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50 Spring Homes of Enchantment Parade

Su Casa’s annual tour of dozens of amazing Albuquerque homes, a

city-wide showcase of the best work by the area’s top homebuilders.

Contemporary-minded East Coast transplants form a thoroughly modern relationship with their ideal design-builder.

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Custom details and unique personal preferences inform the artful design of three dream bathrooms.


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in every issue 14 Inside Su Casa

16 Life+Style Southwest Exploring the many facets of the nicho, the latest in flooring technology, home security systems for every budget, Pantone’s Color of the Year in your home, and Steve Thomas’s take on smart bathroom design.

24 Cosas Bonitas

Classic or cutting-edge, ornate or artistic, chandeliers make a dramatic statement in the home.

26 Design Studio

Thoughtfully designed paths and walkways make getting from point A to point B a whole lot more fun.

46 Su Libro

A review of New Mexico food writer Deborah Madison’s new cookbook and an interview with the author.

96 Just Winging Through

The colorful, compact American kestrel will make your backyard a regular stop if you build it the right home.

99 On the Market

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104 Adios

The talents of three different artists went into the design of a pretty powder room. over: Serene and soothing, this master bathroom is the definition of clean, C contemporary style. Read more on page 88. Cover photo by Amadeus Leitner.


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Sumptuous, custom details make this powder room a luxurious example of the possibilities in bathrooms.

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am so happy spring has finally arrived. Although our winter here in Northern New Mexico has been fairly mild, the first warm days of spring are my favorite time of year. I especially like seeing the green glow on the trees and little buds coming to life. One of our local rites of spring is the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico’s Spring Homes of Enchantment Parade in Albuquerque (April 25–27 and May 2–4). The number of entries is way ahead of last spring’s numbers, giving us a wide variety of homes to fall in love with. Each year we see new innovations in home design and construction, including the green building techniques that have made New Mexico a leader in that field. Regardless of whether you’re buying or just looking, you will be inspired by this collection of beautiful new homes that fit the lifestyle of today’s homeowner. Spring also turns our minds to gardening and landscaping since our living spaces expand to the outside areas of our homes. Even as we’re making major investments in our outdoor living areas, we often forget about the paths that get us there. I am not speaking figuratively; I’m referring to the actual paths and walkways that allow enjoyable access to the outdoors. Check out Life+Style Southwest for interesting and beautiful solutions to this critical element of your outdoor spaces. Another tradition of spring is Su Casa’s focus on bathroom possibilities. No space in our home is more intimate—not only because of the activities that happen there, but also because bathrooms are often small, shared spaces. We’ve all experienced preparing for a big night out and the congestion that can happen in a bathroom. Several stunning solutions to this challenge are presented which are sure to inspire you and allow you to think of your bathroom in new ways. I especially enjoyed the retrofit of modern techniques within an older home with a small, predefined space. Your home is a reflection of who you are, your design aesthetics, and most importantly, your lifestyle. We present this issue with the intent that you are better equipped to make decisions regarding your home and its functionality for your life and the lives of your loved ones. Enjoy, and be inspired. It’s spring!

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A stacked-stone wall feature informed the design of a Placitas home designed and built by Boulevard Homes. Read about it on page 88.

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When their client asked for a privacy wall to shelter his home from urban street noise, he was envisioning the typical Santa Fe adobe wall. Fortunately, he gave earth sculptress Tobi Wilde of Glorious Earth Landscapes permission to do her thing.“And boring is so not my thing!” says Wilde. She decided that the working-class street needed a touch of royalty; from there the inspiration came, and the puzzle emerged. Along with building partner Adam Steinberg, Wilde designed a vertical wall using a melange of earthy, textured materials: “tall, grand rocks, concrete slabs, railroad ties, and chimney tile, softened by colorful plants,” says Wilde. On the other side of the wall, she created a small hillside with plants and benches. The result is a wholly unique landscaping motif that reflects Wilde’s passion for the beautiful and the different. “I love it,” she says. “I put love into it!”

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Like many elements of Southwestern culture, the nicho is based in religion, Catholicism predominantly. Traditionally, a nicho may have served as a religious altar for the home, and it is still not uncommon to see a patron saint, the Virgin Mary, or a decorative cross on display. “Many people, even today, believe there must be at least three nichos in a home, to represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” explains Deuschle. “I’ve seen quite a few people tour a home and say, ‘Wait a minute, where’s the third nicho?’”

“Many people believe there must be at least three nichos in a home, to represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” —Bill Deuschle, Fabu-WALL-ous


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Above: Fabu-WALL-ous; Right: Erin Magennis


common design element in traditional Southwestern homes, the humble nicho (pronounced NEE-cho) is often used to showcase objects d’art—from rare pottery to handmade religious statues. Its contents are almost always significant—even holy. But while some nichos are designed to be works of art themselves, others simply function as display cases. “The word nicho refers to folk art and decorative boxes that usually serve religious purposes in Latin America and throughout South America,” says Santa Fe homebuilder Bill Deuschle. “When you hear the word in New Mexico, however, it usually refers to something very particular.” Deuschle and business partner Chuck Caswell are the owners of Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions. Fabu-WALL-ous specializes in historic remodels, and Deuschle estimates about 90 percent of the Southwestern or Pueblo-style homes they work on have some form of a nicho. While contemporary versions vary in shape and size, Deuschle says Southwestern nichos are generally arched at the top, taller than they are wide, and carved to a depth of no shallower than five inches to ensure there is a good base to display objects. “Nichos are, in essence, shelves, so they’re convenient and functional, but they also add an element of visual stimulation that’s very pleasing to the eye,” says Erin Magennis. Magennis and her husband, Kyle Ray, are the artistic minds behind the design studio ABQ Art Glass. They are often called upon to spruce up nichos with their tile, stone, or glass handiwork, and it’s no accident that many of their commissioned works are for churches and sanctuaries.

Religious or not, New Mexican builders and homeowners have definitely embraced the nicho tradition. For many, it’s not just about the object on display, but about the design of the nicho itself. “There are so many things you can do with a nicho,” Magennis explains. “You can paint it. You can tile it in any color or with a design. We’ve done mosaics. We’ve done stained glass nichos. You can decorate just the back, or do the whole thing and have the tiles cap the edges. A lot of people also like to incorporate a piece of stone or wood along the bottom.” Deuschle agrees that the design and usage possibilities are pretty much limitless. “In more modern homes, a nicho may be more straight and linear. I’ve seen more and more people break it up with a glass shelf in the center,” he says. “What’s very popular in building right now, especially in Santa Fe, is this fusion of contemporary style with the old Southwestern elements. Nichos fit right in.” The mosaic in this nicho was created by ABQ Art Glass with hand-cut glass. Above, left: Exposed adobe provides “a window to the past” of a historic Santa Fe home, says Bill Deuschle.



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Beautiful, high-performing new products are shaking up the flooring industry by Jessica Muncrief


n the market for flooring? You’ve hit it at a great time. The flooring industry is saturated with beautiful and durable new products sure to give your home a great new look. Which products really live up to their hype? Which ones stand up to the Northern New Mexico climate? Five Albuquerquearea flooring experts give us the lowdown on what’s hitting floors in 2014.

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Looking for a flooring product that’s truly the best of all worlds? Thanks to the magic of digital imaging, porcelain tiles mirror the look of slate, marble, or even hardwood with unparalleled realism. “Porcelain wood tile is extremely popular right now,” says Susan Chiasson of Architectural Surfaces, Inc. (ASI). “Porcelain wood is very low maintenance. It looks exactly like real wood, but it doesn’t scratch, and it’s pretty much indestructible. It will look as good 20 years later as the day you install it.” 18

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Fresh Idea: For a dramatic and very modern look, rethink traditional tile shapes and sizes. “We were just at a flooring show and everything is rectangular now, not square,” says Karen Atencio of Stonewood Flooring. “And we’re seeing porcelain tiles in a much bigger format, like 18 x 36 inches.”

Courtesy of Mohawk USA; Opposite: Courtesty of Florim USA

Natural Stone

It’s all about texture and color when it comes to natural stone flooring. “People choose stone flooring because they want that authentic, very natural look. No two stones are the same, so that’s difficult to fully re-create with technology,” says Phillip Raby, owner of several flooring businesses including Flooring Direct and Floor Mart. A little lingo can go a long way in narrowing down the long list of options. For a sleek, flat look, search for “polished” or “honed” stone. If you’re looking for a more rugged appearance, you’ll probably prefer “brushed” or “tumbled” finishes.

Fresh Idea: “Artistic Tile uses water jet technology to create beautiful ‘mixed materials’ tile that melds stone with glass, or porcelain, or mother of pearl,” says Atencio. But don’t set your heart on these new mixed materials tiles until you’ve consulted with a tile expert; many are recommended only for light traffic areas.

Engineered oak floors from Mohawk are perfect for homeowners who want real wood but worry about climate fluctuations. Opposite: Lowmaintenance porcelain wood tile from Ecowood’s Rovere line.


Carpet is timeless, chic, and softer than ever. SmartStrand Silk carpet from Dupont Sorona boasts lifetime stain protection.

Trending: Think outside the square. Rectangular floor tiles cut into large sizes create a completely different look.

“Carpet is always in style because it comes in any color or pattern imaginable,” notes Raby. And thanks to major advancements in the industry, carpets are now softer and more resilient than ever. Worried about allergies? Breathe easy. “It’s a common misconception that carpet isn’t a good option for people with allergies,” says Damon Chavez of Enchantment Carpet, pointing to findings released just last year by United Allergy Services that claim carpet, if cared for properly, can actually be beneficial to asthma and allergy sufferers.

Fresh Idea: If you want the latest and greatest carpet fiber, forget nylon. “Triexta is the most innovative thing that’s come along in our industry in a long time,” says Bill Burrell, co-owner with wife Debbie of Floorscapes. “I don’t think there’s anything softer on the market. Plus, the fibers are literally hydrophobic, so they’re stainresistant without the protectants and coatings other carpets require.” Artistic Tile uses water jets to create eye-catching polished marble mosaic tiles. Left: Porcelain wood tile from Florim USA is perfect for outdoor kitchens, while porcelain tile from Mediterranea’s Boardwalk series (left, bottom) mirrors the look of weathered hardwood.


