For this second home, the Owners of this Santa Fe residence wanted to create a comforting retreat for family and friends.  However, the building had fallen into disrepair; and was dark and closed off from the brilliant New Mexico sun.


CP&A directed a major remodel project to restore and expand the house in the Pueblo Revival style.  A large exterior courtyard next to the house was developed and interior rooms were rearranged to open up views through new windows to the Sangre de Christo Mountains beyond.  New landscape plantings along with native grasses were chosen to minimize maintenance and a demand for water.


The existing and new exterior walls incorporated age-old indigenous materials.  The walls were finished in stucco with traditional detailing.  The wood roof framing of new rooms and outdoor "portals" (covered verandas) included "vigas" (large diameter hand hewn round logs that extend through the exterior walls and are exposed) and "latillas" (hand hewn smaller round logs).  The portals also softened the strong summer sun along the perimeter walls, giving pleasant shade to the outdoor living area within the courtyard.


To capture the same traditional style and design on the interior, CP&A worked with the Owners to achieve a rustic yet refined style with a blend of earthy, southwest colors, rough-textured plaster walls, flagstone flooring and warm wood accents.   The kitchen and informal dining space were designed for group food preparation, family activities and informal, communal meals.   The warm, inviting layout, furnishings and finish materials, along with the traditional kiva fireplace, all create a special place where family and friends linger and enjoy each other, as the Owners desired.