San Antonio StreetSanta Fe, New Mexico

This renovation transformed a historic 1920s Santa Fe bungalow from a small, dark, eight room, 1,200 square foot house with a 385 square foot rear apartment into a sophisticated, well-lit residence with an adjoining guest house. The design adheres to the stringent requirements of the Santa Fe Historic Review Board by renovating the exterior to maintain its original facade. Removing most interior walls revealed that the main house was built to classic proportions and the principle of the Golden Mean. The renovation maximizes the pleasing ratio in the public spaces and capitalizes on every opportunity to connect to and borrow from the surrounding gardens to make the small space seem more expansive. A vaulted ceiling replaces the original flat ceiling, and a fresh, modern aesthetic complements the client’s mid-20th century furniture.

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“Sometimes when I think about how small this house is and how well it works, I’m shocked.” – Client

“The openness and simplicity of the design seem to add volume to the rooms” – Madeline McDermott Hamm, Houston Chronicle

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RECOGNITION:

The Santa Fe House, by Margaret Moore, Booker Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2009

Bob Vila’s Restore America, 1 August 1999, Home and Garden Television (HGTV)

Renovation Style Magazine, Winter 1998, “Sibling Style,” by Helen Thompson, Cover Story [Full PDF text]