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Discover The Old West Meeting The Cosmopolitan New West



New Mexico Facts: 

New Mexican Lingo:

New Mexico Home Styles:

New Mexico Landscpaing:

What Is Feng Shui:

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New Mexico Facts:


New Mexico origin of state's name: Named by the Spanish for lands north of the Rio Grande River.  New Mexico is the 47th state of the United States Of America. 



New Mexico is appropriately called "The Land Of Enchantment"


Santa Fe NM is the state capitol and is known as "The City Different"

Albuquerque NM The largest city in the state and is nicknamed "The Duke City" 


Rio Rancho NM One of the fastest growing US cities and is called "The City Of Vision" 


NM State Flag First brought to NM in 1540 by the Spanish explorers


NM State Bird The Roadrunner


NM State Question Red? or Green? (what type of chile you prefer)


NM State Flower The Yucca


NM StateTree The Pinyon Pine


NM Chile Hatch New Mexico is famous for producing Chiles


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Speaking Southwestern Lingo:


Mi Casa Es Su Casa

My House Is Your House



The Spanish and adobe influences in local design have brought several peculiarly southwestern words into homeowners’ vocabularies. Here are the names for some New Mexico home features:

 Viga: Traditional peeled log beam.  They may been inside as well as protruding through the outside walls.

Latilla: Small (1-2 inch) peeled poles used for thee ceiling. Straight, uniform latillas are usually made of aspen, although some home owners prefer the more rustic look of Saguaro. 

Cedro: Split cedar poles which give the ceiling a hand hewn look.

Padercita: Literally," little wall.”  A stair stepped wall typically flanking a fireplace or entry.  A padercita makes a distinctive room divider and Southwestern setter for displaying artwork.  

Canale: Rain trough which protrudes through a parapet wall, normally to drain water that collects on a flat roof.

Saltillo Tile: Red clay floor tile, commonly 12 inches square but sometimes octagonal.  Named after the city in Northern New Mexico.

Lintel: Crossbeam above a window.  In Southwestern homes, the lintel often is a massive wood beam painted blue or brown.

Corbel: A short, supporting timber under a beam or arch.  The end of the corbel may be cut square for a stepped appearance or carved for a beaked look. 

Nicho: Recess carved into a wall.  Originally, these niches served as shrines where “Santos” (carved religious objects) were placed.

Banco: Built in seating, often with an upholstered cushion. 

Ristra: Dried and strung red chile's, now mostly used as decorative ornaments.

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New Mexico Home Styles:

Southwest:  This style of Albuquerque NM Luxury homes is very versatile for today's living.  Usually offering an open plan with no formal living or dining rooms.  Today's buyer trends prefer the openness of a spacious kitchen and great room.  Usually opening to the patio area this design is great for easy entertaining or relaxing.  More and more semi custom builders and custom builders are in corporating built in BBQ's into the patio areas.  This style home fits many of today's lifestyles and a bit more affordable.

Hacienda:  This mansion style home has large front porches often with arches that welcome guest.  Tile roofing is the typical choice for this-home. Hacienda's have nice back patios with courtyards that give ideal privacy from the outside world.

Southwest Contemporary:  This style home is often very large and usually custom built.  They may still have Adobe, Vigas, Latillas and stone; however the materials are not used in a rustic manor. They are typically stucco and may be accented with pueblo style features or red tile roofs. 

Southwest Territorial:  This style has a flat roof or positive pitched for better drainage. Logs called Vigas are seen near the roof line, these Vigas may be structurally engineered but often are only a visual enhancement.  Stucco is normally used on the exterior as with most other New Mexico homes.  Stucco is an excellent exterior finish which may be synthetic or cements. Stucco adapts quiet well to  New Mexico's high desert with warm days and cool nights.

Northern New Mexico: This style home has a very steep pitched metal roof. The reasoning is simple the deep snows that accumulate in Northern New Mexico melts and or slides off the roofs quickly saving time, energy and money on roof repairs.  This roof design is becoming more popular throughout the great state of New Mexico. 

