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Spreading Sunshine: A Solar-Powered Home in New Mexico

This gorgeous New Mexico home adds more than just elegance to its neighborhood--it also supplies renewable solar power to the neighbors.

Xeriscaping--native, low-water landscaping--replaces a water-guzzling grass yard outside the master bedroom. The water-conserving native plants are low-maintenance and beautiful.
Daniel Nadelbach
An adobe staircase winds to the rooftop where Richard, Betsy and their daughter often take in the sunset and 360-degree views of the mountains.
Daniel Nadelbach
Fireslate counters made from concrete with recycled content; cabinets built from local, sustainably harvested pine; and sustainable cherry wood floors lend a warm, rustic feel to the kitchen.
Daniel Nadelbach
Native wildflowers adorn a simple fence that keeps the dogs inside the yard and the rabbits and deer outside the family's garden.
Daniel Nadelbach
This home's grid-tied solar energy system allows the homeowner's neighbors to use their electric surplus.
Daniel Nadelbach
Vigas throughout the house were crafted from logs obtained from local wood from a fire-damaged area in the nearby Jamez Mountains.
Daniel Nadelbach
Log rafters, or vigas, extending from the inside are capped in copper to prevent rotting.
Daniel Nadelbach
The 2,500-gallon exercise pool requires a change of water only once every two years. "It's low-maintenance and low in water consumption," Richard says.
Daniel Nadelbach
The living room fireplace and banco, both made from adobe and natural gypsum plaster, get plenty of use during the holidays when family and friends gather.
Daniel Nadelbach
Richard and Betsy found an antique cabinet door and mirror at a local shop and used them to add rustic character to the guest bathroom. The vanity countertop is stone; the sink, hammered copper.
Daniel Nadelbach
A portal on the back side of the house is a naturally cool place to relax during the warm months. As in the rest of the house, the wood is from sustainable sources.
Daniel Nadelbach
Vigas and el latillas, or peeled sticks, fram a skylight in the hallway of the house.
Daniel Nadelbach
A locally crafted faux-antique door opens to reveal a window looking inside.
Daniel Nadelbach

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