Angel Fire, NM


A house focusing on the view

This was a retirement home for a couple relocating from Oklahoma to the mountains of New Mexico. The house was a three-bedroom, two-bath energy-efficient structure with an eye to smaller bedrooms to encourage interaction in the communal spaces. The structure was a traditional wood frame house building on an insulated concrete form foundation. The house was heated with a single wood-burning stove, so care was taken to orient the house to allow sunlight in during winter to capture heat. Attention was also paid to the front door and garage access to avoid issues with snow and pileup. It was designed to capture views down the valley and ski slopes.

Key Features

  • Passive heating via correct solar orientation of the house
  • Limited windows on the north side to maximize insulation in walls
  • Designed and detailed for tight construction to limit air infiltration