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The Woodlands sunrise photo courtesy of ©Barry Hess

Glazed Ecowood tile is a beautiful flooring option that’s also environmentally friendly.

Opposite, clockwise from top: Courtesy of Mohawk, Artistic Tile, Mediterranea, Florim USA


Even with all the new tile innovations, classic hardwood is still a highly prized flooring option. “Traditionalists want the real deal,” notes Burrell. “And as long as you don’t have 10 kids who are going to beat it up everyday, real wood is a great option.” One note of caution: Humidity levels in Northern New Mexico fluctuate, which can cause problems with solid hardwood. Raby and Burrell both recommend engineered hardwood as a more viable option. “Yes, engineered wood is still real wood,” Burrell says, “but the planks have a multidimensional core that doesn’t expand and contract as much due to changes in the weather.”

Fresh Idea: Do a little research; you’ll be amazed at the variety of styles and wood colors available. For a more contemporary look, forgo the traditional red- or yellow-hued options in favor of woods with blue, gray, or taupe undertones.


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by Ben Ikenson

safe and sound Today’s high-tech home security systems offer peace of mind—even when you’re miles away

Through a patch to closed-circuit TVs, well-placed video cameras can monitor any area for added security.


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“With a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, users can access their systems with a smartphone or iPad.” —Thomas Maier, Security Source Integrated security panels feature easy-to-use touchscreens and serve up access to weather and traffic reports in real time.

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ost homeowners, and even many renters, carry insurance to protect against thievery. But with the high cost of deductibles, not to mention the hassle of documenting losses and awaiting reimbursement, insurance only goes so far. And it can never cover the sentimental value of photos, heirlooms, or the cremains of a beloved family pet, lost due to theft or incidental breakage. Most importantly, insurance won’t prevent bodily injury to yourself or a family member if an intruder targets your home. Stopping property crime before it happens is the better alternative. With so many fine homes in New Mexico, security is as important to savvy homeowners as landscaping or interior design. Fortunately, home security systems are almost as diverse as plants or paint colors, running the gamut from basic motion sensor–activated alarms to smartphone-operated camera surveillance. Within the last decade, the industry has evolved into an ocean of products and services. “Today’s home security systems are much more than the security systems of a few years ago,” says Thomas Maier, division manager for Security Source USA, an Albuquerquebased company selling security solutions for more than 60 years. Security Source USA can cover the perimeter and interior of any home or business, with 24-hour closed-circuit television monitoring by experienced security personnel. Do-it-yourself TV surveillance systems start at around $500, while burglary prevention systems start closer to $600, with nominal monthly monitoring fees. The firm also offers a vast array of options for home auto-

HOME EQUITY LOANS FOR THE THINGS IN LIFE mation. “With a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, users can access their systems with a smartphone or iPad,” explains Maier. “This allows them to receive alerts and control devices in their homes. Simply by using a smartphone or computer, users can turn lights on or off, control the thermostat, lock and unlock doors, and even be alerted by phone if their kid isn’t home by a certain time.” Jessica Webb, co-owner of GEN-TECH, a locally owned home-security business in Santa Fe, also notes the trend toward remote automation. “The ability to arm and disarm a system, receive notifications regarding alarms, integrate home automation, and view security camera systems remotely from a computer or smartphone is quickly becoming the norm,” she says. GEN-TECH was established in 1996 as a hometown alternative to large security franchises, and soon branched into home audio and automation. The company works closely with clients to determine the most appropriate security level, systems integration, and remote access systems for their homes. Albuquerque Sound & Vac is another customer-oriented company versed in keeping homes safe, with security options starting at around $500. First established by William Piercy as a vacuum distribution company, the business expanded in 1988 and has become a highly regarded resource for home security and surveillance systems. “We can build surveillance solutions that range from wireless front-entrance cameras to multiple cameras with video recording storage and remote access options,” says Piercy. Albuquerque Sound & Vac also provides wireless capabilities that can be added to existing systems such as smoke detectors, wireless glass-break detectors, or key fobs that enable users to lock and unlock remotely, and they offer several monthly security monitoring options. With today’s wide spectrum of security options and costs, there’s really no reason to put off securing peace of mind. While there may be a lingering perception that a home security or surveillance system is a luxury only for those with priceless art collections or expensive electronics, a tour of any local pawnshop suggests otherwise.


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lighten From classic to contemporary, the chandelier is moving out of the dining room

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A chandelier by Golden Lighting, available at Dahl Lighting Showroom. Above: The Akimbo, at The Lamp Shop.


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ractical and elegant, chandeliers brighten and beautify rooms throughout the home. From classic canopies of illuminated crystals to strings of splashy LEDs, today’s chandeliers can be found hanging as often above pool tables as dining tables. Design experts agree that updating lighting is one of the easiest ways to make a dramatic improvement to the look of a home, and Northern New Mexicans are fortunate to have masters of lighting at their disposal to help craft the perfect indoor ambience. “Chandeliers are gaining popularity and are finding their way into more than just the dining room,” says Arielle Silva of The Lamp Shop in Albuquerque, noting that clients are opting to put chandeliers—including trendy smaller versions—in bedrooms and bathrooms as well. Popular today, says Arielle: “the revival of the industrial look, canning jar chandeliers, vintage bulbs, and the raw metal look.” The Lamp Shop opened in 1951; Charles Silva, who has owned it since 1994, expanded inventory to include other home items like ceiling fans, art, rugs, and furniture, making The Lamp Shop an all-in-one emporium for designing and lighting, both residential and commercial. Some of the fixtures at Firefly Lighting are named after customers. “People come to us with their ideas, and through a collaborative process we’re able to assist them in realizing their creative idea for a chandelier or ironwork product,” says owner John Zubchenok, who is celebrating Firefly’s 17th year in Santa Fe. Clients are encouraged to be creative through the design phase of fabricating their ideal chandeliers—hence the self-naming of their creations—and Firefly continued on page 98

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The flowing Surge LED chandelier is available at The Lamp Shop. Above: ET2’s bronze chandelier with floral glass shades, sold by Creative Lighting.

Firefly Lighting crafts all of its lighting in-house, including this hand-forged iron, copper, and mica chandelier.

Strands of crystals in graduating sizes adorn this chandelier from Fredrick Ramond, available at Ferguson.

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by Donna Schillinger

walk this way Thoughtfully designed paths are about more than getting from here to there


secluded oasis of shade. The stoic serenity of a stone slab bench. A place to ponder a garden sculpture. These are the destinations you could reach in your own backyard via the perfect path. Itching to get into your yard while the weather’s still too chilly for gardening? The early spring months are ideal for making a simple landscaping addition that yields dramatic results. Before planting colorful annuals, first “plant” your path or walkway. “A path should be the first [thing] to go in,” says Aaron Forrester of The Hilltop Landscape Architects and Contractors in Albuquerque. Paths can help define planting beds. And yet, as one of your yard’s less intrusive improvements, a path can also be placed amid a landscape in full bloom. “Paths can meander around existing structures and flower beds. It only takes a few days to put one in—it’s not a huge imposition,” says Forrester. Logistically simple, the key element to a perfect path becomes design. “In its most basic form, a path functions to

Landscape Solutions built this geometrically intriguing path for a Japanese-inspired home in Paa-Ko.

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get you from point A to point B, but how do you do it in a beautiful way—a way that’s fun, poetic, engaging?” asks Kenneth Francis, founding partner and principal of Surroundings, a Santa Fe design studio for innovative landscape architecture, urban design, and planning. “I like to create magic, mystery, and marvelousness,” says Tobi Wilde, designer at Glorious Earth Landscapes in Santa Fe. Drawing on her background as a children’s book illustrator, Wilde weaves butterflies, birds, and spirals into her designs, which her partner Adam Steinberg renders in cobblestone, flagstone, brick, pavers, and more. We may have outgrown hopscotch, but we can still take pleasure in alighting on stones. We can also take our literal paths as seriously as we take our figurative paths. The character of your walkway should depend on your personal aesthetic and the emotional reaction you want the path to elicit, taking into account your home’s style and existing landscaping or features of the space, such as outdoor sculptures, ponds, and patios or decks. “We look at all the context and the character and color of the house,” says Francis. “We can use traditional materials in nontraditional ways. A recent client had an existing portal of brick, so we matched the brick, using bands to create a woven pattern that looked almost like farm plots. Now we’re working on a project for the owner of a historic home, but she wants a contemporary landscape. So we’re creating a dynamic, clean, and minimalist look with saw-cut concrete.” Color and texture are other important design considerations. “Hand-sculpted natural flagstone adds a handsomeness to the whole

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Before planting colorful annuals, first “plant” your path or walkway.

Your personal aesthetic and the emotional reaction you want the path to elicit should determine the character of your walkway.


pathway and is complementary to any landscape,” says Rick Garcia of Landscape Solutions. Garcia recommends planting woolly thyme in the spaces between the stones, noting, “Of all the creeping thymes, woolly thyme is the most drought resistant; it requires little to no water.” Crusher fines are another popular walkway material in the Southwest. Made of pulverized gravel mixed with a stabilizer, crusher fines are a hard material like concrete, but with an earthy look. Available

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A colorful walkway by Glorious Earth Landscapes (above) boldly informs the palette of a yard, while slate-colored flagstones set upon crusher fines inform a serene path designed by Surroundings (right).

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colors range from grays to pinks and reds. Forrester proposes contrasting colors but keeping textures in check. “If the gravel around the path area is gray, you could use a brown flagstone or red and brown crusher fines,” he says. “But if you had a brick patio with concrete border, I wouldn’t put down a flagstone path. That’s

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The perfect path is more than the sum of its parts, but the quality of those parts should not be underestimated. Merlyn Nyght, technical services director at Albuquerque’s Riccobene Hardscape Innovations, a designer and manufacturer of precast concrete products in New Mexico for more than 55 years, answers the “hard” questions about paths.

