DEER STALKER RESIDENCE
Ramon Gabriel Martinez, AIA, NCARB | High Desert Architecture
The Deer Stalker residence is defined by a warm and natural material palette of stone and wood, contrasted by sleek modern elements of glass and metal. Using these building elements together - and creating a consistency and rhythm throughout each space with these materials, and refined detailing, the Deer Stalker residence was born.
The design of Deer Stalker pays respect to the vernacular culture and architecture of New Mexico, by incorporating pueblo inspired building masses, kivas, and exposed beams. Gallery walls highlight artwork, fireplaces anchor spaces, metal overhangs provide shade, and floor to ceiling openings merge the line between spaces, both interior and exterior. In combination, the architecture creates a modern, dynamic, sophisticated, and comfortable living experience.
The Deer Stalker residence is situated on a peninsula lot designed to maximize the views and natural lighting. Due to the long and relatively narrow buildable area of the lot, the residence is divided into a north and south wing, with a central motor court, entry space, and infinity hallway connecting the two wings. The north wing is where the private owner bedroom suite, guest suites, and office is located. These spaces have carefully placed windows which are oriented towards the east to maximize morning light and mountain and canyon wash views.
The south wing is at the tip of the peninsula, overlooking the beautiful fairways of the Las Campanas golf course. The great room, open kitchen, dining room and bar, and the outdoor dining and living portals are here. These spaces have spectacular sunset views spanning from the Jemez mountains to west, the Ortiz and Sandia Mountains to the south, and the beautiful Sangre De Cristos to the east.
Completed October 2020
Building Area: 5,571 GSF
Structure: Slab on grade, wood frame with steel post supports, CMU retaining walls at south wing of residence
Major Materials and Systems: floor to ceiling glass, natural stone veneer walls, natural flagstone floor, Structural select wood beams, 19 Seer high efficiency heating and cooling system
Site Features: 2.23 acres, wooded peninsula lot, natural canyon wash, views towards east, west, and south
Sustainability Features: The residence was certified with a HERS rating of 70, making this project twice as energy efficient as the typical American single-family residence. We achieved this by utilizing high efficiency wall and ceiling systems, 3” of exterior rigid insulation, high efficiency tankless condensing water heaters, 100% LED lighting, high efficiency glass, motorized roller shades to block out direct sunlight and excess heat, and a high efficiency heating and cooling system. The residence is plumed for a 10 KW solar panel system which should take the residence to a net zero rating. The residence is equipped with a 4k gallon underground water harvesting system. This system is designed to capture 85% of the roof runoff. The harvested water is plumbed to the irrigation system that feeds all the native revegetation and added native landscaping. The on-site retention ponds and water harvesting system was designed to combat future and current droughts and flooding situations by keeping all the storm runoff on site as well as to capture the stormwater through the water harvesting system to feed the added landscaping. We created a highly efficient residence to reduce energy usage. Every tree that was removed for the build was replaced.