Hill Country

This house consists of 2400 heated square feet on a beautiful 10 acre site. With two bedrooms and two bath, the entire project began and ended with one single visit from the homeowner all the way from Chicago, Illinois. All communications and exchanges of ideas were made via mail, telephone, and emails.

This house was built for a horse veterinarian that specifically requested a new quality built home that appeared barnlike throughout the interior. She completely disassembled an existing barn located in Wisconsin and transported the barn boards to her construction site here in New Mexico. We refurbished the wood, making sure to preserve the unique qualities of the recycled wood and maintaining the original effects, like embedded nails, and installed it throughout the interior of the house as a wainscot along the walls. Red oak hardwoods, wood ceilings, and a double sided rock fireplace also contributed to the rustic barn style that the she was looking for. In contrast to the rural barn appearance, we provided a variable speed furnace and air conditioning to accommodate her comfort.

Sponge faux painting was applied throughout the house with colors chosen by the client, providing a tranquil feeling throughout the house. Wood casement windows were upgraded as well, adding to the uniqueness and class of the house. The windows were then stained and lacquered with the same stained finish as the solid core pine interior doors and vaulted wood ceilings to maintain the same color scheme and rustic quality. A custom library built out of wide barn boards was designed next to the master bedroom for ease of access to references and leisure reading. Adjacent to the living room and on the other side of the two sided gas fireplace was a spacious office room that had double casement wood windows on two walls, providing natural light, and a flat screen TV on a third wall for easy viewing.

Custom dog doors, a spacious laundry and mudroom, and a large indoor storage room was also built to accommodate and simplify her lifestyle. Two covered Redwood decks were also installed, providing sheltered viewing of our breathtaking landscape, sun rises and settings, and for keeping vigil over her horses. The exterior part of the house consisted of Hardiplank siding and metal roofing which allowed her very low maintenance. Once this house was completed, the homeowner arrived with her dogs and her horses and settled in very quickly to the rural lifestyle and rustic home that was built according to her dream all the way from across the country.

By The Numbers

  • 2400 sq. feet on 10 acres
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths
  • 2 covered decks, mudroom with laundry, custom dog doors
  • Library, home office
  • Alto, NM