Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Daily Fix

At least once a day I find myself daydreaming about my place in New Mexico. Hubby and I designed it, found financing for it (!!!) and had it built during this lovely recession and now it sits...and waits for us. (Sigh, big sigh) We spent six wonderful days there in July camping out, in our new house. The house doesn't have little things like furniture or dishes or towels. No problem, it was heaven anyway.

Some of you have asked for a tour...no need to wipe your feet cause we're just going around the outside today.

Here's our entry with my drop-dead-gorgeous front door...all 8 feet of it! I love the full leaded glass done in a Craftsman/Frank Lloyd Wright style with the typical "wheat" pattern at the top. No wheat on the ranch but it could pass for the blue grama grass we do have. The indentation in the wall is called a nicho and is named after the South American decorative boxes ("nichos") that hold religious icons. The nicho has a little light at the top of the dome and will probably house a funky folk art coyote or somethin'.

I think this is the prettiest side of the house, the back. It faces south/southwest so windows will bring low hung winter sun into the house during chilly months. The master bedroom is on the far left, living room in the middle and dining area on the far right. The view from any room is of the Gallinas Mountains and is to die for.

Did I mention we put some windows in the house? Tons and tons of them. They're Andersen Low-E windows so will serve us well for the next couple hundred years. They're casement on the bottom and tilt out on the top. Open wide during the day keeps the house comfortable in 90 plus heat. The tilt out portion brings in cool nighttime breezes.

On the far right is the garage and shop. This time around hubby wanted the shop IN the garage and I relented. But, there was a trade-off. "My" 1 ton truck gets a parking spot too and it'll be IN the garage.

The "ah-ha" moment came when we thought to add a fireplace to the outside of the house. The master bedroom, kitchen and dining area are all convenient to the fireplace. Hmmm...now where did I put the margarita glasses?

This is my view of the mountains from the bedroom, on the bed, laying on my right side when my eyes pop open in the morning. We'll thin the junipers some to open up the view after we move in but, anyway you look at it, it's a great way to start my morning!


the7msn Wednesday, September 02, 2009 3:38:00 PM  

As lovely as I remember it. But as I recall, last time I saw the nicho, there was something in it...I think you should update this post to add that picture so everyone can see how happy you are when you're home.

2Grandmas2 Wednesday, September 02, 2009 7:03:00 PM  

Very nice. I wondered if we would ever get to see it. You and Bruce are the most patient people I know. I wish I had a little bit of that.
It is also nice that your door is big enough to fit the critters through. One never knows when they might decide to pay a visit (ask me how I know)!

South Valley Girl Thursday, September 03, 2009 7:42:00 AM  

Resist the tempation to put a howling bandana-ed coyote in the nicho - you will identify yourself instantly as a new transplant. If you want to go TRUE New Mexican style, it should be a statue of Guadalupe or another of the NM saints, but I prefer the lady myself. Two votives at her feet will complete the picture and provide some light in the entryway without having to use electricity.

And welcome to New Mexico!

clairz Friday, June 18, 2010 1:06:00 PM  

This is so beautiful! How long have you had this house?

Sandy ~~~ Friday, June 18, 2010 1:16:00 PM  

Hi clairz....the house was finished in February 2009, lived in so far for about a week last July and again this summer for another week. Soon I hope it will be full time!

Aragon greyhounds Thursday, September 22, 2011 4:01:00 PM  

Lovely views. I wish I could just open up the doors and let my dogs run.

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