Capitan Mountain Sunrise

Conceived as a timber frame home for the owners to retire in, Capitan Mountain Sunrise is a full timber frame house that one will likely not want to leave. From the first glimpse caught from afar of the observatory perched high above the treeline, to the stunning mountain vistas offered while inside, this house exploits its elevated site for maximum effect. The Southwestern flavor and refined timber detailing contribute to its sense of place in the New Mexico highlands.

Building and site orientation were major influences on the forms of the house. The layout compels inhabitants to stare outward towards mountain ranges in multiple directions, and strategic roof overhangs shelter the large glass apertures from the hot summer sun. The main platform raises eye-levels to above the treeline, offering unobstructed views for miles. Climbing to the loft, and then the observatory, only enhances the views for an unobstructed 360 degrees.

Functionally, the house satisfies the needs of one who’s inclined to enjoy their retirement. A plethora of spaces in addition to the aforementioned are a timber-vaulted gallery, a grand living room with attached deck that flows into a covered outdoor space, and a separate cantilevered wrap-around master deck. The lower level hosts bonus-rooms as well as a large recreation space, exercise room, guest bedroom, and a safe room vault. Additionally, the house is surrounded by hundreds of acres of rich wildlife.



Lincoln County, New Mexico


Completed in 2018


7,750 SF


Mortise and Tenon Timber Frame

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