Six times at top for Tierra Con­cepts

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ierra Con­cepts won its sixth “Grand Ha­cienda” award for one of its entries in the 2017 Ha­cien­das — A Pa­rade ofHomes tour. The three-bed­room house at 8 Pi­ca­cho Peak Drive to­tals more than 4,700 heated square feet. There’s lots of big glass, including in a huge pocket-wall that opens to the por­tal. “The floor con­tin­ues out, but the floor­ing is dif­fer­ent in this house, mainly be­cause we have that in­cred­i­ble lime­stone from Jerusalem on the in­side,” said Keith Gorges, owner of Tierra Con­cepts with brothers Kurt and Eric Faust. “We had por­phyry on the out­side, a more OldWorld look that con­trasts with the more re­fined look on the in­side,” Eric Faust said.

The large kitchen and liv­ing-room ar­eas are sep­a­rated by a ceil­ing-height stone-ve­neered mono­lith, about 30 inches thick and 15 feet wide, that holds a long, hor­i­zon­tal slot fire­place. The builders think of the home’s ar­chi­tec­tural style as “con­tex­tual mod­ern.” There are ma­te­ri­als, including three-coat plas­ter walls and wood beams, that are part of the re­gional ver­nac­u­lar, but they are pre­sented in a mod­ern con­text. “We still do very tra­di­tional homes and we do much more mod­ern homes than this Grand Ha­cienda win­ner,” Gorges said. “The thing we all share is an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what is done re­ally well and is re­ally in­ter­est­ing, and some con­text that re­lates to North­ern New Mex­ico.”

An­other touch is the guest suite that has a fire­place, a sit­ting area, and a sep­a­rate wa­ter closet in the bath­room, “things that re­ally up the scale of what you’re pre­sent­ing to your guests,” Faust said.

“Some­thing we try to do in all our homes is some­thing new, some­thing we haven’t tried be­fore,” Gorges said. “In this one, we have the con­trast of the­ma­te­ri­als with a lot of tex­ture and very shiny sur­faces, like the stone wall and the lac­quered wood cab­i­nets by Ernest Thomp­son in the kitchen.” Faust added that they are “very in­ter­ested in what is the fu­ture of Santa Fe Style. It was cre­ated more than a hun­dred years ago, but it is slowly mor­ph­ing into some­thing dif­fer­ent. We are con­stantly think­ing about what is the right way for it to go, including spec houses like this wherewe get to be a lit­tle more cre­ative in­stead of what the client wants.” Best Crafts­man­ship The com­pe­ti­tion el­e­ment of the an­nual Pa­rade of Homes awards par­tic­i­pat­ing builders in seven cat­e­gories in each of four price classes. Home mag­a­zine fo­cuses on the awards for best crafts­man­ship, which are the most prized. Light­foot Inc. won that prize for the $438,000-$650,000 class, for a re­mod­eled house lo­cated at 1208 ½ Canyon Road. The res­i­dence, which boasts a pa­tio view of Cristo Rey Church, also won a special award “for ex­cep­tional in­te­gra­tion of old and new in a his­toric re­model.”

On the fi­nal Sunday of the tour, Light­foot prin­ci­pal Scott Cherry said vis­i­tor traf­fic had been slow the day be­fore— In­dian Mar­ket Satur­day— but on each of the other week­end days he wel­comed per­haps 150 tour­go­ers. “This was es­sen­tially a gut re­model, ex­cept for all the ex­te­rior and in­te­rior adobe walls,” he said. “We re­con­fig­ured some in­te­rior walls and we did all new heat­ing, plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal, stucco, cab­i­nets, a new roof, and room by room we ei­ther re-


The liv­ing room of the Tierra Con­cepts house at 8 Pi­ca­cho Peak Drive, win­ner of the 2017 Grand Ha­cienda award

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