metal box with Pueblo "adobe" sidekick. Sounds like a
heck of a combination for a home design, but it works in the hands
of architect Steve Collins.
for yourself in the two Santa Rita Studios units that have been
occupied for the past year or so. The project, also known as Vista
Joya Subdivision, is located off Agua Fria Street, behind the
pet business Critters & Me. The property will ultimately hold
eight units, all bearing the "live-work" moniker, meaning
they're tailored to artist studio-type uses. The owners of the
first two, a doctor and an attorney, are using them as homes but
they like the flexibility of the space.
1,687-square-foot home has a bedroom and bathroom above the kitchen
and storage areas, all in a tall 'metal box' sided in corrugated,
galvanized steel. The rest of the space, comprising studio/living
rooms, an office/bedroom and second bathroom, is enclosed in a
single-story, stuccoed building.
second unit, a 2,022-square-foot home that sold the next month
for $250,000, shares a wall with the first.
like the exteriors, combine Pueblo Revival and contemporary design
elements. For the most part the living spaces are within two-story,
galvanized metal units with pitched roofs and the one-story studio
space has a flat roof. "It's not typical Santa Fe, but a
nice blend of Santa Fe and Steve's architectural background,"
Santa Fe Properties' John DeVito said. Collins is the owner-developer
of the studio project. At Santa Rita Studios, Collins' attractive
exteriors alternate vertically ribbed steel with stuccos in "chocolate
rose" and green, some wall surfaces punctuated with rows
of small, square windows.
currently is finishing construction on two single-story Santa
Rita units for Neighborhood Housing Services. These homes will
satisfy the city's requirement that a percentage of the subdivision's
homes meet "affordable housing" guidelines.
architect-builder is finalizing plans for the last four units.
The studios feature 2-by-6 construction with radiant heat, including
on the second floor; stained-concrete floors; Formica countertops;
and custom maple cabinets.
hopes to begin work on the next two units this month, with a view
to an October availability. They will be priced in the $300,000s.