This client wanted an adobe house with two bedrooms that would open to the river next door but keep out the highway noise and view. The portals complete the outdoor spaces. A wall protects the house from the driveway-entering through a gate or El Zaguan and another wall protects the house from the highway but still allowing views out to the country, including views of the Ortiz Mountains. The Village of Galisteo is close by. In this house cost was controlled by the most efficient use of space, eliminating all superfluous uses resulting in a beautiful house with natural plaster, brick floors, wood ceilings and beams with wood windows and doors accentuating the connections to the outside. Again the proportions – room width, height, and length – were paramount in this house.

Photographer: Wendy McEahern

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