Our Approach

Praxis Architects Inc and Praxis Ltd Co: Two companies interweaving the needs and dreams of our clients within the dictates of site and budget. We incorporate the skills of local craftspeople to create unique and beautiful homes of enduring value which enhance the lives of creative people.


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What is your dream home or workspace?

Northern New Mexico style? Contemporary Santa Fe style? Spanish Pueblo Revival? Territorial? Your custom home or workspace is a reflection of your personal aesthetic and taste. It also should be inviting to others and accommodating to the way you live and work. The Praxis design process begins with a conversation to realize this idealized vision. What does a custom home or workspace mean to you? How will you use and enjoy the interior and exterior spaces? As we talk, we'll invite you to tell us about your hopes and dreams. Then we'll get to work on making them a reality.


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Site Selection and Analysis

The unique nature of Northern New Mexico building sites can make designing and construction especially challenging. Choosing a site in Santa Fe's high desert requires a deep contextual understanding of place and possibilities, including view sightlines, drainage issues, water availability, terrain considerations, and zoning restrictions. Praxis's expert team can help you find the right site that meets your needs and suits your budget. If you've already chosen a site, we'll work with you to create a design that makes the most of the site's assets.


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Schematic Design

Perhaps the most exciting and important step in the design process is Schematic Design, when the the interior spaces are apportioned to best meet your needs and desires without forgetting how the interior interfaces spatially with the exterior. Because the needs of each client are unique, as are the dictates of each building site, no two Praxis structures are the same. Solar exposure, view opportunities and privacy, among others, are all carefully considered and incorporated into the home's design, so that every space conveys a grand and intimate connection between interior and exterior. To truly understand how we do this, we invite you to come visit one of our homes.


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Schematic Estimate

What will it cost? Seems like a simple question. But ask anyone who has had a custom home designed and many will tell horror stories of construction bids grossly over the original budget and architects refusing to redesign, forcing the client to overspend, scrap the project, or pay for a redesign themselves. At Praxis, not only will we never let this happen, we guarantee it. If your Praxis design is more than 3 percent off your Praxis construction estimate, we will make any necessary design adjustments to get the project back on budget at no additional cost. Think this sounds too good to be true? Ask our clients about their peace of mind knowing with certainty what it will cost to build their project without any surprises.


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Design Development

Once the basic configuration of the spaces and their relationship to the landscape are established, we incorporate into the design appropriate systems that make the spaces comfortable, beautiful and durable. Included among others are passive solar, mechanical, electrical, insulation, structural, cladding and windows. These systems are carefully chosen to enhance the design, maximize energy savings, and provide the high-quality, long-lasting details that are Praxis's signatures. These systems ensure your new home functions well and serves your needs long after the last nail is driven home.


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We take the mystery out of building. Through our transparent bidding process we show our clients where their money is being spent, down to the last dime. All of our projects are bid on a fixed-cost basis: our bid is our bond. Once the project begins, a detailed construction schedule tells you exactly what will be done and when. Our site supervisors, laborers, and subcontractors are friendly and courteous, comprised of fine local craftsmen and craftswomen. This courtesy even extends to those living next door to our jobsites. Consistent with all of our services, our building projects are finished and delivered to you on budget and on schedule, every time.


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When you think of your home, you'll think of us. We want that to be a happy thought, so we're committed to making sure your new structure fulfills your dreams long after the last details are completed. If you find a problem beyond normal wear and tear with a home we've built, we'll stand behind it by fixing it, no matter who made the mistake or when it was discovered. Why? It's simple: our success depends on your happiness with the project—today and tomorrow.