Santa Fe I
Sven Alstrom, Architect
This one story Santa Fe Style ranch home has an attached two car garage and is based upon 24 inch wide straw bale (or adobe) construction on a concrete block foundation & concrete spread footings with crawl spaces and a partial basement. Though not designed as a passive solar house, it is designed for primarily hot weather climates. Natural interior plaster and natural exterior stucco are recommended. The interior square footage of the house portion is 2,336 square feet, measured on the inside of walls. In addition, the garage has 20 x 22 ft. clear inside dimensions. This home was originally designed for the main entrance to face east so that the kitchen is southeast for ‘ayurvedic' benefits – the plan also works well with the garage on the north side or by ‘flipping' the plan with the bedrooms on the south.
Living Room Section
The large 15 x 15 ft. bedrooms are designed to provide two master suites. An eleven foot beamed ceiling in the 20 x 21 ft. foot living room overlooks a central courtyard. Each bedroom has a 10 x 10 ft. bathroom and they share an adjacent hallway laundryroom.
Dining for eight or more is in an open kitchen for entertaining and access to a downstairs media room or partial mechanical room & basement. The kitchen stair may also go up to a roof level terrace for evening activities.
The courtyard provides a wonderful 20 x 28 ft. outdoor dining experience and space for a fountain, spa, garden, or pets.
Here is a quote from one of Sven's many satisfied customers: "Sven worked within the design times that he initially gave us, worked well with other design people, helped us negotiate a contract with the general contractor, and was very active in recommendations for purchased items and appliances. Most importantly, he listened to our ideas, concerns and wishes and we ended up with a finished project we are delighted with. We would certainly work with Sven Alstrom again if we were to undertake another project."
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