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What’s your favorite material for constructing paths and walkways in Northern New Mexico?

Precast concrete pavers. They’re fully cured upon arrival, which eliminates the need for a ready-mix truck, forming, and critical timing. A variety of colors and textures is available.

introducing too many textures.” Ultimately, the path will be a convergence of the homeowner’s personality and designer’s talent. “My design comes from my heart,” says Wilde. “I talk with the homeowner to get inspired. I get a feeling of who that person is, look at the site, and then come up with an idea. It’s like an art project I play with.”

Are some materials more maintenance-free than others? Keep in mind a pathway is only as good as the foundation on which it’s placed. Placing pavers on unprepared natural soil will result in drainage problems. Another problem in this area is the freeze/ thaw cycle, which can cause materials like flagstone to crack. Sealers can range from a barely visible matte to striking wet-look finishes. Just keep in mind that sealers require maintenance, with topical sealers needing to be reapplied more frequently than the penetrating variety. Are certain materials best suited for specific purposes? There are many materials, and the “Showcase” link at riccobene. com has specifications and photos of each in use in actual projects. Stepping stones, such as the ones in our Alameda Collection, are placed at comfortable distances for a casual stroll. Permeable pavers like Sereno Stone allow storm water to move into a properly prepared subgrade. Additionally, it’s flat on the bottom, which makes installation productive and economical. For the same reasons, this product is also perfect for patios. Regardless of the materials you select, protect your investment by hiring a licensed and insured landscaping firm to install them.

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power to the purple Radiant Orchid reigns as Color of the Year The design world started buzzing when color-matching authority Pantone recently announced its official color for 2014. A mix of pink and purple that’s kicky and yet somehow also soothing, Radiant Orchid isn’t for everyone, but savvy designers and homeowners are using it to creatively invigorate their favorite spaces. How would you add a splash of the Color of the Year to your home?

by Phil Parker Decorline Nerida Purple Floral Silhouette Wallpaper No doubt about it: This designer wallpaper begs to be noticed. Perfect for perking up a small space or accent wall, the vibrant floral pattern combines classic design with a most contemporary color. Starting at $55, Sherwin-Williams

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Echo Design Vineyard Paisley Duvet Cover Set Big girls and little girls alike will fall asleep dreaming of paisley while wrapped in this vibrant bedding set consisting of a duvet cover and pillow shams. Available in sizes twin through king, the set’s delicious purples, greens, and pinks add just the right pop of contemporary color to a feminine bedroom.

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by Steve Thomas

a tale of three bathrooms Embracing small, highly designed spaces

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hen I was a kid, we— three boys, two girls, my parents, and a baby girl—lived in a three-bedroom house in Southern California. One standard-issue bathroom served the whole family, and no one ever thought this was a hardship. These days, “standard issue” means a well-appointed chamber (en suite, of course), and the idea of sharing a bathroom with someone else is a nonstarter. Not only do homes have more bathrooms these days, but when you’re building or renovating a bath, choosing from thousands of fixtures, materials, and design features can make your head spin. My current renovation project is a small Shingle-style Victorian cottage in a seaside village in Maine. The house is 1,300 square feet on two floors, built from kit parts in 1905. Originally it had just one

The really good design professionals I’ve worked with say the best projects are the ones that use constraints to their advantage. Most building and renovation projects, especially bathrooms, are constrained by time, space, and money, but the really good design professionals I’ve worked with over the years say the best projects are the ones that use constraints to their advantage. This was certainly true on our project. In an ideal world, we would have added a second bathroom on the second floor, but that would have meant an expensive and time-consuming gut rehab of that floor and sacrificing the small third bedroom/office. Instead, we took over a big bedroom closet and worked in a shower and small laundry. Compact, but functional. The powder room on the main floor is really tiny, and being under the main stairs meant it could not be expanded. The solution here was to keep the space simple—the same maple flooring as elsewhere, painted woodpaneled walls, and sparse but elegant fixtures. The bath in the basement (which we now smugly refer to as the “garden level” since it does open onto the garden) is constrained by

low ceilings and a tight but adequate footprint. Our concession to the head-scraping ceilings was a claw-foot tub with a hand spray. We also had to design the bathroom to accommodate a macerator pump. Here again, simple but elegant fixtures, painted wood paneling, and clean, compact design helped create a very pleasant—and functional—subterranean bathroom. Spend an afternoon looking at bathrooms in shelter magazines and on websites and you’ll go into “design possibility overload.” But at the end of the day, a bathroom is a workspace. You use it to perform necessary hygienic tasks and then get on with your day. Thinking of bathrooms as workspaces and accepting the constraints of time, space, and money will help you design the best bathroom possible in your home.

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bathroom, a 5 x 7.5 ' chamber on the second floor with sink, toilet, and claw-foot tub. A later owner removed the dangerously steep cellar stairs from the first floor to the basement and inserted a tiny powder room. Both bathrooms (along with the rest of the house) were in desperate need of renovation. Our plans called for converting the wet, spiderinfested basement into dry, wholesome living space. That required a third bathroom.

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ilot Dave Roeber has retired three times: once from the Air Force (his last military gig was at Kirtland Air Force Base), once from US Airways as a commercial pilot, and, most recently, from flying private and business jets. Little did Dave know that after hanging up his wings, he would embark on an illustrious—if brief—second career in interior design. The project he worked on? A custom, Southwestern-style home in Placitas he and Lisa, his wife of 24 years, built in 2008. The Roebers had lived in Old Town during Dave’s Air Force days, but moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, when he was flying commercial jets. A permanent 34

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return trip to New Mexico was always on the proverbial horizon, and every so often they’d head back to Albuquerque to visit friends and do Parade of Homes tours. It was on one of those visits they met David Peterson of David C. Peterson Construction, a design-builder who’s been building Southwestern— mostly adobe—homes for more than 34 years. “David’s a perfectionist,” Dave says admiringly.

“You always get a ‘wow’ at the entryway,” says design-builder David Peterson, “but I think the wow should go all the way through the house.” A special niche in the Roebers’ entry houses Santa Fe sculptor Bill Worrell’s Prophecy.

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A challenging lot necessitated designing the home around the garage and building the rest of the house about 20 feet above it. The split level residence is situated perfectly to take advantage of amazing views from both the front (above) and rear (right). SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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“I like that; I lean toward it, too. It shows in what he builds.” He and Lisa visited a house Peterson was building and were impressed with his process. They interviewed five builders, but Dave’s easy rapport with Peterson sealed the deal. With a return to New Mexico now firmly in their sights, Dave and Lisa bought a beautiful, if slightly problematic, lot in Placitas’s Mustang Mesa. Their dream home project was on. “I nailed the basic floor plan on the first sketch,” says Peterson. “But it took another six months of fine-tuning to finalize the design.” Thanks to AutoCAD software, house designs and schematics were easily shared between Peterson and his clients via email while they were still in Charlotte. The lot, which included a challenging 24-foot elevation change, dictated much of the design, which eventually played out as a split-level with the garage on the ground floor and the rest of the house elevated some 20 feet higher on a single floor. As with many of Peterson’s homes, the Roebers’ is made of E-Crete, an autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) block material. “Design-wise, anything you can do in adobe you can do in AAC block,” says Peterson, the adobero. “But unlike adobe, AAC block is structurally reinforced.” It’s also environmentally friendly and, according to the homeowners, remarkably sound-proof. While the house was being built, Dave found himself with plenty of time to plan interiors, including the chef’s kitchen of his dreams. “I may have been a difficult employer, because I wanted to do so many things myself,” he says. “Once I got the blueprints, I started picking out where everything was going on the walls, even before the house was built.” Working primarily through Direct Buy, a home remodelers’ buying club, Dave ordered fixtures, lighting, and cabinetry, making sure items were on hand for Peterson exactly when they needed to be. For his part, Peterson utilized his longtime team of artisans and subcontractors to incorporate the home’s classic beams and corbels, radiant-heated brick flooring, and diamond-finish plaster walls.

Wooden lintels, carved corbels, and a sculptural kiva fireplace are among many traditional Southwestern accents in the home.

Depeche enjoys the view from the dining room as much as his parents do. Creative Lighting provided the contemporary Hubbardton Forge chandelier and ceramic vases. Right: Every piece of art in the home has its special place, including the art glass by Laurie Burns that sits in a nicho above the well-hidden TV.



“Once I got the blueprints, I started picking out where everything was going on the walls, even before the house was built.”—Dave Roeber

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“This is our first home with an open concept,” says Lisa, an office manager for a commercial landscaping company. “We’ve adjusted well to it.” She’s referring to the jaw-dropping oversized kitchen, which is the literal and figurative center of the 3,800-square-foot home. Opening into both the dining and great rooms, with their amazing views of the Sandias, the gadget-filled kitchen gleams with high-end appliances built into rich, red-hued alder wood cabinets and a massive, Black Pearl granite–topped island. Measuring 10 x 6 feet, the island was designed for entertaining crowds of 15 to 20 people— which the Roebers do quite often. “We started hosting ‘Wine Smackdowns’ a few years ago,” Dave notes. “Everybody brings their favorite kind of pinot, or whatever type of wine we decide on—in brown bags. Then we all taste it and score it. It’s so much fun.” They also enjoy hosting guests for longer stays, and planned ahead to accommodate friends and family for extended visits. (Lisa has six siblings.) Veering off the main bedroom hallway, a beautifully appointed guest suite—complete with a kiva fireplace, full bath, kitchenette, and semiprivate entrance—makes visitors feel right at home. It’s even a cat-free zone for those with allergies: Depeche and Roxy, both Bengals, have their own felineforward spaces elsewhere in the house. In addition to being expertly designed, the Roebers’ home is also exquisitely decorated—and again, it’s the ex-military pilot with the design eye. “Dave did it all,” says Lisa of the interior décor. Lighting, objects d’art, tile: all Dave, who carefully chose each spot to display the art he and Lisa had collected over the years. Watercolors by Paul Sanchez line the hallway leading to the bedroom, and art glass by Laurie Burns sits in an alcove above the TV in the living room. The homeowners are big fans of Santa Fe and Texas artist Bill Worrell’s work; his sculpture The Prophecy has its own specially designed space in the entryway, while The Mystery Lady of Santa Fe hangs at the end of

Even the guest suite has separate wings. A fully functional kitchenette and roomy bathroom (through the doorway on the left) are set well apart from the sleeping area.

