A Breath of Fresh Air: Natural Materials Help Create a New Mexico Home

A husband-wife designer-builder team relies on natural materials and a tradition of craftsmanship to create their healthy New Mexico home.

The south-facing “sun bump” provides as much as 60 percent of the home’s heat. It protrudes to within eighteen inches of the roof overhang and provides winter sun while it blocks unwanted summer sun. The rustic flagstone floors act as a good heat sink to store solar heat—and Paula doesn’t have to worry about spilling water on them when caring for the plants.
Photo By Laurie Dickson