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    Default A Santa Fe House Built to the Greenest Standard

    Architect Tim Blonkvist integrated the environmentally sensitive house he built for a Santa Fe couple right into the hillside site. Murase Associates designed the granite hardscape, including sculptural water features, and Design Workshop installed drought-tolerant plantings.










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    I like the idea of it, but the stupid southwestern native decor has to go. Stop being a cliche.
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    It fits perfectly with the landscape and I like the use of stone/wood but yes, it's too predictable. The views are spectacular. I really hate that woodblock floor in the 'library'.
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    Beautiful, especially the views. It has native decor because that is the feel of the location. Totally out of place in -say- Canada, but actually authentic for here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    I like the idea of it, but the stupid southwestern native decor has to go. Stop being a cliche.
    Ditto. I am not a fan of the Southwestern decor but the pool in back looks lovely.
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    Specific decor and minor details aside, I think this house is beautiful inside and out.

    I love the landscaping/native plants/xeriscaping. The only thing I would change is get rid of the little midwestern like plot of grass in the back. Why have it-just go all the way and get rid of that too.


    If you are going to go the xeriscaping/native/get rid of lawns in the desert/ thing, this is the right way to do it!

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    god, i fucking love Santa Fe ugh! (to visit)

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    My only problem is that they don't seem to explain how it is built to the "greenest standard". Are there solar panels for electricity? (would be ideal for that area) A turbine windmill for electricity?

    Are they using geothermal ducts for cooling and heating the house during daytime/nightime?

    Is the house made of recycled building materials?

    Are they collecting rainwater to provide water for the house?

    Where is the sewage going?

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    i love the house except for the decor and the different floors in every room.

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    I adore the entire house and would love to live in something like that. Just gorgeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    My only problem is that they don't seem to explain how it is built to the "greenest standard". Are there solar panels for electricity? (would be ideal for that area) A turbine windmill for electricity?

    Are they using geothermal ducts for cooling and heating the house during daytime/nightime?

    Is the house made of recycled building materials?

    Are they collecting rainwater to provide water for the house?

    Where is the sewage going?
    And who picks up the garbage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    And who picks up the garbage?
    Good question. I just went to the Architectural Digest site to get more details. The only thing green about this place is the parquet floor that was made from building scraps. That's it. Good Lord....

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