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  TABLE OF CONTENTS  –  Volume 1  Issue 2  –  2010
 
Ventanas Vol 1-2  
ABOUT THE COVER - The winter season is about friends and relatives during a time of festive dinners, gift giving, performing arts and major sporting events. The menu for a special seasonal dinner is presented in the ¡Comidas Sabrosas! section of Ventanas, page 190, served in the Classic New Mexico home of Bob and Mary Talamini, featured in the Casas Bonitas section, page 32.
 
Bob Skolnick   PUBLISHER - As we set out to define an “Energy Efficient Home” it became exceedingly clear that anyone who is contemplating designing and building a custom home... READ MORE
 
Joe Burgess   EDITOR - This is the new construction issue in Ventanas magazine. We will introduce you to a few of the region’s most reliable designers and builders of new homes... READ MORE
  CASAS BONITAS
     

12
  THE BUZZ - DESIGN LIBRARY
Two book reviews: "The New Adobe Home" and "Building Green - A Complete
How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods"
 

14
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - SELECTING A COMMUNITY
Making the right choice of which community to reside in is a very material part
of the ultimate enjoyment of your home.
 

18
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - SELECTING A BUILDER
The individual selected as your custom homebuilder will play an enormous role
in building your new home.
 

20
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - PLANNING AND DESIGN
Determining what you want from a home should always be the opening consideration
before starting with new construction.
 

21
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION
Most new homes continue to utilize wood frame construction. Not all exterior walls
however, are designed the same.
 

28
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - MEET THE EXPERTS
We present ten exceptional home building experts who service the
Las Cruces, NM and El Paso TX region.
 

32
  FEATURE HOME - CLASSIC NEW MEXICO HOMES
Wayne and Kiki Suggs of Classic New Mexico Homes got personal with clients
Mary and Bob Talamini when building their new home.
 

40
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENT
Regardless of the price point of your home, the goal of having an energy efficient
home should be your highest priority.
 

44
  FEATURE HOME - BELLA VISTA HOMES
This Bella Vista home proves that building a house with plenty of character
can be achieved without breaking the bank.
 

52
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - INSULATION AND ROOFING
Insulation is a key factor in the battle for energy conservation. It makes a
significant difference in heating and cooling expenses.
 

56
  FEATURE HOME - SOLEDAD CANYON EARTH BUILDERS
Soledad Canyon Earth Builders is known for environmentally friendly houses
with unique designs and custom details.
 

64
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - WINDOWS
By taking a few considerations in the design phase, you can directly influence
the windows to be ordered for your home.
 

66
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - DOORS
They contribute to the overall energy efficiency of a home and therefore are
an important facet of planning and design.
 

70
  FEATURE HOME - ICON HOMES
It is Icon Homes' creativity and personal attention to detail in each project
that wins the hearts of their clients.
 

78
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - HEATING AND COOLING
HVAC systems are not only responsible for maintaining temperature, but also
keeping air fresh and free of organic compounds.
 

82
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - FIREPLACES
Have warmth and ambience without loosing your airtight envelope by installing
a fireplace box tied into a direct vent pipe.
 

84
  FEATURE HOME - COYLE ASSOCIATES
The floorplan for the Chastine house and patio makes you want to pour yourself
a glass of wine and just enjoy the view.
 

92
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - APPLIANCES
When selecting appliances, keep in mind the two costs. First is the purchase price
and second is the lifetome operating cost.
 

96
  FEATURE HOME - DESIGN ALLIANCE
Jeffery Huff of Design Alliance is the architect for an El Paso home that is a
combination of Spanish, Moorish and Mexican design.
 

106
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - PRE-WIRING
Structured wiring prepares your home to handle today's, and more importantly,
tomorrow's home technology.
 

110
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - LIGHTING
The quantity, placement, and type of lighting will have a lasting influence on
your energy consumption over the life of the home.
 

112
  FEATURE HOME - RC BAEZA & ASSOCIATES
A 17-month construction project by El Paso builder, R.C. Baeza was influenced
by Italian/Mediterranean architecture.
 