Custom: This is your personal dream home. When you are ready to build your New Mexico home we at Albuquerque Homes Realty are here for you.  We will listen to your specific wants and needs then match you with the perfect location, architect and builder.  We will be with you each and every step of the way making your New Mexico dream home a reality!

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 New Mexico Landscaping  

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Water is one of New Mexico’s most precious resources. 

Southwestern Xeriscape is beautiful and easily maintained yet saves

 precious water.  The gorgeous designs of desert landscaping and the

unique plants offer amazing beauty.  Once complete the rewards of Xeriscape is outstanding!




 New Mexico Water Features 


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Water features are not only eye appealing but give a highly desired calming effect. They offer a excellent ambiance for outdoor entertaining and relaxing. The sound effects of babbling water whether from a pond or water feature is very popular in many New Mexico yards.  



New Mexico Courtyard

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Courtyards are quiet common in New Mexico.  Just about any home can incorporate them but they are most often found in the Southwestern or Spanish style home.  Courtyard walls are attached to the home and have an open top.  Building material vary but most often are constructed of true Adobe brick or block and stucco.  Whether large or small courtyards offer privacy and intimacy from the outside world.  Often featuring small sitting areas, water features and colorful flower gardens. Courtyards are very eye appealing and welcome guest as they enter your stunning southwest home.




New Mexico Patio Oasis





New Mexico provides perfect weather virtually year round for enjoying your patio. Kiva's, Fire Pits and Chimanias are all quiet common providing warmth, wonderful crackling sounds and the aroma of Pinion wood. While relaxing with friends or enjoying the solitude of star gazing you will truly enjoy your private outdoor oasis. Varying in size and cost an outdoor patio is affordable for the most cost conscious. 




Feng Shui

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Definition: Feng Shui

Chinese rules in philosophy that govern arrangement and orientation in relation to patterns of yin and yang and the flow of energy; the favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into consideration in designing and placement of buildings and furniture.



Front Door:

Sometimes called the "Chi Gate," the main door is the gateway between the world and one's privacy. Air currents literally enter and exit at this point; this area should be kept clean and uncluttered.



Living Room and Family Rooms:

These are the areas where friends and family gather; they should be light, bright and open.



Dining Room:

Most people seldom use a formal dining room,  However, traditionally, it is an important room in the home and should exude wealth.




The kitchen is referred to as the "hearth" of the home.  The energy in this room is important; it should be light, bright and airy.  The kitchen is considered one of the most important rooms in the house and should be kept clean at all times.




These should be sacred spaces where adults or children can retreat and regenerate.  We as humans spend roughly one third of our lives in our bedroom, so maintaining balance and serenity in this room is essential.


Home Office:

There are two basic types of home offices.  One is where we store and file papers, pay bills and pass recreational time on the computer.  A real home office is where we sit for at least several hours a day conduction business and generating income.  Both types of office should kept be clean and orderly.




It's best to avoid homes with bathrooms in the center of the house or it's the first room you see upon entering a house.



These transition rooms are the arteries of the home.  They should be relatively bright, not too narrow or cluttered.  A chronically dark hallway should have a skylight or artificial lighting. 



Stairs should not be aligned directly with a heavily used entrance door, or in the heart of the home.  Stairs of any kind, indoor or our, need to be kept clean and safe.



Windows are the the eyes of Chi; they should be clean and open properly; ideally they should allow sufficient light and pleasant views into a room. 



A flat ceiling is considered good Feng Shui.  A severe sloping ceiling will cause the flow of air currents in the room to become chaotic.  Sloped ceilings and exposed ceiling beams can contribute to sleep and health problems.



Floors should be level so as not to cause equilibrium or health problems for the occupants.


Feng Shui information is widely used but not a guaranteed by Albuquerque Homes Realty or Team McCormack.







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