The rural setting for this contemporary Ranch Style home takes advantage of dramatic views of the Sangre de Christo Mountains in the distance, as well as intimate views of the courtyards and meadows that surround the home..

The colorful xeriscaped parking area welcomes the visitor to the entry courtyard where an abundant planting of carex, geranium and ornamental grass surrounds a low fountain.

Generous portals integrate the interior and exterior environments of the home and create spaces where outdoor living is at its best.  The whimsical and contemporary outdoor furniture easily expresses the lifestyle of the owner and visually links the open concept of the home with the portals and gardens. 

To the east is an extensive shrub planting that has reclaimed disturbed land and frames a native grass meadow that merges with the edge of the bricked portal.

The wisteria-laden west portal opens onto a contemporary hardscaped path and raised seating area.  Diamond-shaped tiles are arranged in diagonal stripes through flagstone paving enhancing the curves of the hardscaping and leading your eye to the outdoor fire table.  A thick slab of flagstone forms the table hearth, and a stylized tile dragon is the backdrop to the fire.  The choice of furniture perfectly suits the oval seating area amidst the planting of blue avena grass, Big Tuna mugo pines and colorful perennials.