Enchanted Homes: The Design Issue 2017

In our annual Design issue, you'll find profiles of landscaper Angelika Heikaus and woodworker David Mapes, as well as our feature of the rustic, modern mountain home of Ron and Sylvia Wood in Angel Fire. You can read the full issue at: http://www.taosnews.com/enchantedhomes.   

Stories from this issue

David Mapes

David Mapes: Capturing the spirit of wood   David Mapes has made a name for himself through his craftsmanship and commitment to art.   Most people are familiar with his gallery, …

Angelika Heikaus

Landscaper and horticulturist Angelika Heikaus’ gardening roots run deep. The German native studied horticulture in her country. Early in life, she became interested in growing her own garden …

Enchanted Homes: The Design Issue 2017

In our annual Design issue, you'll find profiles of landscaper Angelika Heikaus and woodworker David Mapes, as well as our feature of the rustic, modern mountain home of Ron and Sylvia Wood …

Rustic modernism in the mountains

The allure of this Angel Fire home comes from its innovative combination of modern and mountain styles. While the overall design recalls the sleek homes of the mid-20th century, there are rustic …

Enchanted Homes: The Design Issue

The beauty of spring is upon Taos. In our annual Design issue, we feature growing gardens and relationships, rustic modernism in the mountains, and capturing the spirit of wood, among other design …

How to Finance Going Green

How to Finance Going Green Green homes and alternative lifestyles take center stage for many people who live in Northern New Mexico. The sunlight offers outstanding opportunity to invest in solar …

Striving to go green in Taos

One would think that living in what 101.9 KTAO-FM calls “the solar capital of the world,” Taos would be quick to adapt to new technologies in the green construction arena, but …

Taos Ski Valley reaches new heights in sustainability

Taos Ski Valley is the first ski resort in the world to become a “Certified B Corporation.” The sustainability recognition attests to the company’s commitment to its community, …

Angelina Romero: Caring and respect in real estate

Angelina Romero helps people find the home they need to make agood life possible. She does so with care and respect, regardless ofthe size of the purchase or sale.Romero says, “One of the best …

Justin Simpson: The Quest for Autonomous Homes

Some people find their true calling later in life and after much soul searching. But Justin Simpson, owner of Natural Building and Design, became interested in sustainable practices at a very young …

There’s a Crack in Everything

Vigas, nichos, canales, parapets, plaster walls. These elements make Taos’ houses unique in the United States. Yet the soft and mottled appearance of plaster that provides so much atmosphere is …

Earthship architect Mike Reynolds

Tell us about your upbringing.I grew up in Kentucky. I was the middle kid of four. My father was a milkman, and my mother stayed at home to take care of us. I first went to college in southern …

Enchanted Homes: Sustainability Issue 2017

As the snow melts from our mountains to refresh our acequias, our spirits are renewed to the possibilities of the coming months. We welcome the new season with our 2017 Taos Home & Garden Expo on …

Picuris Earthship

For the first time, we're presenting a special preview article to read online –– about the inimitable Michael Reynolds. Look for the full story and more photos in the Enchanted Homes: Sustainability Issue in the March 23 issue of the Taos News.

Coldwell Banker Lota Realty

Brokers David and Judy Buck are the owners of Coldwell Banker Lota Realty, Inc. (204-A Paseo del Pueblo Norte). They came to Taos in the early 1970s from back East with their two young daughters. …

At home with Kellie Harris

When you buy a house, sometimes everything is in place and the way you want it. Just sign the papers and move in. Other times, you call the contractor and get to work. For Kellie Harris, it was …

Nine Questions for Christine and Viviana Vargas

1. How did Vargas Tile come to be established? Vargas Tile Company was founded by our parents, Roberts and Martha Vargas, in 1961. Our dad was a woodworker and opened up a cabinet shop at the …