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Outdoor Living

by Eve Tolpa

photographs by Chris Corrie

peaceful, easy feeling doubling the deck space exponentially increases the enjoyment of a Santa Fe home’s outdoor living spaces

A substantial bridge connects the upper deck of Debbie and Steve Gray’s home to a casita. It is suspended above a lovely, meandering waterfall (below), which winds its way down a slope to within close view of the newly built lower deck.

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ong before Steve and Debbie Gray purchased a house in Santa Fe a decade ago, their relationship with the area was strong. Steve’s career in oil and gas had moved the couple all over Louisiana and Texas, where they eventually settled in Dallas to be closer to their grandchildren. Throughout the various moves, though, the City Different was always in the picture. “We’ve been coming up to Santa Fe forever,” says Debbie, who notes that as the prospect of retirement began to come into view, so did the couple’s criteria for a second home. “We wanted to be out in the mountains where Steve could go fishing, and I needed to be near people and places to eat.” As it turns out, Santa Fe fit the bill in every way. “For the size town it is, the restaurants are extraordinary,” 66

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