Southwestern Homes & Living

 

living the dream

Bob and Pat visualized and planned their dream home for years before their vision became a reality, making a list for each house they lived in and jotting down what they felt it lacked as well as what they liked—mental notes for the building of their future forever home. Among their desires were a spacious kitchen and a sprawling layout, but the first must-have on their checklist involved a one-of-a-kind backyard with stunning views of both the Franklin Mountains and the valley below it.
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la bella vita

la bella vita

Native to Las Cruces, Jeramey Pummill grew up in the construction industry, learning from his father before starting his own electrical contracting business, JP Electric. After Pummill successfully built his family a couple of custom homes, however, his wife Dominique decided to trade in a career as a registered nurse for the custom home building trade. Their company, Luxe Homes and Interiors, launched in May 2014 and built six residences in Las Cruces this past year.
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natural order

East Coast transplants Heather and Bruce passed over coveted lots in their south Las Cruces neighborhood with views of the Organ Mountains, opting for the privacy of a plot tucked among the sand and brush of the desert hills. Without the mountains to distract, this family sees only the quiet beauty of the untamed landscape through the windows in the back of their home. That appreciation of natural simplicity echoes throughout the home that Heather, the university architect at New Mexico State University, designed and built with GL Green & Associates.
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enchanted in New Mexico

enchanted in
New Mexico

When Vito and Marilyn Taleon relocated with their two daughters from Washington, D.C., to Las Cruces, they were prepared for a change in lifestyle, but didn’t realize just how much they would come to love the Southwest. Cautious at first, they avoided finding a permanent home, but after touring the Pueblo-style abodes Wayne and Kiki Suggs had designed at Classic New Mexico Homes, the Taleons decided to fully embrace Southwestern style.
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custom fit

Sitting together in their new living room, Wayne and Kiki Suggs can’t help but smile as they describe the process of designing and building their sprawling Pueblo-style home in Las Cruces. With over 30 years of marriage behind them, and nearly as much experience building Southwestern houses for their company, Classic New Mexico Homes, the Suggses are an ideal husband-and-wife team. Kiki is an artist with a knack for integrating vintage and reclaimed finds into a home design; Wayne is a master craftsman with the skills to make a new home feel centuries old.
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user friendly

user-friendly

Mike Meyers spent hours, days, years even, trekking his then-vacant land high in the foothills of the Franklin Mountains. During his walks, Meyers contemplated and visualized architectural and design elements and allowed the ideas for his planned new home to percolate. The result of those labors can best be described as a fusion of Spanish Colonial, Tuscan, and Alpine retreat in a 3,537-square-foot residence perched like a medieval castle on the Franklin slopes.
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humming with life

For Janiece Ward, an elementary school teacher in El Paso's upper valley, her house has always been much more than a place to live. Every wall, every corner, every piece of art in her adobe home is a reflection of Janiece's personality, especially her love of the outdoors.
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design with purpose

design with purpose

Edward McCormick knew early on in life what his future held. “In school, I had a strong interest in drawing, painting, and all the arts, and I knew at age nine that I wanted to be an architect,” he recounts. Never wavering from his course, McCormick opened his own architectural firm in El Paso in 1982. Today, McCormick is putting the final touches on his personal residence, a project he says is a union of the more than 300 homes and 2,000 commercial buildings he has designed over the past 37 years.
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