The inclusion of a guest suite was important to the Roebers, who have frequent visitors. Its semiprivate location is just off the steps to the garage, so guests can come and go as they please.




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the hallway closest to the master bedroom. Only three pieces of furniture adorn the master: a huge, rustic platform bed from Los Angeles’ Environment Furniture called “The Edge Bed,” and two equally rustic matching end tables. A simple, rosecolored quilt brings out the warm hues of the artwork that adorns three walls. (Dave and Lisa call it their “lady-themed” room—all of the pieces feature women.) A few drawers built into the bed serve as storage for small items, but every other piece of clothing, every bit of potential clutter, is hidden in the walk-in closet off the bathroom, allowing for wonderful feng shui in the sleeping space. Dave and Lisa have lived in their beautiful home for over five years now, and love it more every day. Retirement seems to be sticking this time for Dave, and that’s a good thing. Now he’s able to enjoy the dream he helped build. A big walk-in closet (above) was one of only two items on Lisa’s wish list. Right: Patterns repeat throughout the house, including the distinctive marble countertops used in all three bathrooms. The bathrooms’ rose-stained cabinets and modern pulls mirror those in the kitchen.



bathing beauties Custom details and personal preferences inform the design of three dream bathrooms by Amy Gross

Regal and dramatic, a step-up tub is the center of a sumptuous master bath in Paa-Ko. Painted concrete columns support an eyebrow arch, while a 3-D relief winds, river-like, across the travertine base.


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The equally impressive powder room features a ragged travertine wall, custom-carved vanity, underlit onyx countertops, a barrel-vaulted ceiling, and a hand-painted mural by Bonnie Neel.

The raised bathtub provides the perfect vantage point for viewing the flat-screen TV and see-through fireplace during a soak. Master forger Say Sithithapanya created the custom ironwork adorning the circular shower.

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his and hers—but mostly hers In 2010, when Art and Toya Kaplan were designing their sumptuous old world–style home in Paa-Ko with John Lowe of Panorama Homes, the team came to a big decision regarding the master bath. “We wanted to do a tub that was worth doing,” says Lowe, who has been building custom homes for more than two decades. The resulting design is jaw-dropping: a step-up tub swathed in travertine from Arizona Tile, surrounded by massive columns, and situated beneath an impressive groin ceiling. “The grand bathroom entry doors frame that grand tub,” Lowe notes, “creating incredible sightlines from outside the room.” It’s no accident that Toya’s side of the master bath is close to three times larger than her husband’s. “This is her bathroom,” Art says. “She wanted it, she designed it.” A ­ nd it’s an incredible space—feminine yet powerful. The queenly tub faces a see-through gas fireplace that peeks into the master bedroom. Two flat-screen TVs, one in each room, hang above the fireplace. The “snail” shower, also clad in travertine, is on Art’s side of the room; gorgeous custom ironwork by master forger Sithisay “Say” Sithithapanya matches the design in the windows behind the tub. Toya’s side of the bathroom may be bigger, but Art’s has its

own personal touches, like the built-in fridge for water and sports drinks placed conveniently just outside the workout room on the far side of the bathroom. For her part, Toya was looking for space and elegance. Daniel Gutierrez of Daniel R. Gutierrez Custom Cabinets delivered both with the antiquefinish cabinets. “We wanted them to look like furniture,” says Toya, “and that’s exactly what he did.” Clever slots and drawers provide ample space for hair dryers and toiletries, while outlets located within the cabinets hide unsightly cords. The Kaplans were going for an old-world look, one that was “maybe even a little castle-ish,” says Toya. Bonnie Neel, a now-retired Albuquerque faux finisher, tied the entire master bathroom—walls, ceiling, and arch—together with a rich, threecolor faux finish that absolutely seals the room’s luxurious feel. She also hand-painted the magnificent mural in the Kaplans’ powder room. It’s no wonder this master bathroom took home the Best Bath award in its category in the Fall 2010 Homes of Enchantment Parade. Regal, luxurious, and exquisitely designed, it’s a space fit for a king and queen. Well, mostly a queen. Panorama Homes, SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Before its complete remodel last year, the master bath in Rob Abbott and Kim Schramm’s Northeast Heights home looked like a chapter straight out of the late 1980s design stylebook: the obligatory wall of mirrors, awful textured wallpaper, a plant ledge, and an inexplicably angled wall that served no useful purpose. “It was very stylish!” Kim laughs. Although their home could best be described as Spanish Colonial, the couple’s design tastes lean toward contemporary. So when they realized they couldn’t take the green and mauve of their bathroom one more minute, Rob and Kim contacted Bob Pennington of Pennington Builders. Pennington’s been remodeling homes since 1983—yes, even through the painful ’80s—and along with interior designer Susan Finch of Blue Door Design, the team set to work bringing Rob and Kim’s bath into the 21st century. The space, a modest 15 x 6 feet, couldn’t be expanded, so the team worked to make it look bigger. Removing the soffit/plant ledge unblocked the two skylights already in place, bathing the room in natural light. The shower and toilet, previously hidden behind a wall with a pocket door, are now out in the

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Thanks to ample drawer and cabinet space and faucets mounted to the backsplash, the counters are completely devoid of clutter. Below: The clever use of tiles—thin and oversized, laid both horizontally and vertically—creates different focal points.

open—though the nifty frosted glass half wall minimizes the commode. The cabinets are by Wellborn—Pennington Builders is a Wellborn Cabinet dealer—and they’re beauties. Dark and sleek, the cabinets float—a treatment great for creating visual space, but which limits storage space. The center medicine cabinet, which rises from the center of the Silestone counters, solved that problem quite handily. Much deeper than a typical medicine cabinet, the cabinet features three drawers as well as tall shelves which create plenty of space and storage. Rob notes the lack of clutter: “Everything you’d normally have on the counter, we can hide in the cabinet.” Designer Finch steered the owners toward the neutral color scheme (begone, green and mauve!) and soothing horizontal glass tiles from Design Materials. Rob and Kim love the neutral palette, but, as fans of contemporary design, felt the need to spice it up just a bit with some lively artwork and bright décor—the perfect shot of warmth. Rob and Kim know they won’t be living in this home forever. But until they move on to their dream house, they can confidently refer to their new, up-to-date bathroom as “very stylish!”—and this time, without giggling. Pennington Builders,

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A custom, hand-painted mirror adds kick to the Barbers’ warm, brown-toned master bath. Above: The walk-in shower is backed by wood-looking stone.

“We took everything we liked from houses we’d built for other people and put it in ours.” —Gerry Barber, Madera Builders

Gerry Barber, owner of Santa Fe–based Madera Builders, entered his most recent project, a 3,575-square foot Territorial home, in the 2013 Haciendas—A Parade of Homes. Since the home he’d entered was the dream home he’d just built for himself and his artist wife Linda, winning an award for Best Master Suite in its category was especially gratifying. Years of building homes for other people certainly helped Gerry and Linda figure out what they wanted in their own. They were ready with a list of must-haves. “We took everything we liked from houses we’d built for other people and put it in ours,” says Gerry. Their master bathroom was built around several design preferences: lots of separate, his-and-hers counter space, storage, and light. Linda also wanted a sit-down vanity with an unusual mirror. A picture window sits above the large soaking tub on one side of the room, along with a large walk-in shower backed by stone from Statements in Tile/Lighting/Kitchens/ Flooring that looks like wood. On the other side of the bath are the requisite his-andhers counters—a gorgeous concrete-looking Cesarstone from Counter Intelligence—and undermount Porcher sinks, built into custom cherry cabinets by H & S Craftsmen. Interior designer Erica Ortiz steered the Barbers toward the warm glass-and-stone mosaic tile backsplash, which complements perfectly the oil-rubbed fixtures from Santa Fe By Design. A discreet closet houses the toilet and bidet; Gerry notes that all of Madera’s plumbing fixtures are water-saving models, which, along with a gray water system, helped the home also earn a Green Award for Water Efficiency in the Haciendas Parade. In the end, the Barbers got what they wanted, down to the unusual mirror. The striking hand-painted orange piece by Coyote Glass dips down over the backsplash so it’s eyelevel when Linda is pulled up to the sit-down vanity she so loves. “It’s a focal point of the bathroom,” she says, “and yet it doesn’t take away from the color scheme of the room.” Good things come to those who wait, dream, and take good notes. This is a master bathroom many years in the making, and one that suits its owners perfectly. Madera Builders LLC, SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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new possibilities Taking a fresh look at old spaces and familiar ingredients


eople typically buy cookbooks for one of two reasons: They’re looking to experiment with a new cuisine or dietary plan, or they’re looking for new and exciting ways to use familiar ingredients. If you’ve ever found yourself in a recipe rut, you can relate to the latter. Often, vegetables are the familiar, tired ingredients most needing new life in our culinary repertoires. Deborah Madison, author of the seminal Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, has stepped carefully outside the vegetarian cooking milieu with her newest cookbook, Vegetable Literacy. That’s not to say that the recipes she shares and brings to life in gorgeous color photographs aren’t vegetable-forward; it’s that they’re likely to be prepared with vegetables you’ve never heard of, or from parts of familiar veggies you’ve never thought to utilize. Vegetable literacy, indeed. Prepare to be schooled. Vegetable Literacy is more than a cookbook: It’s a thoughtful scientific text for the savvy home cook that breaks down the 12 families from the edible plant kingdom. In her casual, engaging voice, Madison shares her own recent discoveries about vegetables within these plant families, and the ups and downs she’s encountered in trying to grow them in her own backyard. Although she calls herself a beginner gardener, clearly this is an understatement; the woman’s garden appears to be

Vegetable Literacy, by Deborah Madison, Ten Speed Press, hardcover, $40

overflowing with vegetables and herbs, all of which she uses in innovative ways. And it should be noted that Madison lives in Northern New Mexico, a region not typically lauded for its growing abilities. Her book is beautiful, informative, and fun to read. But its greatest worth is opening our eyes to alternative uses for our favorite vegetables. When we look at plants’ similarities from a scientific standpoint, says Madison, “Suddenly our raw materials make sense. We can see how we might substitute related vegetables when cooking, or how all the umbellifer herbs, including cilantro, parsley, and chervil, flatter umbellifer vegetables, such as carrots and fennel.” (Umbellifers, by the way, are members of the carrot family; they typically have hollow stems and lacy flowers. Keep Google handy as you work through this book.)

