Built along a ridgeline, the house has views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains on one side and Jemez Mountains on the other. Sliding glass floor-to-ceiling walls mean the scenery outside serves as art inside.
Glass-faced cabinetry along with the dining room's huge sliding doors allow light to flow through the house into spaces that might otherwise have been blocked.
Light and color soften this Santa Fe kitchen's modern design. Another goal: keeping the views accessible from nearly everywhere.
Peninsular cabinetry and a large opening between the kitchen and dining room ensure the rooms feel connected and lets the cook interact with guests and family at all times. Contrasting wood floors soften the modernity of bamboo cabinetry and light countertops, while the dining room's contemporary chandelier and eye-catching chairs in custom colors enhance the distinctive style.
Imagine the kids seated at the half-moon island, doing homework under the clear Santa Fe sun streaming in. Designed by Jon Dick of Archaeo Architects, light enters this space in unexpected ways: from floor-to-ceiling French doors opening to the patio, from the dining room through open spaces to the kitchen, from the 5x5 window over the kitchen sink, and even from above, where a circular clear skylight allows the sun, moon, and clouds to pass overhead. The environmentally safe bamboo cabinets and cherry wood floors soften what could have been a too-modern space. Designed for family living, traffic flows easily around the island to each of the prep areas, which the homeowner says makes cooking with the kids nearby not only possible but also a pleasure. “There are no hard edges to bump into,” she adds, saying that although small dinner parties are the norm for this family of five, the kitchen holds up for larger groups, as well. Even with 20 house guests who stayed through the Christmas week (the double ovens came in very handy), the kitchen excelled in its first true test, proving itself functional and easy to use.