Adding some exterior color and shapes enhances and differentiates.
Santa Fe can be called the land of “brown and round,” a moniker applied by a contemporary builder, Michael Hurlocker, who set me free to do color on exteriors. His subdivision called La Mirada, outside city limits, is where we’re free to use color as well as realize other limits not possible to do in the city, in other highly regimented areas.
Color is important in these homes, but so is the use of form and shadow, executed in these homes by architect Robert Zachry. Adding color and texture further differentiates the buildings. As does the plantings. Further than buildings and garden walls, we work with landscape professionals on perfect plantings to balance and accent the exterior palettes.
Commercial exteriors are areas to get more involved in. One pictured here is the Aroma Coffee roasting facility. With its large round entry the architect approximated the scale of a giant cup of coffee. Turning the metal panels on the horizontal gave a fresher take on a commercial metal building. Colors from the autumn mountain scape help it blend into the environment. You can get a fantastic custom cup of coffee here, but it’s easier to taste at many local restaurants.
The best exteriors reflect the interior focus and the aesthetic of your home or the message of your business.