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Vegetable Literacy’s greatest worth is opening our eyes to alternative uses for our favorite vegetables.

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After each lesson comes a rush of marvelous recipes that use both the familiar and unfamiliar vegetables Madison has just introduced. Burdock Soup with Truffle Salt, anyone? Cardoon Risotto? Quelites with Onion and Chile? If you’ve never heard of burdock, cardoons, or quelites (also called lamb’s quarters), don’t worry; seeing what these veggies look like and figuring them into your weekly food plan is what makes Vegetable Literacy so enjoyable. It’s the best kind of teaching cookbook, the kind that points out how cool Rio Zape beans are, shows you what they look like, and then tells you exactly how you can cook with them. The only challenge with respect to the more exotic/less familiar vegetables is figuring out where to find these ingredients locally. If your local food co-op or farmers market doesn’t pan out, try growing them yourself, says Madison. That’s half the fun.—Amy Gross

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cultivating knowledge

by Amy Gross

Students bring their toughest gardening questions to “Osuna University”

Deborah Madison Growing strong in New Mexico

Vanessa Sanchez


uthor, chef, and cooking teacher Deborah Madison spends most of her time talking and using food, but on weekends and whenever time permits, she grows it. A cooking stint at California’s legendary Chez Panisse in the late ‘70s inspired her to open her own farm-driven restaurant, Greens, in the Bay Area, and eventually she found herself in Santa Fe, where she opened Café Escalera with another Chez Panisse alum, David Tanis. She even spent a bit of time in 1990 managing the Santa Fe Farmers Market. Now a 20-year resident of New Mexico, last year Madison shared Edible Santa Fe’s Best Food Writer title with Cheryl Alters Jamison and Su Casa’s John Vollertsen. Madison spends as much time in her own garden as she can. “I’ve grown almost everything in [Vegetable Literacy] at one time, because I was curious,” Madison says. “You can buy something like cumin really easily, but it’s fun to grow it—to see what it looks like.” Other favorite things to grow herself? “The goosefoots—chard, amaranth, quinoa,” she says. “I love growing tomatoes and eggplant, and oddball greens like orach. It’s related to chard, and it’s beautiful.” She admits to having “never grown a cauliflower,” and struggles with creepy-squash-bug-prone winter squashes. Ever the advocate of organic, locally grown-and-produced foods, when Madison needs to look outside her own backyard for a specific ingredient, she frequents Whole Foods, Santa Fe’s Spanish Table and La Montanita Co-op, and of course, the Santa Fe Farmers Market. “That’s the food I want to eat most.”—AG

Osuna Nursery is a gold mine for gardeners. Brimming with plants and gardening products, it’s also a great source of growing information and instruction.


ow often should roses be watered in Northern New Mexico? Do bulbs grow well in this climate? Which herbs will take over a garden if not grown in containers? If you’ve got gardening questions, “Osuna University” has answers. Every Saturday through the end of June, Osuna Nursery hosts hour-long seminars at its Osuna Road location on gardening topics ranging from orchids and container gardening to composting and terrariums. Taught by local gardening and landscaping experts who know Northern New Mexico’s challenging growing conditions inside and out, each class— held from 10–11 am—involves instruction followed by plenty of opportunity for Q&A. Osuna Nursery Marketing Director Vanessa Sanchez notes that most of the classes are suitable for all skill levels, but a few are targeted specifically to more advanced gardeners. “Experienced gardeners will love the seminars on trees in the xeric garden (March 29) and herb gardening (May 17) taught by well-known horticulturalists Judith Phillips and Jim Sais,” says Sanchez. “And landscape architect Baker Morrow, who teaches in the masters degree program at UNM, will discuss landscaping on May 10.” Two classes—the Rose Festival (April 26) and the Albuquerque Master Gardeners’ Day (May 24)—kick off with instruction from 10–11 am, but Sanchez says the instructors will stick around until 2 pm to answer your toughest questions. You might even get to enjoy lunch from a local food truck like Irrational Pie; check with staff when you come to class to see what may be cooking that day. There’s no pre-registration necessary; all classes are walk-in. Sanchez suggests participants bring a pen and pad to take notes, plus a list of specific questions. You can even bring your pooch—Osuna Nursery is pet-friendly. The main thing to bring: your love of gardening. For the complete list of classes, click on the Events link at SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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The Legends at High Desert by Ben Ikenson Photographs by Amadeus Leitner


ocated in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque’s Far Northeast Heights, High Desert is a beautiful and expansive master-planned community with several distinctive neighborhoods, including The Legends at High Desert. The gated community currently features 22 existing homes, all built prior to 2008. Custom homebuilders Las Ventanas Homes purchased the 29 remaining home sites just last fall, quickly selling eight homes in under two months to eager buyers. Las Ventanas’ revitalization of this once-stalled community is giving them the opportunity to not only take over an unfinished residential development project, but to improve on it. “The exteriors of our new homes will match the existing contemporary, Southwestern-style homes, and keep the unique look of the neighborhood intact,” says Las Ventanas Homes’ Scott Ashcraft. “But we’re taking a decidedly more modern approach to the interiors, with countless high-end features and open floor plans.”

A cobblestone street and beautiful iron gate announce the entrance to The Legends at High Desert. The community is being completed by custom home builders Las Ventanas Homes.

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Las Ventanas Homes was established in 2010 when Ashcraft and partners Scott Allen and Dave Kleinfeld hit upon a formula that has served them well over the last three years: obtaining welllocated infill lots upon which they build upscale, energy-efficient homes. Quality and efficient design will be the driving principles for the homes at The Legends. “The idea that bigger is always better has become outdated,” says Ashcraft. “By and large, we’re finding that homeowners are very interested in the details—and our homes are all about details.” Indeed, new Las Ventanas–built homes at The Legends will all feature hardwood flooring, integrated low voltage systems, Bosch appliances, granite or quartz countertops, solid wood interior doors, Pella wood-framed windows, and beautiful copper garage doors. Future homeowners are likely to appreciate significantly reduced utility bills thanks to Las Ventanas’ energy-efficiency initiatives.


All new homes at The Legends will be built to Build Green New Mexico Silver certification—or higher— and will include HEPA air purification systems, which are crucial for obtaining healthy indoor air quality, particularly in well-insulated new homes. Homes include ample blown-in cellulose insulation, LED lighting, tankless water heaters, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and Energy Star appliances. Solar power is an option available on request as well. With homes between 1,850 and 3,000 square feet and starting at $465,000, Ashcraft hopes The Legends community will appeal to upwardly mobile young families and retirees looking to downsize. The existing infrastructure within High Desert is certainly a huge asset to anyone considering building here. “Everyone who makes their home at The Legends has great access to hiking, biking, and running trails, the Elena Gallegos Open Space, a large public park with tennis courts, and many other amenities,” Ashcraft notes. “And the views of the mountains are unparalleled.” Consumers have certainly been responsive to the company’s endeavors. The firm followed its first, namesake project—Las Ventanas—with two others: Entrada del Bosque, and Rancho de Candelaria. All

The contemporary Southwest-style exteriors of the homes at The Legends are a perfect fit against the majestic backdrop of the Sandia Mountains. Right: Gorgeous copper garage doors are a distinctive feature of all homes in the community. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM



three beautiful enclaves in Albuquerque’s North Valley have been built to capacity with a total of 33 homes sold. Las Ventanas Homes also plans to exercise its unique, high-quality approach in developing a new community on Albuquerque’s Westside. The builder will present the first of 30 home sites later this spring at Ventana de La Luz. Located within the gated community of La Luz del Sol, the homes will range in size from 1,900 to 2,100 square feet and start at $325,000. With innovative floor plans, “these homes will maximize space through smart design,” says Ashcraft. “Green-built, cohesive indoor-outdoor living spaces, and a convenient location will make Ventana de La Luz a highly desirable community.” For individuals who are ready to take the leap and build their own home, Las Ventanas starts by showing prospective buyers a model home and various floor plans from which to choose. But the custom homebuilder also invites clients to suggest changes, offers free consultations to help determine the prospective homeowners’ specific needs, and invites them to work directly with an interior designer to make the perfect final touches. “It’s a great process,” says Ashcraft. “It really gets homebuyers to think about exactly what they want their home to be like, be involved, and to take charge in making their dream home a reality.” Las Ventanas Homes,

A living room worth living in. Pella windows and high ceilings help capture the spectacular views, while hardwood floors and a sleek gas fireplace offer warmth and comfort.


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Signature Community 3 bedrooms 3 baths 1,900 sq. ft. $469,900 (base price) $473,300 (base price plus all upgrades) Missy Ashcraft (505) 362-6823

Beautiful finishes always define a Las Ventanas home, and the homes at The Legends at High Desert are no exception. This home incorporates not only the best finishes, but an amazing location as well. A 12-foot-wide door at the back of the main living space floods the home with natural

light. An attached casita can be used as private guest quarters or a home office. You will love the contemporary Southwest design and the use of a real copper garage door. Finally, you will rest easy knowing your home is constructed to Build Green New Mexico Silver certification.

From the Big I, take I-40 east to the Tramway exit and head north on Tramway. Turn right (east) on Academy, and stay on Academy through the first stop sign to the first gated neighborhood on the right. Turn right into The Legends and proceed straight ahead on Ghost Flower Trail.

