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2011 - Volume 1 Issue 2
Casas Bonitas
Feature Home
Article: Charlotte Tallman
Photos: Bill Faulkner
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Wayne and Kiki Suggs of Classic New Mexico Homes like to get personal with their clients – a fact that Mary and Bob Talamini really appreciated when they built their new home.

“They really wanted to see how we lived before they would build our home. They got to know us even if I tried to hide things,” Mary says, laughing. “They came to our house about 10 times to find out more about us, and when I tried to do something different, they would say they needed to know everything about us in order to build us a home to fit perfectly with our lifestyle.”


Design and Build:
Classic New
Mexico Homes

Kiki & Wayne Suggs

Morrison Supply

Bathroom and
Kitchen Fixtures:
Las Cruces Winnelson

Counter Tops:
Ceramic Tile and
Natural Stone


Classic New
Mexico Homes

Greg Duff

One World Tile

Dunwell Construction

Heating and Cooling:
Four Seasons
Heating & Cooling


Ontiveros Insulation

Pre-Wire and Security:
Eagle Security

Ridgetop Construction

Juan Garcia Tile

Windows and Doors:
Rawson Builders Supply

Wrought Iron:
Artsy Fartsy Metal Works

Address Monument:
Able Sign Co.
Bob and Mary moved to Las Cruces permanently from Houston in 2005, but they built their first house in the area in 2002. “We met Kiki and Wayne and saw the homes they built and realized we had to have that experience,” Mary says. “Now we love to come home.”

Home is a 3,850 sq.-ft. work of art with two bedrooms (one master bedroom and one in the casita), studio, office, workout room and two and a half bathrooms. The house is tiled, with the exception of stained concrete in Mary’s studio and in the casita. The east and north side of the home features an 1,800 sq.-ft. covered patio, complete with skylights to bring in extra light through the outdoor roof.

“We had four bedrooms in our other home and the two extra rooms stayed empty most of the time,” Bob says. “We would rather have usable space than just waiting to do something with it.”

Bob retired as a financial planner in 2007 after 38 years in the business. Before that, he was a professional football player with the Houston Oilers for eight years and the New York Jets the year they won Super Bowl III. He and Mary, a homemaker and artist, have seven children in and around Houston and one in Vermont. They live with their cat, Bella, and dog, Dagmar.

“Wayne and Kiki started showing us some lots and we selected this one in Picacho Mountain Subdivision because of the views,” Bob says, noting his office, with the perfect view of the Organ Mountains, is his favorite room. “I really like the wood in my office. It’s like my cave.”

The Suggs are no stranger to incredible wood trimmings in every home they build, and the Talamini house is no exception. Knotty alder is found throughout the house, as well as cedar ceilings and pine cabinets uniquely created by Greg Duff. The cabinetry is beautiful, and created with green building in mind.

“We use dead stand ponderosa pine from a wildfire,” Wayne says. “No live trees were cut down.”

Wayne and Kiki built their first home, an adobe, in 1988 and have been designing and building since then. It wasn’t until 2006 that the couple opened their home building business Classic New Mexico Homes – focusing on the Pueblo-style they are now known for, along with a true appreciation for the environment and sustainability. Both Wayne and Kiki find specific ways to leave their personal touches in every home they build. Wayne often designs custom vents using pine wood he carved out and Kiki searches for ideal pieces of antique and custom distressed fixtures to place in the home. Sometimes the builders find the perfect thing even without a formal request.

“We were having dinner together one evening and I mentioned someday I would like to have a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe because I think it would be unique,” Mary says. “Wayne called me from Albuquerque one day and said he found the perfect statue. They listened to every little thing we said and worked with it.”

Mary’s shrine now sits outside her kitchen window as a reminder someone was listening to her needs and wants.

“Wayne and Kiki aren’t just people building a house, it’s an art to them,” Mary says. “They took every one of our thoughts and ideas and they made them better. They are so creative.” ///
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