is a recurring color in Zimmerman and Slade’s home, here as an accent wall showcasing the couple’s art collection, at right, as a simple settee in the guest house, and opposite, in the modern dining room set.

“I love ‘walking to work’ by crossing the yard, and I can work any time of day or night and have exactly what I need.” —Susan Zimmerman


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The soft contemporary casita houses an art studio, meditation space, a bathroom, and guest quarters. Minimalist décor and Pella windows and doors make the space feel much larger.

A walled and fenced-in courtyard containing sitting space, a dining space and a grill connects the main house with the casita/studio.

Glass—the ultimate contemporary accent— abounds in the dining area, from the tabletop and buffet to the pendant lights and picture window.

or watching TV. The formerly cramped TV room was converted into a simple yet commodious guest room. The footprint never changed. “Although we didn’t add a single square foot to our home, it feels much bigger and is a lot more comfortable,” says Slade. The home didn’t need a kitchen remodel—the usual top-dollar suspect in renovation jobs—which was fortunate considering the second, and most comprehensive, phase of the project: the studio/ casita addition. “Rather than incorporate the artist studio by adding onto the existing house, we saw the potential for the site development and utilization of solar energy by designing a separate studio that could also serve as guest quarters for family members,” says Strell. “That allowed us to incorporate a quiet meditative/ library space as well as the artist’s work space and storage—all necessary functions best suited to be separate from the main house.”   Designed to complement the adobe-style home in scale, proportion and simplicity, the gleaming new studio introduces a more contemporary aesthetic. Inside the main space, the lofty, well-insulated sanctuary of simple lines and natural light features concrete floors, retractable doors and windows, and exposed wood trusses that abut a corrugated metal ceiling. A short hall connects work area to medita-

tive space, bathroom and guest suite. Outside, 20 photovoltaic panels housed on a membranous white roof and shade awnings provide a majority of energy for both studio and house. “Energy efficiency was a major priority for both of us,” says Slade. “So we were very fortunate to work with a designer who is well versed in this territory.” Strell’s work in landscape design is also noteworthy, as evidenced by the third and final stage of this extraordinary project. Tying both buildings together on a direct axis, the landscaping here is at once functional and visually striking. It introduces a formality that embraces existing materials such as adobe walls, hand-forged metalwork, flagstone paths and patios, and an array of native plants. New features of the outdoor space include a grilling station built into a granite counter; a rabbit-proof vegetable garden where a single slab of brightly-painted adobe wall adds a pop of color; a grid of raised rectangular beds set into a patio with a large fountain as the centerpiece; and a variety of new xeric plantings. Altogether, the multilayered landscape completes both the old and new structures—symbols of the homeowners’ shared past and future—while honoring the pastoral scenery and spectacular views beyond. It is a place of quiet beauty and reflection, custom-designed for a creative soul who doesn’t need to go far for artistic inspiration.

“I’ve rented studios for over 30 years with inadequate heat, cooling, and light,” says Susan Zimmerman. No more. Strell Design addressed all of these issues when designing the artist’s home studio, as well as Zimmerman’s desire for space that was “comfortable and flexible.” Ray Baca and his team at Elite Building Systems brought the design to life.


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The multilayered landscaping connects the main house and casita via clearly defined grids and an axial framework. Xeric grasses and plants, raised vegetable beds, and even a water feature adorn the property.

“Although we didn’t add a single square foot to our home, it feels much bigger and is a lot more comfortable.”—Lynn Slade

Two smaller rooms in the main home were converted into a single open space for TV viewing, reading, and lounging. No square footage was added during the remodel.

Sea Scallop, Sugar Pea & Ginger Salad Enjoy this light and flavorful salad, compliments of Chef Peter Lukes, Terra Bistro Italiano Serves 4 4 large sea scallops (U-10 or larger) 8 oz sugar or snow peas 4 oz red bell pepper, julienned 2 oz red onion, julienned 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely minced 1 tablespoon cilantro leaf (finely chopped) 2 tablespoons soy or peanut oil Vinaigrette: Âź cup olive oil 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon honey Salt to taste

Sea Scallop, Sugar Pea & Ginger Salad

Maggie and Peter Lukes share a glass of vino at their granitetopped island, while twins Alex and Sophie play at the computer tucked into a nook beneath the staircase.