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Directions: From the Big I, take I-40 west. Exit Coors Blvd. and head north (right) on Coors. Proceed to Sevilla (stoplight near Jinja restaurant). Turn west (left) on Sevilla and make the first right into the gate of La Luz del Sol. Call the number located at the gate for entry into the community. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM



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family-friendly features soften and provide function to every element in this spacious and luxurious home. Enjoy a freshly made teppanyaki dinner as you watch the Sandia Mountains change colors at sunset!

From I-25, head north and exit Paseo Del Norte Blvd. Turn left on Paseo Del Norte. Cross the river, then from the far right lane, exit right onto Coors. Turn right onto Irving Blvd. and enter Black Farm Estates subdivision. Turn right on Black Farm Lane. The house is on the left near the end of the cul-de-sac.

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From the Big I, take I-25 north and exit Paseo Del Norte. Go west (left) on Paseo Del Norte and proceed to Golf Course Road NW. Take a right on Golf Course Road and go to Congress Avenue, just past Paradise Blvd. Turn right on Congress and then left on Caddie. Camden Court is the second street on the left.



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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, then turn left on Coneflower and proceed to Wild Onion.


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3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,150 sq. ft. $271,990 (base price) $376,413 (base price plus all upgrades) Paul Rodriguez (505) 797-4245

Guests are welcomed through a dramatic foyer to this exquisite, masterfully designed home, beautiful both inside and out. At its heart is the well-appointed gourmet kitchen, which opens to

the spacious family room and leads to the formal dining room, master suite, huge covered patio, and two more bedrooms.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Unser, and head north (right) on Unser. Make a right onto Rosa Parks Road, then a right on Aloe Road.



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7051 Tombstone Road NW

Tierra Vista

4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,456 sq. ft. $235,990 (base price) $295,165 (base price plus all upgrades) Paul Rodriguez (505) 797-4245

Spacious and welcoming, with a large foyer and open floor plan, this gorgeous home is ideal for even the largest of families. The downstairs master and three fully separated bedrooms upstairs

provide plenty of privacy, while the large family room and upstairs loft are perfect for family activities and entertaining.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Unser, and head north (right) on Unser. Turn left on Rainbow, then right on Universe. Left on Woodmont, left on Indian Hills, then left onto Tombstone Road.



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8415 Groundsel Road NW

Montecito Estates

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 3,081 sq. ft. $290,990 (base price) $430,195 (base price plus all upgrades) Paul Rodriguez (505) 797-4245

Designed to maximize space, and dramatic with its two-story family room and open floor plan, this beauty has everything a family needs, including a spacious downstairs master suite, formal dining

room, kitchen with huge center island, a study, an oversized loft, and two upstairs bedrooms, with the option for a third.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Unser, and head north (right) on Unser. Turn left onto Molten Rock, then left on Vista Vieja, and right onto Vista Antigua.



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Bella Dream Homes 7911 Victoria Drive NW

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,450 sq. ft. $445,000 Danny Clements (505) 489-9011

As you walk past the front courtyard of this beautiful Northern Territorial–style home, you feel the elegance of handcrafted Granicrete stone all around you, exposed beams above


you, and sunlight through the large living room windows that overlook the natural stone patio and the Sandia Mountains in the distance.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Coors Blvd., Exit 155. Head north on Coors for about 2 miles, then turn left onto Western Trail. Turn right onto Unser, left onto Molten Rock, and left onto 81st Street. Take the fifth left onto Shiprock Court, then turn right onto Victoria Drive.


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8000 Mauna Loa Drive NW 3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,293 sq. ft. $440,000 Chris Martinez (505) 720-0627

This modern home features weathered woodlooking tile that surrounds the entry, concrete polished terrazzo floors, quartz countertops, glass


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garage doors, and large sliding pocket doors that open the kitchen up to the backyard.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Unser. Head north (right) on Unser and then turn left on Molten Rock. Turn left onto 81st Street and then left onto Mauna Loa.



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5320 Sacate Avenue NW

Andalucia at La Luz

3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,210 sq. ft. $348,900 Jolynne Becker cell (505) 239-3037 or (505) 828-9900

Spacious and open describes the feeling upon entry into this inviting custom home. A curvilinear window wall spans the entire great room and dining room, presenting breathtaking views of the


bosque and Sandias. The center kitchen offers an eat-in kitchen island sunlit by skylights.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Coors Blvd. (Exit 155) and head northbound (right). Continue on Coors 1.5 miles, then turn right onto Sevilla into Andalucia. Turn right on Mi Cordelia, then right onto Sacate Avenue. Home is on the left.


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El Bosque at Andalucia

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,775 sq. ft. $572,600 Jolynne Becker cell (505) 239-3037 or (505) 828-9900

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

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

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.





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

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.

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.

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Twilight Homes

5731 University Blvd. SE

Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,710 sq. ft. $285,990 (base price) $325,990 (base price plus all upgrades) Michael Carter (505) 508-4846

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.

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.


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Paul Kenderdine Inc. 309 Solano SE

Complete remodel: expanded living room and master suite $390,000 (price of remodeled portion of home) Paul Kenderdine (505) 249-2495

From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Lead/Coal exit and turn left (east) on Coal, proceeding past Carlisle. Turn left onto Solano. Total transformation! Simple elegance may be an understatement, as this one-time WWII-era ranch house now more closely resembles a midcentury modern. We designed and built this

home around some incredible views, rare to the Nob Hill area. It is bright, open, and truly elegant. The pool, spa, and location make it a perfect urban oasis.

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Paschich Design Group 12105 Pino Avenue NE

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,890 sq. ft. $559,900 Wristen Paschich (505) 250-1887

This progressive architectural design demonstrates a sophisticated synthesis of contemporary elements. Using modern geometries, forms, and spaces, the home confidently reveals itself. While an example of

modern living, it feels quite comfortable set among the regional styles of New Mexico. The concrete floors, steel beam work, and avant-garde kitchen provide an urban contrast for our historic setting.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo Del Norte exit, traveling east on Paseo Del Norte to Tramway. Turn right (south) on Tramway to Tramway Terrace. Turn right (west) on Tramway Terrace and go through the stop sign, where Tramway Terrace becomes Pino Avenue.



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Koinonia Architects & Builders 8804 Scarlet Knight NE

Primrose Pointe


4 bedrooms 4 baths 4,000 sq. ft. $1,175,000 Paul R. McDonald (505) 249-8634

Old-world Spanish details—including rustic vintage doors, hand-hewn beams, vigas, latillas, and Venetian plaster walls—are beautifully orchestrated in this Spanish-style hacienda. The bell


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tower, gatehouse, and the sound of water draw you into the tranquil entry courtyard to begin your Koinonia custom home adventure.

From the Big I, take I-25 north. Exit right (east) on Paseo Del Norte. Turn left on Tramway and then left onto Cedar Hill. Turn right on Gypsy Drive, then left onto Irish Mist, then right on Scarlet Knight.

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All Trades Construction 12220 Modesto Avenue

North Albuquerque Acres


4 bedrooms 5 baths 4,992 sq. ft. $1,250,000 Kurt Flores (505) 414-9906

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.

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Vineyard Homes

11205 Wilshire Avenue NE

North Albuquerque Acres


4 bedrooms 5 baths 4,500 sq. ft. $793,000 Deb Short (505) 235-5225

A grand Tuscan estate in North Albuquerque Acres! Gorgeous tile and stone accents, with beamed ceiling and handmade ironwork. The library boasts a beautiful spiral staircase and two

stained-glass cathedral windows. Everyone can appreciate the Mexican tile roof and the oldworld charm throughout the home.


From the Big I, head north on I-25 and take the Paseo Del Norte exit, traveling east on Paseo Del Norte to Browning. Turn left (north) on Browning, then right (east) onto Wilshire.

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Panorama Homes 9915 Sand Verbena Trail


3 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,550 sq. ft. $705,000 John Lowe (505) 688-6834

Located in the gated Ocotillo subdivision of Albuquerque’s Far Northeast Heights, this green-certified home is a beautiful example of

classic Panorama design-detailing, and a perfect combination of luxury and comfortable energy efficiency.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo Del Norte exit, traveling east on Paseo Del Norte to Holbrook. Turn left on Holbrook, then right into Ocotillo. Make another right, then a left onto Sand Verbena Trail. Continue on Sand Verbena almost to the end of the block.



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Lowe-Bo Homes 8804 Rich Court NE

4 bedrooms 3 baths 3,017 sq. ft. $590,000 Ted Lowe (505) 991-2555

This enchanting Spanish-style home features an open floor plan with lots of light. Located in the very desirable Northeast Heights, the BGNM Silver–level home showcases gorgeous views of the Sandias and the city. The

home shows off a modern French-style kitchen, custom stone accents, genuine hickory plank wood floors, and beautiful tile work in the bathrooms. There is also a spacious deck off the upstairs family room.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte and turn right (east). Turn left on Barstow, right on Alameda, and then left onto Rich Court.

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ABS Homes

760 Juan Tomas Road

3 bedrooms 2.75 baths 2,979 sq. ft. $274,850 (base price) $347,700 (base price plus all upgrades) Kerry L. Lujan or Olivia Stuard (505) 382-8052 or (505) 832-6111

Relax under the covered portals of this custom mountain abode, tucked away among the trees. A kitchen no chef would turn down, featuring stainless steel appliances and custom-crafted


knotty alder cabinetry. The home is accented with vigas, beams, corbels, and EarthWerks driftwood plank flooring. Don’t miss the views from the upstairs retreat.

From the Big I, take I-40 east to Exit 181 (NM 217/Sedillo). Turn left onto NM 333 (Route 66) and continue 1.7 miles to NM 217. Turn right onto NM 217 and continue 4.4 miles to Juan Tomas Road. Turn left on Juan Tomas and continue .7 miles to address on the right.


Panorama Homes 27 Hogan Court


2 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,293 sq. ft. $595,000 John Lowe (505) 688-6834

Located in the gated area of Paa-Ko Village Communities on the acclaimed Paa-Ko golf course, this green-certified home is perfect for entertaining, with an open design and wide,

wraparound covered portals for taking in the mountain views. The home features designer gallery lighting and travertine stone floors throughout.

