• Enchanted Homes – sustainability issue 2018

Stories from this issue

Sustainability: thy name is Taos

Or its nickname, anyway. The way I see it, this isolated part of northern New Mexico has always been a pioneer on the cutting edge of sustainability even if it didn’t know it.

Solar – explained

Enchanted Homes posed the question, “So, you wanna go solar?” to two solar energy companies in Taos County and came away with a primer on the who-what-where-when and how of delivering energy from the sun into your home. Here’s what Charlie McGarity of PPC Solar and Mark Jackson of Sol Luna had to say about how homeowners can get into solar energy.

Realtor Profile: Amanda Tafoya

Working with Realtor Amanda Tafoya is like having the home field advantage. She was born and raised in Taos and her kids have grown up here, too. She is familiar with the unique aspects of Taos.

Nick & Oliver Collignon of Collignon Roofing

Collignon Roofing has been around since 1975. How did it come to be established?

A life experience

An earthship is a passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials. Many of these sustainable homes dot the Taos area.

Planning your home

It wasn’t that many years ago that folks here didn’t give a thought to home planning.

Home planner 2018

Making improvements to your home can add comfort and satisfaction to your life. “If you plan to live in your home for another five or ten years, then it is worth it to make major …

Petree Nursery: making Taos more beautiful for 30 years

A feeling of possibility pervades the greenhouses at Petree Nursery. While it is cold outside, the greenhouses are warm and humid. In the front greenhouse, where the garden supplies are found, …

9 questions with Jim Pollard

I am a design engineer by background. When I first came to Taos I worked in real estate and started Taos Properties. I wanted to be a builder and did …

Realtor profile: Jade Anaya

While growing up in Taos, Jade Anaya lived in all parts of Taos.

A haven for explorers

A beautiful, welcoming home brings out the best in people. One such home is available in the Weimer area of Taos.

Roadrunner Sleigh Rides

Clearly, one of the most recognizable sounds of Christmas are the “jingle bells” on the harness of a horse-drawn sleigh.

Beginners get a boost at Taos Ski Valley

At Taos Ski Valley, beginner skiers (and now snowboarders) have learned the ropes on the two hills...

9 questions with Francis Córdova of Taos Feeds Taos

Your family has deep roots in Taos. How long has your family been here? I trace my family back to 1660 and Antonio de Córdova on my father’s side...

At home in Red River

Red River is a picturesque mountain valley. Located at 8,671 feet above sea level, the town is home to an eponymous river and ski area...

Realtor Profile: Pavel Lukes, Dreamcatcher Real Estate Co.

Fate reaches down and taps us all on the shoulder at one time or another during our lives. It gives us a hint, shows us the way, offers options for change.   For Taos real estate broker …

Enchanted Homes available in this week's issue

This month’s Homes theme is “Home for the Holidays." Inside we preview the huge improvements at TSV. The beginners hill gets a boost with a radical facelift, plus new European-style …

Tiny living: a necessity for some

Small homes are becoming a rage in many parts of our country – some of it out of economic necessity, some of it due to life choices.

SpiriTaos: In harmony with Mother Nature

The entry courtyard soothes the senses with a trickling channel of water surrounded by blooming flowers in a myriad of colors. The flowing water comes from captured rainwater. There is a sense of harmony and peace here. The courtyard leads to gardens, greenhouses and a small, extremely energy-efficient and beautiful home.

Jaysen Clark of Tradesmen Builders

When did you get into construction? I’m from Seattle and, in the early 1990s, I worked as a laborer, roofer and flooring installer.

Alhambra de Taos: Unity of design

A mosaic of color and texture floods the senses as you enter Alhambra de Taos. Rugs, antique tables, cabinets and mirrors in rich reds and golds fill the store, which is located just south of Taos …

Realtor profile: Kristine Wood, associate broker in Taos

Since the early boom days of the ‘70s, Taos always had its fair share of agents for real estate. Each one had their first day on the job, their first listing and their first closing – and …

Smaller and super comfortable homes

Architect Joaquin Karcher is the owner of Zero E Design (http://zeroedesign.com/). He specializes in the design and build of  “net zero energy” homes. The total amount of energy used …

Collaborating to create home

Walking into the home of Angie and Steve Spady, you are welcomed into their lives. The home holds a collection of their life experiences, including furniture, fabric and art collected from around the …

The Bontke home

Most of the high-end homes in Angel Fire are still owned by the people who built them, so they haven’t come on the market yet. According to Montee Sue Miller, a resort and second home property specialist with REMAX Mountain Realty, the “sweet spot” in sales in the area ranges between $300,000 and $400,000. But from time to time, a gem of a luxury house comes along. That is the case of the Bontke home, a mountain chateau perched on 17 groomed acres of Angel Fire’s Aspens subdivision, adjoining the Carson National Forest.

Navigating through appraisals and mortgage lending

Residential mortgage lending is a collateral-based business. When a borrower applies for a mortgage, whether to purchase or refinance a house, the lender – or investor – evaluates the borrower’s ability to pay back the loan by reviewing income and credit.

Brigid Meier on permaculture: revolution disguised as gardening

Brigid Meier on permaculture: revolution disguised as gardening

Mountain living is sweet living

Our society tends to label folks and put them in boxes. It also tries to place our tastes and preferences into handy compartments. So we hear about city folks and country folks, beach people and mountain men and women. Most of us have clear preferences, whether they are built into us genetically or come about from the environment in which we live and grow as humans.

9 Questions for Franchesca Zoppe of CFT Décor & Gifts

Franchesca Zoppe took over ownership of Country Furnishingsof Taos on July 1, 2016. She has changed the name to CFT Décor& Gifts and, since then, has put her personal imprint onto a store …

Realtor profile: Martin Molz of Engel & Völkers

Martin Molz first came to Taos when he was invited to ski with his wife’s family 24 years ago. He says, “Growing up in the mid-Atlantic area of the East Coast, I found Taos to be unlike any place I had been before. The open spaces felt odd to me at first, but over time, I came to really appreciate being in such spaces – alone, but out in the open.” Molz has lived and worked all over the world, but was drawn to Taos.

Enchanted Homes: The Mountain Living Issue 2017

In this Mountain Living issue, we feature an alpine chateau in Angel Fire, talk 'permaculture' with Brigid Meier, and ask 9 questions to Franchesca Zoppe of CFT Décor & Gifts. Look for the …

Designing through the ages

The simple truth about design is it takes a certain amount of prosperity for it to be an issue in one’s life. Absent enough money to have choice, a home is more about function. Our …

One-time close construction and renovation loans

Designing a home for oneself allows a person to fully express their creativity in the most important place in their lives: their home. In this design issue of Enchanted Homes, Dimond …

Nine Questions: Aaron Magee

You were born and raised in Taos, and your father was a builder. My dad (Vishu Magee) was building houses while I grew up. About the age of 10, he put me and my brother, Jeb, to work on the job …

Realtor profile: Catherine Moon

At RE/MAX Mountain Realty in Angel Fire, everything qualifying broker Cathe Moon brings to the table is geared toward matching a property with the people who will live in …

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, …

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.   

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

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 …