Van H. Gilbert Architect PC

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Nestled in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, this dramatic home is oriented to capture panoramic views of the City, the Rio Grande River Valley, and the high desert landscape from the various balconies, porches, and decks that extend on all sides of the home. Set within the confines of mountain boulders, house and pool are bounded by the natural landscape of rocks, trees, and a small meandering arroyo. The entry stairway connects three levels of living space. As one ascends the stairs to the second level public space, the views of the mountains are overwhelming. A vaulted ceiling adds drama to the space. Large windows flood the living space with light and create a sense of outdoors and indoors being one. An exterior deck off the kitchen extends the living space further into the landscape with a focus on the distant views. The third-level master bedroom and en suite bath is a secluded retreat. The first level children /guest rooms and exercise room open onto the pool and another patio area. With its orientation to the views east and west, the home provides the owners with an opportunity to enjoy the panorama of the desert and the mountains throughout the year.