From the Big I, travel east on I-40 for 14.5 miles. Take Exit 175 toward NM 14/Cedar Crest. Travel north on 14 for approximately 9.5 miles, turning left at the second entrance to Paa-Ko. Take the first right onto Paa-Ko Drive, then left on Rain Dance. Turn left on Hogan Court through the Casitas entrance, and park in the cul-de-sac at the end of the road.






281 Star Meadow Road

Diamond Tail Ranch

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,385 sq. ft. $579,000 Kaye Marshall (505) 934-7639

Nestled on a view lot in the Diamond Tail subdivision in Placitas is an EcoTerra contemporary-Southwestern home that will certify at the Build Green NM Gold level. Living and dining space flow with a

gourmet kitchen, along with outdoor covered patios. A 3-car garage provides ample storage. The home was designed and built to conserve energy, and it is roughed in for renewable energy.

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From the Big I, take I-25 north to Placitas/ Bernalillo exit 242. Turn right onto NM 165, proceed to Camino del Tecolote Road and turn left. Camino del Tecolote turns into Camino de San Francisco. Bear right onto Diamond Tail Road through the community entrance to Meadows Road. Turn left onto Meadows, left onto Diamond Tail, then right onto Star Meadow Road.

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Rachel Matthew Homes


27 Mimbres Court

Petroglyph Trails

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,847 sq. ft. $424,900 Marlene Vance (505) 792-4663

This gorgeous home boasts a number of detailed amenities that will please a person’s senses. From the spectacular Placitas views to the sacred sound of silence inside this wonderfully insulated green

home, the open floor plan allows one to feel completely at peace. Come visit this well-crafted and beautifully styled Rachel Matthew home.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242. Turn right onto NM 165, then immediately turn left onto the frontage road. After .9 miles look for the entrance to the Anasazi and Petroglyph communities, and turn right onto Petroglyph Trail. Follow this road .8 miles, turn left onto Brazos Trail Court, then left onto Mimbres Court. The house is at the end of the road.

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Stillbrooke Homes 811 Bosque Vista

Aldea at Santiago

3 bedrooms, 2 baths 2,003 sq. ft. $227,985 (base price) $243,397 (base price plus all upgrades) Florence Toti (505) 235-1690

Don’t miss this incredible cottage-style courtyard home that fronts to a private park and quaint, tree-lined streets. A three-way fireplace welcomes you to the large front kitchen with

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framed mountain views. Custom hand-finished knotty alder cabinets, granite, stainless, oversized garage, and upgraded everything. Save thousands with GreenSmart technology.

From the Big I, go north on I-25 to Exit 240 (US 550). Head west (left) on US 550 through Bernalillo to Hwy. 528; turn left. Proceed approximately 1 mile to the entrance of the Santiago community (traffic light). Turn left onto Santiago Way, then left at the first intersection onto Bosque Vista. The home is across the street from the community park.


Modern Dwellings 1051 Saratoga Drive NE

4 bedrooms 4 baths 3,444 sq. ft. $589,000 Todd Erenstein (505) 459-2834

This stunning Southwestern contemporary combines clean lines with elements of wood, steel, and stone, creating a uniquely modern warmth. Large windows and corner glass let in abundant


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light and capture picturesque views of the Sandia Mountains. This home features exposed aggregate concrete floors, horizontal-grain walnut cabinetry, and custom steel.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Alameda and turn west (left). Stay on Alameda/Hwy. 528 for 10 miles. Turn left on Northern Blvd., then turn right on Saratoga Drive.



Twilight Homes

2622 Redondo Santa Fe


3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,680 sq. ft. $224,000 (base price) $249,000 (base price plus all upgrades) Ann or Pauline (505) 349-3723

Come be amazed! Beautiful views await you in this three-bedroom, two-bath stunner. Huge living areas, granite countertops throughout, a

large back patio, and a warm fireplace with lots of upgraded tile are just some of the beautiful features in this home.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Route 550 in Bernalillo. Head west on 550 for about 6 miles. Turn south (left) on Northwest Loop (Unser) and proceed about 3 miles. Turn right on Mariposa Parkway, left at Redondo Sierra Vista, and right onto Redondo Santa Fe.

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Pulte Homes

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4017 Colina Roja Lane

Loma Colorado­—Tres Colinas


4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,669 sq. ft. $314,990 (base price) $465,663 (base price plus all upgrades) Wade Messenger (505) 891-0439

This large and inviting single-story home features a spacious guest room that opens to the kitchen, nook, and formal dining areas. The home boasts a private courtyard and covered patio, inspiring

outdoor living and entertaining. The large owner’s suite includes a sitting area and private access to the patio. This home also boasts an exclusive casita option.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte and turn left (west). Turn right onto Coors, then bear left onto Coors Bypass/NM 528. Turn left on High Resort Road, then right on Loma Vista, right on Terraza, and then right into the Tres Colinas gated community. The home is on the right.

The Cottonwood at Loma Colorado • Private Front Courtyard • Optional Three Car Garage • Optional Guest Suite with Living Area • Granite Kitchen Countertops Standard • Large Owner’s Suite • Located in the exclusive gated community in desirable Loma Colorado

Find your new Pulte home at or call 505.761.9606

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Stillbrooke Homes 741 Tiwa

Ocotillo Hills

4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths 3,065 sq. ft. $345,229 (base price) $417,564 (base price plus all upgrades) Robin McMorries

(505) 934-5812

Jeremy Martinez

(505) 401-0504

A gated community with large lots, a favorite local builder, and custom quality showcase this incomparable home. The casually gated house with courtyard welcomes, then blows you away with the

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spectacular staircase. Spectacular features include the vaulted family room, tile and wood flooring, a first floor master suite, a study, custom antique-style cabinets, and custom old-world beams.

From the Big I, go north on I-25 to Paseo Del Norte and turn left (west). Exit onto Coors, go past and up the hill from Cottonwood Mall to Hwy. 528 (Pat D’Arco Hwy.). Proceed north on Hwy. 528 to Northern Blvd. Turn left (west), then left (south) on Broadmoor to Ocotillo Hills on the right. Enter through gate to Tiwa, then right onto Tiwa.

RayLee Homes: A New Generation 2829 Kiva View NE

Ocotillo Hills


4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,988 sq. ft. $328,101 (base price) $396,934 (base price plus all upgrades) Tammy Thornton (505) 917-1677

Walk into this Tuscan dream and feel right at home. The rotunda entry foyer gives you two directions: leading to the front bedrooms or to

the spacious dining, living, and kitchen area. This home, located in the gated community of Ocotillo Hills, is a must-see.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Alameda and turn left (west). Stay on Alameda until it turns into Highway 528, then turn left on High Resort Blvd. SE. Take a right on Broadmoor Blvd., then a left onto Picuris Avenue NE. Left onto Tiwa Lane, and right onto Kiva View NE.



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Twilight Homes 2411 15th Street SE

Vista Montebella

5 bedrooms 2.5 baths 3,002 sq. ft. $439,990 (base price) $539,990 (base price plus all upgrades) Wade Wingfield or Teresa King (505) 550-8818

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, 3-plus bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a 3-car garage.

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.


Silverton Custom Homes 2314 15th Street SE

3–4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,095 sq. ft. $600,000 Gerald S. Maestas (505) 220-7508

As you walk through the entry of this Tuscan-style residence, there is a private courtyard. The expansive home has unobstructed mountain and city views, and the open floor plan has 3 bedrooms, a


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media room, 3.5 baths, and a gorgeous kitchen. This green-certified home is an entertainer’s dream with barreled ceilings, 8-foot custom doors, plaster walls, and many other features.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Alameda exit. Exit left (west) on Alameda. Alameda becomes 528 (Pat D’Arco Hwy.). Turn left on Westside, left on Unser, and right on Black Arroyo. Turn right onto 15th Street.

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360 Paseo De Corrales

Studio/guest house: 1 bedroom 1 bath 1,200 sq. ft. $190,000


Paul Kenderdine

(505) 249-2495

Seriously, a box? A local artist came to us saying, “All I need is a box.” And what a box! Inspired by a sloping site with incredible views, we designed and built a very elegant, sophisticated

studio/guest house. Nestled into the hillside with its gently sloping roof and long cantilevers, this structure feels as if it could soar.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Alameda exit and turn left (west) on Alameda. Turn right on Ellison, heading north. Ellison turns into Loma Larga. Turn left onto Paseo De Corrales, which is the second street past Meadow Lark. Go way up the hill to 360 Paseo De Corrales.

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Joseph Custom Homes 728 Trujillo Road

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,920 sq. ft. $649,000 Greg and Miriam Joseph (505) 890-5000

Award-winning Joseph Custom Homes. When it comes to design-build, we are the ultimate “Dream Team.” You benefit from the experience of a professional designer and a career builder

every step of the way to completing your new home. It’s easy, and your home will be exceptional. We guarantee it! We’ll see you in Corrales!

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 4-way stop (approximately 5 miles), turn left onto Mission Valley Road. Turn right at Calle Blanca, then left onto Trujillo Road. The home is to your right.

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April 26 & 27, 2014 | Expo New Mexico

New Mexico’s Premiere Home and Garden Show The perfect resource for home improvement enthusiasts and weekend gardeners. 300 booths featuring products and services for your home inside and out! HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Guest Speaker, Steven Katkowsksy 3 Informative & Entertaining Seminars daily!

Come out and meet our featured guest speaker Steven Katkowsksy, TV Personality, Speaker, Author, General Contractor/Designer.

