Gorham - Strip  Residence
Featured in NY Times (link here) Dec. 8, 2011 
Owner Built: Northern New Mexico
Surrounded by National Forest Land
Extraordinary site,       Extraordinary clients 
                 & "off-the-grid". 
Owner-built, with kudos to a nephew, and some wonderful friends....The house is set in a privately held valley fully surrounded by National Forest. 
Walls are constructed of 2 ft. thick exposed rammed earth juxtaposed with bright galvanized steel on studs.
The interior is continuously rimmed in light and New Mexico mountain sky by a clerestory wrapping exposed steel web-joist roof framing. 
An entire wall of folding glass doors opens at one end.
Heating is hydronic in-slab radiant; electricity from solar panels.
Kitchen, dining, and living unit is a separate building from the master bedroom - walking outside to get inside, the occupants are continuously connecting to the landscape. 
An outdoor shower completes the indoor-outdoor living experience.
Photography by Robert Reck