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369 Montezuma St., #160 Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 474-8686 firstname.lastname@example.org Amy Stone 369 Montezuma #160, Santa Fe NM 87501 (505) 474-8686
In the woods outside Santa Fe, Amy Stone creates a high-functioning, elegantly simple home with minimal impact on the environment.
Amy Stone and John Rutherford enjoy the morning sun at the Forest Studio house in the mountains outside Santa Fe. Perched like a butterfly ready to take flight, the Forest Studio home of Amy Stone and John Rutherford leaves a light imprint on the ancient oaks, ponderosa pines, and granite outcroppings sharing space in the Santa Fe National Forest. Stone and Rutherford opted instead for concrete and steel, blending these most basic of building blocks into a graceful combination of Southwestern and Japanese architectural design elements. is the question posed by Amy, who has a graduate degree in architecture from the University of Colorado and is a general contractor. She wanted to design homes with ties to the local culture and environment. Five years ago, Amy and John, a builder from New Zealand, formed their own design and build company known as Verde Design Group. A little-traveled but public dirt road bisects the five-acre property that Amy discovered for sale two years ago while driving the back byways near the village of CaÃ±ada de los Alamos. Eager to get settled on the land, Amy and John picked a building site near the road, one that offered easy access to electricity and a community water system. "The home was built on-site although certain elements were engineered off-site and brought in to come together at different stages of construction," Amy explains. Amy adheres to a "kit-of-parts" approach to home building, an idea with applications as broad as the landscapes in which her homes take root and the clients who will live in them. For Amy and John, the "kit-of-parts" philosophy means the design adapts to sustainable off-the-shelf materials readily available in the area, rather than requiring the materials to conform to the design. The design is based on the dimensions of the building products, which dramatically reduces labor cost as well as material waste, Amy explains. Affordable and functional design can go hand in hand, according to Amy, who holds green building at the heart of her design work. The home's basic building blocks are insulated concrete forms (ICFs) assembled almost like a giant Lego set and then core-filled with rebar and concrete. The fire-resistant ICF system not only adds to the home's mass and insulation valuesâ€"the 12-inch-thick walls are rated at R-50â€"but also provides peace of mind to the owners of this home that sits in a mountain forest at risk for wildfires. So enamored are Amy and John of building with the insulated concrete forms, they've become the authorized New Mexico distributors for the Nudura product line. Among the elements in Amy and John's home are windows, bathroom slate tiles, a space-saving combo washer and dryer, easy-to-assemble closet and cabinet units from Ikea, concrete floors and countertops, and a radiant heating system. "I've been surprised at how comfortable a small house can be," Amy says. Even on the warmest summer days, the indoor temperature has yet to exceed 76 degrees, according to Amy. By its size, passive solar orientation, and water-conserving systems, this home makes a green statement. Amy and John have taken the next step to include Energy Star appliances, low-E windows, dual-flush toilets, a 10-gallon combo washer/dryer, and a combo water heater/radiant floor heater. Architect & builder: Amy E. Stone, AIA, principal; Paul Fretz, architect intern; James McWhorter, AIA; John Rutherford, production manager; Verde Design Group LLC, 474-8686, email@example.com, verdedesigngroup.com. Interior designer: Amy E. Stone, principal, Verde Design Group LLC, 474-8686, firstname.lastname@example.org, verdedesigngroup.com. Appliances: Viking dishwasher, vikingrange.com, from Baillio's Electronics & Appliances, 438-3039, baillios.com; KitchenAid refrigerator, kitchenaid.com, and Amana oven, amana.com, from Sears, sears.com. Armoire: LIVING ROOM Jackalope, 471-8539, jackalope.com.
In the woods outside Santa Fe, architect Amy Stone creates a high-functioning, elegantly simple home with minimal impact on the environment.
Verde Design Group's Forest Studio impressed the jury with its site-specific design and its resource conservation approach to building. (Read more about this home at SuCasaMagazine.com.) Rather than cut and clear the site, designer Amy Stone placed the home's footprint between two existing arroyos that provide natural drainage.
In the woods outside Santa Fe, architect Amy Stone creates a high-functioning, elegantly simple home with minimal impact on the environment. read more