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For the Birds: A Healthy Home in New Mexico

While creating a healthy home for her beloved parrots, a New Mexico eco-developer gets an education in green living.



Bonnie’s home consists of three structures: The main house is 2,325 square feet and includes two bedrooms and two baths. A 460-square-foot guest house and a detached garage are both connected to the main house via a timberframed breezeway, which also defines an entry courtyard and aviary.
Photos by Daniel Nadelbach
A timber-frame breezeway joins the house, office and garage structures.
The bathroom is a serene oasis with mountain views. Oceanside Glasstile recycled glass tiles surround the sink and bathtub. The Elite Bath sink came from nearby Santa Fe Hardware.
Local cabinetmakers Wood Design created Bonnie's built-in cherrywood entertainment center.
Bonnie, Echo and architect Paul Baker-Laporte.
Pewter backsplash tiles create a sleek kitchen. Along the top shelf, Bonnie displays her collection of baskets woven by Wounaan women in the Panamanian rainforest.
Straw bale homes typically feature a “truth window,” which provides a peek into the walls. Bonnie’s was made by local artist Diane Moreno.
Photo by Kim Kurian
Made cozy by the Tulikivi stove, the dining room features built-in benches made of formaldehyde-free boxes with a low-VOC finish.
Photo by Kim Kurian
Bonnie’s home consists of three structures: The main house is 2,325 square feet and includes two bedrooms and two baths. A 460-square-foot guest house and a detached garage are both connected to the main house via a timberframed breezeway, which also defines an entry courtyard and aviary.
Local artist Thomas Kyland carved these wooden street signs topped with metal bird silhouettes.
Photo by Paula Baker-Laporte





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