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Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil and place peas in boiling water for 1 minute. Remove and immediately plunge into ice water for a few minutes. Drain the chilled peas and slice julienne-style. Combine all vegetables, ginger, and cilantro in mixing bowl. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients together and pour over vegetables, allowing them to marinate for 10 minutes. Add soy or peanut oil to sautĂŠ pan and heat on high until it begins to smoke. Season sea scallops with salt and pepper and carefully place in pan. Sear for about 2 minutes until scallops turn medium brown. Turn scallops over, turn heat to low, and continue cooking an additional 3 minutes or until the scallops are slightly spongy. Portion pea salad into four bowls, place one scallops on each salad, and drizzle with the marinade remaining in the salad bowl.

A center island was a must-have, as was an office area in the kitchen where Peter can keep a computer to print menus and develop recipes.

summer party with bands and beer, and a family Christmas party where we get out the table linens.” The back portal overlooks a tidy vineyard with the majestic Sandia Mountains in the distance. “Milagro Vineyards in nearby Corrales maintains the vines, and we do a trade for wine,” he adds. Mounted above the Lukeses’ sink is a telling plaque: Wine a bit . . . you’ll feel better. Peter and Maggie met, naturally, at the restaurant. “I stopped in after a balloon glow at Balloon Fiesta,” Maggie recalls. “I remember exactly the table you sat at,” Peter chimes in, “and even the wine you drank.” Though not really into cooking yet, twins Alex and Sophie “are good eaters,” says their chef dad with pride. Sophie enjoys sushi, mussels, and foie gras, while Alex is more of a pizza and burgers kid—at least for now. A tour around the rest of the house reveals a den at the back which reflects a family living with small children and a husband who plays in a band in his spare time. A complete drum set sits amidst toys, cookbooks, and more children’s artwork. Surrounded by the things she loves from her past and the stuff of her life now with children and husband, Maggie has manifested the house of her dreams. Peter has dreams of his own that are soon to become reality. Plans are in the works to develop a new restaurant in a more concentrated residential area, with Maggie doing the architecture and design. “I’m very excited to be planning Piattini, which will open later this year at Girard and Indian School,” says Chef Lukes. “We’ll do more of a small plate concept and have 12–15 beers on tap. After nine years on this side of town, I’ll be counter-commuting back to our old neighborhood.” His refrigerator (a GE Monogram); her cherished family china (showcased in gleaming white cupboards).

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Green Chile Sourdough Omelet At Home with the Range Café, the aptly named cookbook from Albuquerque and Bernalillo’s beloved Range Café, includes this delicious recipe. You’ll prepare most of the dish the day before, but it’s worth it—especially if you’re hosting guests for brunch. Flex your creativity with respect to ingredients: Sourdough goes great with green chile, but consider challah or French baguette. Experiment with different cheeses or consider adding bacon or salmon.

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Cut off the bread’s crust and cut bread into cubes. Grease a 9 x 13" casserole. Put the bread cubes into the casserole and pour melted butter over the bread cubes evenly. Sprinkle the cubed cream cheese evenly over the bread. Do the same with the shredded cheese and green chiles. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over the bread. Cover the dish with foil and refrigerate overnight. The next day, or when ready to serve, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Bake the casserole, still covered in foil, for one hour. Remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes or until browned. Range Café, with locations in Albuquerque and Bernalillo,

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Soul-warming recipes for chilly fall days

1 loaf sourdough bread (about 1 pound) 1 stick butter, melted 8 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes 12 oz jalapeño jack cheese, grated ½ to 1 cup chopped green chile (use more or less to taste) 8 eggs 2 cups milk

½ teaspoon dry mustard ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives Dash cayenne pepper

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Curried Yellow Split Pea Soup from Artichoke Cafe

Curried Yellow Split Pea Soup Artichoke Cafe owner Pat Keene passed along this recipe, a vegan soup that’s both gluten- and dairy-free (except for the optional pita chip garnish). “As soon as the weather gets cooler, soup and salad is my favorite dinner at home,” Keene says.

