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loftyaspirations Embellishing on regional architecture gives a New Mexico home a touch of Manhattan style

by Dianna Delling

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Photographs by Amadeus Leitner

enturing west from Manhattan to build a second home here five years ago, Raymond and Deborah had no problems selecting the right property: 12.5 piñon-and-juniper-covered acres just northwest of Santa Fe. “Coming to New Mexico was about the big skies and wide open spaces,” says Raymond, a New York City native. While there was certainly no shortage of either space or sky on their new property, the couple realized the bigger challenge would be building a place that stayed true to their urban aesthetic. “I wanted a house that captured the feeling of the New Mexico vernacular, but with everything sharp and crisp,” says Raymond, whose love for clean lines and precision had previously led him to career success designing interior finishes for high-end retailers in New York; today, he’s an entrepreneur. A small house existed on the property, but it was much too small for the couple and their two children. Tucked among the trees in a lower portion of the steep hillside spread, it failed to take advantage of the spectacular vistas found up top—views that encompass mountains as far north as Colorado when the weather is clear. Archaeo Architects, archaeoarchitects.com 50

S U C A S A S U M M E R 2014

Su Casa Northern New Mexico Summer 2014 Digital Edition  

Su Casa Northern New Mexico Summer 2014 Digital Edition

Su Casa Northern New Mexico Summer 2014 Digital Edition  

Su Casa Northern New Mexico Summer 2014 Digital Edition