3 new homes and 1 renovation
Set in the historic Guadalupe District, this 4 home compound encompasses 3 new residences and 1 extensively remodeled historic home. Designed by Laura Van Amburgh, AIA, the homes range in size from 850 sq ft to 1150 sq ft. The three new homes have rainwater catchment systems for exterior landscaping.
Amazing City Views
Built as my personal residence, this home designed by Laura Van Amburgh features floor to ceiling south and east facing glass, affording phenomenal views of the City of Santa Fe NM. This residence includes a rainwater catchment system, passive solar design, recycled glass countertops and custom tinted plaster throughout.. with walled private garden spaces, this home is a modern oasis walking distance to downtown Santa Fe.
Rural feeling compound west of the RailYard District
Tucked behind a popular city park, right on the historic Acequia Trail is a small 4 unit compound consisting of modern sustainably built green homes. The historic 400 year old Acequia Madre runs thru it, and the backyard chicken coop adds to the rural ambience...
2 homes were built in 2007 and were the first in Santa Fe to achieve Build Green New Mexico Silver Status. All homes are under 1300 sq ft., with low energy use, low water use and clean modern space efficient design as their governing principals. Designed by Laura Van Amburgh, AIA.
The collaborative process
Working closely with the young couple who commissioned this 3 bedroom 2 bath home, I set out design a home to fulfill their desire to have a "right"sized (2000sq ft) water and energy efficient home that reflected their modern design tastes, and that could grow with them. This home, built in 2014, achieved Build Green New Mexico Gold Status, and won 2 2014 Santa Fe Parade of Homes awards. This project achieved a HERS score of 52, and has an ACH rate of .92-close to Passive House Status (.60) This home includes Santa Fe's first "purple pipe" rainwater collection system, that filters and reuses rainwater to supply toilets and the washing machine. Furthermore, greywater is collected from sinks, showers and the washing machine for reuse.
Soon after completion they welcomed their new baby boy into their new home. It was quite a year for them!
Back To Santa Fe
This 2100 sq ft home, completed May 2015, is the dream home of a retired couple who started coming to Santa Fe in the early 1970's even owning a rental unit here for a time. Their 20 yr old son, likes to come home to visit from college, so the program for this project was 2 master suites with each suite accessing private courtyard spaces. The house is designed around universal design concepts with 3' wide doors on the main level to all living. sleeping and bath areas, and a ramped entry hallway from the entry portal. I designed this house to be extremely energy efficient, with a HERS rating of 55, and included a "purple pipe" rainwater catchment system which collects rainwater, filters it, and then supplies it to toilets and the washing machine, greatly reducing the amount of potable drinking water needed for non potable uses. As with the Calle San Martin Project, this house also includes a greywater collection system which is utlitized in both the courtyard planting areas and at the front of the residence.
A Flexible Space
This Residence continues my personal design philosophy of creating spaces that meet the specific needs of my clients. The home has a unique feature- its "yoga space", to enable the client to continue their long term yoga practice in a space specifically designed for that. The home is based around an upstairs Master Suite, complete with a sunset deck that affords privacy, along with a sweeping view of the surrounding terrain. Downstairs features a large kitchen with plenty of prep space.
Once again, the building itself is a high efficiency structure with both a rainwater and greywater reclamation system. The design includes a 2.6KWH PV system. Currently, as speccd., the home achieves a HERS Score of 33. In a "first in the nation" , this home features a WERS rating- WERS stands for "water efficiency rating system" which is a metric that aims to do for water, what a HERS rating has done for energy- specifically a performance based water scoring system to measure both indoor and out door water use. Per our design guidelines of stressing value oriented green homes that perform exceptionally well- this home has achieved a combined WERS score of 17. All needed exterior landscaping water is being provided by the reclaimed water systems, and by using WATER SENSE fixtures and appliances on the interior, we have lowered potable water used by 2/3s over a code baseline. This program was born in Santa Fe, and is currently in the process of being rolled out nationwide. I am proud to say that I am a founding member of the team that came up with this program!
The house design itself is loosely based on a a Mid Century Modern aesthetic, reflecting an existing group of homes that were built nearby in the mid sixties.
Remember when you were a kid and watching Gunsmoke, or High Chaparral or any number of other westerns and wondering what it would be like to live in the 'real west" Well, my client for this project made that dream a reality. 140 acres 7 miles off the highway- and his neighbor to the south is a 24,000 acre ranch. Artifacts dating from the 1850's can be found when walking around the land. It's truly a magical place. Santa Fe Ranch House Style, it features clay tile portal roofs, carved beams, vigas, a 11 ft tall Living Room ceiling, and a Kiva Fireplace, along with a large kitchen perfect for entertaining. Furthermore is a writing studio space- which features expansive east facing glass with views of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, something he draws inspiration from for his writing. The breakfast nook off the kitchen features the same views. Both east and west sides have covered patios- one for the morning, and one for evening sunsets. Both bedrooms and office have plenty of south facing glass for passive solar gain. The house itself is built using the PGH building science model. PGH stands for "pretty good house" and its basic concept is 90% of the goodness of a Passive House, for considerably less $$$ than a Passive House. think "10, 20, 40, 60". R10 insulation under the slab. R20 on the stem walls. R40 in the walls, and R60 in the ceilings. A blower door test of less than 2 ACH. (two of my previous projects came in at .92 and 1.33) Also featured is a 4.5kw Solar Array, greywater system, passive rain garden landscape design, ERV system, and heating and cooling provided by a Mini Split system. Breaking ground this fall, we will update with photos as we proceed. The house is designed to meet Build Green New Mexico "Gold" status to be eligible for the New Mexico Sustainable Building Tax Credit.
Plaster Stucco and Drywall
Just a few samples of what we do. Everything from Custom Exterior and Interior Plaster and stucco, to large scale Commercial Steel Framing, ACT and Drywall work. Take a look at the Plaster Work Photo Gallery for a more comprehensive overview of what we can do for you.