Historic Southwest Adobe

An aging adobe-style home received a modern update that raised ceilings—and our client’s expectations—of what the building’s existing footprint could accomplish.

Alamitos Heights
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This adobe-style home was built in 1931 by a family from Albuquerque. It remained with the same family for 70 years until it was purchased by its current owner in 1999. Drawn to its character, the new owner was at first willing to deal with the home’s idiosyncrasies. But after 15 years, he wanted a change. The dark, barely functional kitchen was closed off from other rooms and was small in comparison to today’s expectations.

Sadly, the home had experienced poorly executed cosmetic repairs over the years. One example: Saltillo tile had been placed directly atop wood floors, despite tile requiring a solid setting-bed. As a result, the tiles had begun to crack.

BEFORE: The living room was dark with a low ceiling. The peeler logs added a tremendous visual weight, making the ceiling appear low.

Dark interior.
The renovated living room with a raised ceiling and brighter interior.

AFTER: We raised the ceiling and replaced windows and flooring, creating a much more inviting, light-filled space. We also raised the ceiling in the kitchen and the sun room, and upgraded the electrical, plumbing, roofing, and HVAC systems. Compare before and after pictures and you’ll also notice a new glass door and matching insets.

Completing the upgrades, we also added new windows, doors, and hardwood flooring, and insulated the entire structure. We also added new baths, a powder, room, and a custom kitchen complete with countertop windows.

See-through window under kitchen cabinets allows more light to come into the room.
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