Litsa Folse's Grand Design Wins!
Sensual and Practical, perfect placement of appliances, elegant use of color, texture, and style.
Italian Marble, Custom Alder, Glazed Lyptus, Stained Maple, Brushed Stainless Steel hardware, an abundance of amenities.
Hardwired Large Volume Microwave, Individual Freezer and Refrigerator combination, Stacked Double Oven, Kohler Galley Sink with dual Grohe faucets, Zephyr Range Hood, Asko Dishwasher, Insinkerator Disposal, Scottsman Ice Maker, SubZero Wine Chiller, Crestron Lighting.
Litsa added a pass-through to the Butler's Pantry and a change in quartz to a pale grey, accentuating the nickel glaze on the beautifully striated Lyptus.
Litsa has placed the perfect combination of types of storage and capacity to make this combination Kitchen - Pantry an epicureans's cooking and entertaining dream! There's even seating at the center island for six!
Congratulations to all of the talented artisans who brought this dream home to life! Baker-Folse spent millions upon millions of dollars and brought their detailed eye and integrity to ensure this home achieved a level of detail and quality that is unrivaled.
Massive Douglas Fir beams strategically placed and elegantly stained, each one selected for strength and artistic scale, feature textures ranging from hand adzing, to scorping, to rough sawn ruggedness.
Gabriel's special blend of color and types of plaster and troweling technique combine to create a soft "suede-like" appearance and yet, is burnished to a hard glass-like feel. Truly one-of-a-kind.
True wide-plank white oak: 10.25 inches wide, scraped, aged, and then dyed an attractive and dramatic blend of tones, is scribed to the walls with no baseboards leaving a jaw-dropping perfection in every room.
HERS rated (Home Efficiency Rating System) - 43 - this Green-Build home is the result of intelligent decision making, and the application of the right materials to the right purpose, and overachieves our requirement by 30%!
Our privately owned 4.5 KW power plant in the high-desert sun contributes mightily to the overall rating.
Double-paned, solid wood inside, and baked-in colored aluminum on the outside make this state-of-the-art technology in classic Santa Fe style, a major piece of the tightly sealed home.
Every appliance is Energy Star Certified and every water fixture is Low Flow Water Sense Certified. The exceptions are the two tub fillers, which are not required to be low flow fixtures.
The 6" slab is at thermal mass and the constant temperature of 68 degrees maintains a comfortable interior. The zones can be changed as you wish.
There are also rooftop heating and cooling units zoned for efficiency and personal comfort control.
The energy rating is the result of a commitment by Baker-Folse to achieve a state-of-the-art living environment with the addition of thoughtful engineering and a tightly sealed building envelope.
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Gabriel and Litsa create One-of-a-Kind living spaces.
Inside "Casa de Lavanda" you find your bliss. People have been moved to tears, stand in awe, and marvel at their own reaction to this space. Photographs cannot convey what happens when you spend a little time in this magical home.
Gabriel's vision of 2' s 2' columns and "eyebrow" arches, massive beams, and nuanced achievement of his "soft Santa Fe" palette are acknowledged as trendsetting. Gabriel and Litsa together bring their love of life and of Christ, and of each other, their family, and of Santa Fe, to an expression that originates from joy and ends in gratitude.
Litsa found and placed rustic, authentically old pieces next to the modern, the unique, the soft, the sublime, and unified them in color, and tone, opposed them in texture, and selected them for the changing spaces of Casa de Lavanda.
Stay tuned for the next chapter in Gabriel and Litsa's ongoing adventure in design and collaboration!
As a major footnote: Litsa designed the landscaping and Gabriel and Litsa placed every plant, boulder, and lighting fixture for a refined and sophisticated unified exterior. Lush green lawn, xeriscaped courtyards, water features, and our namesake 'lavender' are found around our gated and private 1.7 acre compound. Sit, touch, breath it in. Like the hummingbirds on our pink yucca, return to your favorite spot or make Casa de Lavanda your new dream home.