A splen­did, quite small, re­model

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A SMALL, DE­CREPIT BUILD­ING THAT­WAS A GARAGE ONCE UPON A TIME — IN ITS BET­TER DAYS — HAS BEEN RE­BORN. It’s now what de­signer Claire Lange calls “a sweet, tiny habi­ta­tion.” The new unit at 118-B Moore Street is the new­est part of a mod­est com­pound of units owned by Diane and Charles Good­man (Kokopelli Prop­erty Man­age­ment).

“I had three lots and we did a con­sol­i­da­tion to come up with two 7,500-square-foot lots,” Charles Good­man said. “We had 120 and built 118-A, then at one point the ten­ant of the lit­tle guest house called and we went in to in­stall a newwa­ter heater, but there was black mold and it was a dis­as­ter. We had to let the ten­ant go and we started the process of re­mod­el­ing. Once we got into it for re­model, we could see it had once been a garage.”

The Good­mans hired Lange, a Real­tor and home de­signer who has done per­haps three dozen projects, both re­mod­els and new homes, in her 30 years in Santa Fe. Among them are sev­eral houses on Ace­quia Madre Street and a sweet, 1,000-square-foot adobe at 466 Camino Don Miguel. That one was on the Pa­rade of Homes last sum­mer. Lange worked with con­trac­tor was Tom Treece, Ar­pad Builders LLC. And the Santa Fe Area Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion es­tab­lished a new prize just for that project: the Phoenix Award for Ex­cep­tional His­toric Ren­o­va­tion.

When the Moore Street re­model com­menced, 118-B was a dark, cramped space, just 26 feet long and a lit­tle less than 11 feet wide. “When I came in, there were joists go­ing across and you couldn’t see the pitched roof,” Lange said dur­ing a visit to the unit in mid-Jan­uary. “Those cross pieces have been cut off; the new ceil­ing will be fin­ished at the rafters, with thick in­su­la­tion. The block walls had a half-inch of in­su­la­tion un­der the sheetrock. Now there are four inches of in­su­la­tion on the out­side and the inside will have a lovely hard-trow­eled plas­ter fin­ish. The floor was springy, so it was just the wood joists on dirt. Now we’ll have ra­di­ant coils un­der a new brick floor.”

On the next visit, on March 21, 118-B had be­come a house. The new peaked ceil­ing re­ally opens things up. At one end is the lit­tle kitchen and bath­room, both nicely ap­pointed. The kitchen even has aWolf range— a 2-burner gas range. There are new win­dows and doors, cab­i­nets, lights, and stucco. Out­side the en­try door, what was a car­port-like cov­ered dirt “yard” is nowopened up and clean. Next to the door is a stylish sconce from Form+ Func­tion. Still to come are a pri­vacy wall and a gate.

Lange was the de­signer and over­saw the re­model project. She worked with struc­tural en­gi­neer Jim Hands and con­trac­tor Tommy Tapia. There is all new wiring by elec­tri­cian Daniel Brans­ford. Plumber José Castillo put in the ra­di­ant heat and on-de­mand hot wa­ter. Dahl Plumb­ing’s Joyce Gar­cia pro­vided sinks and faucets. Wil­liamsWin­dow & Door did the pa­tio door and win­dow. Luella Tru­jillo from Ab­so­lute Floor­ing & In­te­ri­ors helped Diane Good­man and Lange pick out the kitchen and bath­room tile.

“It’s been an ex­pen­sive project, but we’re get­ting close,” Charles Good­man said in late March. “It’s less than 300 square feet and we’re ad­ver­tis­ing it for $900. Once we’ve built the yard wall and the flag­stone pa­tio, it will be phe­nom­e­nal.”

Claire Lange at 118-B Moore Street

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