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Steven’s Informative & Entertaining Seminars See how you can increase the storage space and update your small bathroom. Nip and Tuck Simple affordable ideas to update and makeover all the rooms in your home. Enhance your Garden Learn how you can enhance your garden by creating & decorating rooms by bringing your living space outdoors with your art, and other collectibles. Interior Design showcase Great style ideas, Fresh, easy & new. Sponsored by: Cornerstone Interiors featuring:

Enjoy free gardening Seminars by local landscaping professionals daily. See our website for seminar times/info on gardening seminar presenters

Enter to win a Mini Makeover Give-a-Way Package includes certificates for painting, flooring, and window treatments. ◦ Refresh any room in your home with a $1500 certificate to use toward your flooring from Floor Coverings International ◦ Up to $1000.00 of painting courtesy of Cutting Edge Painting ◦ A certificate for $800 from Budget Blinds. Looking for new countertops? Enter to win a $2,500.00 Voucher for custom granite, quartz, or wood countertops from Rocky Mountain Stone.

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A long-distance encounter blossoms into a thoroughly modern relationship

by Amy Gross


Photographs by Amadeus Leitner

fter living in California, London, and elsewhere, Allan and Lonna Trosclair found themselves in Richmond, Virginia, where they purchased what might have been the only contemporary-style home in the area. “There’s not much contemporary in Virginia,” Allan notes, “and because contemporary is not the norm there, the construction was really poor.” The Trosclairs spent 12 years in Richmond, remodeling their home along the way, but they yearned to get back to the West Coast, where they once enjoyed expansive views. Lonna had friends in Santa Fe, so they visited the area in 2010. As often happens, New Mexico struck a chord with the couple, and it occurred to them that the California views they missed could be replaced by vistas in New Mexico. As fate would have it, they returned to Virginia to discover they’d received an unsolicited offer on their home. It appeared the Land of Enchantment was working its magic even from afar. Allan, retired from Visa International, and Lonna, who worked in the savings and loan industry, began subscribing to Su Casa after their visit to the Southwest. While still in Virginia, they came across a feature story about singer Hillary Smith’s modern home in Albuquerque. The design-builder, Amber Kennington of Boulevard Homes, had nailed their aesthetic, even down to the home’s funky, iconic accents, and it was clear to the Trosclairs that Kennington not only knew her stuff when it came to construction, but shared their passion for modern design. They had found their builder. Not long after, they also found their lot—a beautiful spot in Placitas’s Anasazi Meadows. From the start, the project was about more than making a pretty home. 88

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“We adopted a common vision for the house very early on,” says Kennington of the 2,650-square-foot, single-story residence. “Allan and Lonna were committed to making it as green as possible, and were always mindful of, and willing to invest in, what they called ‘doing the right thing.’” Solar power, the use of recycled or partially recycled materials, and a tight, energyefficient envelope were priorities for the Trosclairs. When the decision was made to achieve Build Green New Mexico Gold certification, Kennington and the owners amped up their game. “We had to be more cognizant of how every decision impacted the scoring,” says Kennington. Not only did the home earn BGNM Gold certification, it also cleaned up at the Fall 2013 Homes of Enchantment Parade, taking the Green Home Award in its price category and the Platinum Award for overall excellence in the same category. The awards were certainly gratifying for Kennington, a design-builder who stakes

Homeowners Allan and Lonna Trosclair covet their patio views of the Sandia Mountains. Above: A rust finish applied to the cold-rolled steel wall glows in the evening light.

Gates enclosing the patio match the frosted glass pattern in the blue front door. Above: “The idea of a massive wall feature has been with us a long time,� says Allan. The wall eventually manifested in stacked stone.



A replica of Enrico Franzolini’s Big Bang chandelier floats over the Marc Sowers Bespoke Woodwork–designed cabinetry of the kitchen island. Blue iridescent tile, laid vertically, wraps around corners for a seamless backsplash. Above, right: Colorful, oversized, metal entry doors are a Boulevard Homes trademark.


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With glass, metal, polished concrete, and a liberal dose of sunshine, the living room gleams. Niña naps on a sofa from TEMA Contemporary Furniture.

her reputation on superior construction and exclusively designs homes in the modern style, but it was the chance to work with clients who shared her love of all things modern that made the job just plain fun. “Along the way, we became very tuned in to one another on our vision for the look and feel of the home—the fixtures, finishes, and even the furnishings and artwork,” says Kennington, who prides herself on finding affordable alternatives to high-end materials—drawer pulls, for example, she found for $8 dollars apiece instead of $48. Sometimes that means sourcing a vendor in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, but more often it means simply sitting at a laptop with a cup of coffee. “I spend about a third of my time online,” she says. “It’s where I find all of my little ‘trade secrets!’” Kennington’s clients reap the benefits of her thriftiness. Budgetfriendly retailers like Overstock, IKEA, and West Elm inform much of the furniture, cabinet, and rug selection in the Trosclairs’ home, all of which blend seamlessly with custom elements like the sleek kitchen cabinetry by Marc Sowers Bespoke Woodwork, and the kicky reading chairs and arch lamp from TEMA Contemporary Furniture. The chandeliers in the dining room and kitchen are affordable replicas of more famous modern lighting. An impeccable knockoff of the iconic Artichoke Lamp, originally designed by architect Poul Henningsen in 1958 for Louis Poulsen Lighting, was found at Kardiel in Sacramento, California, for a mere fraction of the original lamp’s cost. And it couldn’t fit more perfectly in the Trosclairs’ dining room, complementing in midcenturySUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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owners worked so hard to find. modern fashion the eye-grabbing, mustardtoned accent wall adorned with a metal wall sculpture called “Boom.” (You’ll get it when you see it.) It’s these fun details, combined with delightful and unexpected pops of color, that bring a feeling of realness to Allan and Lonna’s modern home. It’s bright, sunny, streamlined, and warm—not glossy or sterile (the look Kennington calls “modern with a capital M”). This is a home designed, inside and out, for relaxation and comfort, and for enjoying the views its owners worked so hard to find. They point to multiple sitting areas off the living room, master bedroom, and office. Coupled with the pleasant bubbling of Zen water fountains, these spaces are ideally situated for gazing at the Sandias over a glass of wine. It might seem counterintuitive to move to New Mexico, where the Pueblo-style home is ubiquitous—indeed, the norm—and build a contemporary abode. Allan and Lonna, enamored of both modern design and the Land of Enchantment, knew their two loves would get along fine if only introduced by the right matchmaker. Kennington was their connection. Thousands of excited

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“doing the right thing” Here’s how the home earned Build Green New Mexico Gold status and won a Green Home Award: • A 17-panel, 4.34-watt solar system (expected to replace 82 percent of the home’s demand). • The heating and hot water heating systems are among the most efficient on the market (95 percent and 98 percent, respectively). • The Energy Star white reflective TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roof is designed to reduce summer heating loads by 10–15 percent compared to a typical flat roof. • Insulation is made up of recycled material, including cellulose (recycled newspaper) in all walls. Ceilings are insulated to R-60. • Windows are made of preconsumer recycled waste from the Andersen wood window plant, and recycled glass. • Floor tile is made with 60 percent recycled content; the glass wall tile with 15 percent or more. • PureBond cabinet cores use a soybased adhesive instead of one made with formaldehyde. • The SmartStrand carpet is made of 37 percent corn sugar, not petroleum like most carpeting. • Preserving the lot’s natural vegetation and minimizing disturbance to the site were green considerations; the landscape is designed to divert all roof runoff into planting areas or the existing native junipers. • Skylights and Solatubes are strategically placed throughout the home to allow natural lighting. • All toilets are dual flush, and all faucets meet WaterSense standards. • Low-VOC sealer was used on the polished concrete floors. The walls, doors, and trim were painted with zero-VOC paint. 94

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employees take pride in the uniqueness of chandeliers built using what Zubchenok calls “old-world techniques that provide a beautiful handmade feel.” Firefly’s craftsmen create all of their lighting fixtures right in the company’s Santa Fe studio. John Baldwin was an electrician when he launched Creative Lighting 25 years ago. Baldwin’s background in electrical contracting provides clients the expertise they need without having to bring in outside help. He encourages his clients to factor in many considerations when picking out a chandelier from Creative Lighting, such as light absorption by the paint on the walls. “We design the product, sell the product, warrantee it, and install it,” Baldwin says. “It’s a one-stop shop for people who don’t want four different people doing that stuff.” Most lighting retailers have shifted toward offering more LED lighting, but Dahl Lighting Showroom in Santa Fe has been particularly keen to dive all-in. Dahl is the second-largest Phillips LED distributor in the country, says showroom supervisor Kurt Segur. “We have converted almost all our fixtures to LED,” he says. “They’re as big a change from an incandescent bulb as the gas lantern to a bulb.” LEDs use about 80 percent less energy to produce the same amount of light, and don’t have to be changed like light bulbs. There’s also a crispness to the light from an LED that a traditional bulb lacks, and LED is perfect for popular contemporary chandelier styles. “Chrome and steel lend Hubbardton Forge’s Cirque themselves to that sparkle that comes off an LED chandelier, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. lamp,” says Segur. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery has been lighting homes for more than 30 years. “Homeowners can now choose their plumbing, appliances, and lighting all under one roof,” says Ferguson’s Joseph Candelaria. Ferguson’s Albquerque showroom includes a dedicated lighting area with chandelier options to fit any style and budget. “It’s our job to ask the correct questions,” Candelaria says. “For example, chandeliers generally go into foyers or dining rooms. It’s important to know room dimensions, ceiling height, door heights, and even the size of the dining room table.” Ferguson technicians are experts in all forms of lighting, trained to help clients develop lighting plans for their whole home.

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The talents of three artists graced this small but elegant space. Bathrooms being intimate spaces, Santa Fe oil painter Linda Barber wanted to put her own touch on the powder room of her Las Campanas home. She sketched out an iris design and passed it along to her husband, custom homebuilder Gerry Barber of Madera Builders, who had superintendent (and artisan) Mike Hall hand-carve the stunning cherry wood cabinets. The “yellow room,” as the Barbers call it, is a cheerful lemony shade; delicate sconces from Allbright & Lockwood throw light upon the glass vessel sink from Santa Fe By Design, custom-made by potter Tom Wallick. Adding to the feeling of warmth, natural light from a skylight along the wall “lights up the room like a candle,” says Gerry. Read about the Barbers’ master bathroom—part of an award-winning master suite—on page 42. Madera Builders, LLC 104

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