After a successful master planning and phase 1 design process, this residence, set in a rural neighborhood in Santa Fe, is currently under construction.
The existing house was sited on a hilltop with 360 degree views, with doors out of every room. But the connection from inside the house to outside was disconnected by stairs that dropped off to the native landscape without an elegant transition. Surroundings developed a series of terraces that wrap the house and reconnect the inside with outside.
As a part of this terrace design, we designed conveyances and surfaces to deliberately carry stormwater run-off to specific areas on the property to benefit trees and plants. New canales feed stormwater down rain chains and into covered troughs that take the water to new trees, providing much needed shade on the western side of the residence.
Surroundings also designed a shade structure with retractable shades and an outdoor fireplace on a raised stabilized crusher fine terrace. A new loop drive and sculpture pad replace an undefined drive court currently. And a pool cabana was also designed and detailed, and will be part of phase 2 construction.