One of the advantaged of a house designed in a radiating pattern is that rooms spring into intriguing shapes, like the simple and friendly pie-shaped study. Completing the downstairs is the “grandchildren wing,” a suite of bedrooms and baths that the Coles have dedicated to visiting family. Such fortunate grandchildren, too, with rooms full of kid furniture and toys and a bathroom gone completely Mickey Mouse. One of the primary motivations in the design of the house was to have space for grandchildren, currently numbering five, aged one to five.
The second floor of the home is filled with surprises. Off the master bedroom, the bath’s irregular shape offers some interesting treats for the eye; pride of place is given to a magnificently gleaming long claw-footed tub. Bath and bedroom are done in pleasant, soothing pale sand tones. The bedroom features a peninsula fireplace and views to the south and the west and northwest to the Jemez Mountains.
At the opposite end of the open hall of the curving second level, past the convenient wet bar that’s great for early morning coffee, is a round exercise area which adjoins one of Coles’ favorite spots-the covered second-story deck. This open-air family room-cum-porch, sheltered on the windiest side, is loaded with comfortable patio furniture and offers splendid nighttime views of the lights of Albuquerque.