Kiva Style: Former Tipi Residents Build a Rammed-Earth Home

Working with earth, wood, glass and crystals, Tom and Flame Lutes have created a truly sacred space in the Colorado high country.

Tom liked the rough edges of the exposed adobe bricks. Flame craved the sleek, smooth feel of hand-troweled plaster. Their compromise? Most of the walls are plastered with satiny Struct-o-lite plaster tinted with earth pigments, but the bricks remain exposed in select areas of the hallway. This solution not only satisfies both husband and wife, but also adds a unique, sculptural element to otherwise plain-jane walls.
Photo By Laurie Dickson