122
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - SOLAR SYSTEMS
Think of a solar system as an appliance and its purpose is to provide a source
of energy other than purchased energy.
 

128
  FEATURE HOME - BIC HOMES
If your lot size is limited and your finances allow only a modest investment.
Let BIC build a home you'll be proud to own.
 

136
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - BATHROOMS
When selecting fixtures, energy demand, water usage, and space need to be
considered in designing the the bathroom.
 

140
  FEATURE HOME - TRINITY HOMES
A modest yet enticing design built by Trinity Homes, features an open design
giving it the appearance of a much larger dwelling.
 

146
  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - FLOORING
Selecting flooring isn't just about the looks. Flooring also plays a role in the
heating and cooling efficiency of your home.
 

148
  FEATURE HOME - SCHUELLER HOMES
A combination of signature style and the future of green building – Schueller
Homes started building this home in 2009.
     
  VIDA FRONTERIZA
     

156
  COMMUNITY - DOWNTOWN EL PASO RENAISSANCE
El Paso has seen its fair share of ups and downs, but El Paso is once again
reviving with a strong focus on the downtown area.
 

160
  LOCAL HEROS - GRACE FLIGHT OF AMERICA
Grace Flight New Mexico provides free air transportation in and around
New Mexico to meet healthcare and basic human needs.
 

162
  GREAT FINDS - HOLIDAY SHOPPING
Great gifts, gadgets and games for the whole family.
 

164
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - YOGA
While no one knows exactly when Yoga began, those who practice the tradition
have a good idea of why it is still around.
 

166
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY
The words "minimally invasive' seem to be the current catch phrase that eases
our minds about a visit to the operating room.
 

168
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
Weight loss surgery may sound extreme, and indeed, it is the medical treatment
of an extreme health condition.
 

172
  BEAUTY - SKIN REPAIR
For many with skin damage, cosmetic repair and rejuvenation is sometimes the
only resort to healthy skin and self-confidence.
 

174
  OUT ON THE TOWN - COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GALA
The Take Flight for a Memorable Night Gala fundraiser benefitted the
Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.
 

176
  OUT ON THE TOWN - EL PASO MARIACHI FESTIVAL
The first ever El Paso International Mariachi Festival gala dinner was held at
the Camino Real on September 16.
     
  COMIDAS SABROSAS
     

180
  THE BUZZ - COOKING WEBSITES & BOOK REVIEW
Book: "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" and three interesting Cooking Websites.
 

182
  WEEKEND GETAWAY - CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO
Crested Butte, Colorado is a remote valley high in the Rocky Mountains – far from
big city lights and the hustle and bustle.
 

186
  LET'S GO OUT - LAS CRUCES JAZZ FESTIVAL
World-class photography exhibit - Jam Session: America’s Jazz Ambassadors
Embrace The World - at the Branigan Cultural Center.
 

190
  ENTERTAINING AT HOME - WINTER BUFFET
The entrées are the centerpieces of a buffet menu and we chose venison and
goose as the stars of our buffet table.
 

202
  WINE & SPIRITS - WINE DINNER AT 2900
The 2900 wine dinner held last May in El Paso was great. But first, we have to
get past the wine brand name. Enkidu.
 

204
  WINE & SPIRITS - WINE PAIRINGS
Restaurateur and wine retailer, Mark Heins, shares his choice of wines that pair
well with the holiday menu featured in this issue.
 

206
  CUISINES OF INDIA - HISTORY
If ever there was an area where a cuisine constantly evolved, India is it.
Indian cuisine has been around for thousands of years.
 

209
  CUISINES OF INDIA - CHUT-NEY (El Paso)
“I love food and I love cooking,” states Kushal Shetty, who along with wife
Asha owns Chut-ney restaurant in El Paso.
 

210
  CUISINES OF INDIA - TASTE OF INDIA (Las Cruces)
Taste of India, located across from New Mexico State University, was opened
four years ago by Vino Sharma.
 

212
  TRADITIONS - ARDOVINO'S AND CAPPETTO'S
Two of El Paso's best loved Italian restaurants are Ardovino's Desert Crossing
and Cappetto's Italian Restaurant.
     
 
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