living Areas at
Pebble Beach Dr.
The organic living center of this home features
exposed post-and-beam construction, incorporating local peeled beams and corbels
from Taos. The wide plank oak floors throughout the main level harmonize with
the rustic pine and fir to lend a natural elegance to this open entertainment
area. Whether there is a small family or a large party here, the people, sounds,
aromas, sunlight and sight lines flow between the living room, kitchen and
The living room itself stretches along a glass-lined
southern exposure, open to the partially covered deck. It features a built-in
entertainment center with banco, clean gas Hogan fireplace, pass-through counter
to the kitchen, porticos for sculptures and an airy vaulted ceiling.
The over-sized dining room is ample for dinner
parties of a dozen, while also convenient to the kitchen for quick snacks. The
farmhouse style kitchen includes all modern appliances, lots of counter space
and room to move about. The kitchen floor is rugged Saltio tile from Mexico,
matching the floors in the bathrooms, laundry and pantry. Counter backsplashes
are in Mexican tile, repeating color and pattern themes throughout the house.
house was designed by its owners with famed Southwestern architect/builder Randy
Hartman. It was carefully planned for comfortable, low maintenance living in
harmony with the environment. The Pueblo adobe style flat-roof building is sited
low on a gentile hillside, secured with caissons to the bedrock. Passive solar
orientation and design features keep the interior warm in the winter and cool in
the summer. The central A/C is virtually never needed and the heating bills are
minimal. Plumbing is low water consumption and the native grasses require no
watering – a simple drip system aids the trees and some of the flowers.
Exterior walls are six inches thick and super-insulated. Thermal windows are
transparently coated to control sun rays, with functional and stylish overhangs.
The home is scaled for relaxed living. Rooms are arranged conveniently and there
is no wasted space. The house makes minimal demands on its inhabitants and
encourages peace, contemplation and relaxation. It is tuned to modern
lifestyles, while incorporating
traditional architectural features of the region.
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