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tablespoons light olive oil sweet onions, diced stalks celery, diced carrots, peeled and diced garlic cloves, minced tablespoon curry powder teaspoon paprika teaspoon turmeric tablespoon coriander pound yellow split peas, washed and sorted 8 cups vegetable stock 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onions, celery, and carrots until caramelized. Add garlic and cook for one minute. Add the spices and continue to cook for 3 to 5 more minutes. Add split peas and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer the soup until the peas are tender. If desired, puree soup with an emulsion mixer or large whisk. Season to taste with salt and garnish with chopped cilantro and broken pieces of seasoned pita chips. The Artichoke Cafe, 424 Central SE in Albuquerque, SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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solar savings This house pays you back. The Total PV Solar System captures more electricity than the home needs, and the power company buys what’s left. This covers annual costs for electricity, natural gas, and part of the water bill—the total for all utilities comes in at under $35 per month. The three-bedroom home also includes a loft that can be used for any number of purposes (including, of course, another bedroom). The master bedroom features a double-sided fireplace and private patio with spectacular views of the Sandias. Huge ceilings with vigas give the living area a spacious feel, made cozy by the kiva fireplace. Other extras include granite countertops in the kitchen, a backyard gazebo, and a fountain. With an accessible price tag, solar savings, and surprising amenities, this is an ideal family home.

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505-867-0950 Parade of Homes Award Winner! Built in 2006, this Tuscan-style home was designed to balance functionality with luxurious amenities and give spectacular views of the Mountains. The 2,980-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 4-bath home features travertine, marble, hardwood, and carpet flooring, a gourmet kitchen, formal dining, granite counters, luxurious master suite, kiva ceilings, and gorgeous patio. Price: $595K

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This 6,200-square-foot adobe hacienda offers more fun than most resorts, thanks to a 1,000-square-foot swimming pool complete with diving board and outdoor shower, and a regulationsized lit outdoor basketball court easily converted for tennis. Each of the four bedrooms has its own bath, and the master bedroom is equipped with a steam shower. The great room (with banquet seating and stunning mountain views) flows into the dining room and huge chef ’s kitchen in which dual silent dishwashers, dual ovens, and a full-size Sub-Zero fridge and freezer make entertaining almost effortless. Speaking of guests, they’ll love the casita/guest house. Invite your friends to park in the four-car garage, then pour the wine and stay in for the evening: The expansive beamed portals and brick patios outside are just begging to be enjoyed by all. List price: $1.35 million Contact: Tracy Venturi, The Venturi Team of Keller Williams Realty, 505-263-2526



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make yourself at home carefully and creatively sets up tables for two that reflect the best features of each home or region. A “table” might involve something as simple as cheese, fruit, and spruced-up sweet tea set out on a porch nook; a picnic with fancified hot dogs and condiments spread out upon a festive blanket; or a fullblown seafood extravaganza served at a table swathed in rich corals and reds and accented with hand-written name cards. Regardless of the setting, Anderson’s tablescape must-haves remain the same: color, lighting, music, flowers, and fabric. “Every table needs a focal point,” she says. “Think outside the vase. Pitchers are a popular choice for flower arrangements.” But, she cautions, “A general rule is to keep your centerpiece low so you can see your partner across the table.” After all, the point is not simply to create a beautiful space; it’s to show appreciation for someone special, via delightful and unexpected details. In addition to everyday-occasions-made-special, Anderson celebrates holidays with her usual aplomb. Tablescapes for Christmas, Hanukkah, and, of course, Valentine’s Day are featured, with tips to make these and other celebrations fun and memorable. Rounding out the book are recipes that are both visually appealing and amusing (“Oh Baby Cheesecakes,” “Seduce Me Santa Fe Chicken Salad”). By the time you finish reading this unabashedly flirty section, you’ll wonder why you even need to set a table at all. But set a table you will, and if you do it right, you may find yourself squealing with delight over the colors, the menu, and the stemware. And you will come to realize that love—and seduction—is in the details.—Amy Gross

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harlie Anderson is one lucky guy. Husband of interior designer and lifestyle expert Moll Anderson, he’s not only married to one of the most beautiful women alive, but if we’re to believe the incredibly gorgeous photographs in Anderson’s third book, Seductive Tables for Two, he is seriously appreciated by his wife (and eats pretty well, too). Little about Moll Anderson is understated. In Seductive Tables for Two, the author drapes herself and her tables in rich, vibrant colors and liberally uses adjectives like luscious, scrumptious, decadent, and savory—and rarely, by the way, to describe food. This is a woman who lives for romance and yearns to get others into the passionate spirit. In Anderson’s way of thinking, an artful table decorated with flowers; exquisite, wellplanned food; and unique details is the ultimate aphrodisiac. If your playbook calls for a little less passion, then a well-set table is a lovely way to express appreciation for (and share some quality time with) a cherished friend or loved one, no strings attached. Anderson is fortunate to own homes around the country, including one in Santa Fe. Capitalizing on that varied real estate collection, she


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Moll Anderson’s “Santa Fe Artichoke Affair” includes her must-haves: color, lighting, music, flowers, and fabric.

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Two new books on the art of tablescaping and the history of winemaking in New Mexico

“Every table needs a focal point. Keep your centerpiece low so you can see your partner across the table.” —Moll Anderson

Strawberry-garnished sweet tea is the perfect lazy afternoon accompaniment to a light fruit and cheese platter. New Mexico Wine: An Enchanting History, by Donna Blake Birchell, American Palate, paperback, $19.99


ost of the 20th century was hard on New Mexico’s wine growers. Frosts, flooding, droughts, and grasshopper swarms took turns decimating the grape crops in this state. Competition from California crippled wineries in the early 1900s, and Prohibition shortly thereafter almost delivered the deathblow. And then, in the 1970s, there was a rebirth. “The movement to bring wine back to New Mexico began in the backyards of local hobby growers,” writes author Donna Blake Birchell. Part history lesson and part guide book, Birchell’s New Mexico Wine: An Enchanting History is a fascinating, comprehensive look at the Land of Enchantment’s rollercoaster winemaking legacy. Birchell spends 75 pages telling stories from

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centuries of viticulture in New Mexico, then switches gears to guide us through the New Mexico Wine Trail, spotlighting dozens of wineries throughout the state. Stops include Tierra Encantada Winery in Albuquerque’s South Valley and Black Mesa Winery in Velarde (between Santa Fe and Taos), where the top seller is a chocolate wine called Black Beauty. The tour is inspiring and helpful, but the meat of the book is its carefully researched history, with New Mexico’s biggest historical events running parallel to the story of New Mexican wine. It’s an unvarnished tale. The first mission grapes were planted here in 1629 by priests for use as sacrament, and wine production supplied New Mexico missions steadily until Apache unrest culminated in violence in the 1670s and the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The Native people burned all traces the Spanish had been on their Pueblo. One of Don Diego de Vargas’s first orders following the reconquest in 1692 was to replant grape vines throughout the “reconquered kingdom.” The wine was so good, Spanish authorities downplayed positive reviews fearing New Mexican production might dent their wine industry’s profit margins. An influx of Jesuit priests to New Mexico in the late 19th century brought a wine revival to the region. Thanks to its grape-friendly climate, New Mexico— which was not yet a state—led the country in the exporting of wine at the end of the 1800s. The California winery boom, Prohibition, insects, and bad weather forced the industry to take a break for several decades. Fortunately for us all, it bounced back. Small commercial wineries popped up in the late 1970s after a government-funded study encouraged grape growing in the region. “New Mexico owes gratitude to the United States military and the Atomic Energy Department,” Birchell writes, “for many of the top winemakers in the state were once employed in this field. Science and winemaking go hand in hand.” There have been ebbs and flows since, but the industry is strong now. At least 10 wine festivals are held annually in New Mexico, and today the state boasts more than 50 wineries.—Phil Parker



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