Susan Garza Homes in Las Cruces NM

New Mexico has beautiful architecture with Mexican, Spanish, and American Indian influences. Use this glossary to learn about the features that may be found in your new home. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see pictures of these features.

Adobe
Adobe- (a-doe'-bee) A sun dried mud brick used as a building material

Arroyo
Arroyo - (a-roy-o) Dry riverbed that fills occasionally during our rainy season. Avoid building in arroyos!

Banco
Banco - (bawn'-co) A bench built from adobe usually covered with plaster, sometimes built beside the kiva fireplace or on a portal.

Canale
Canale - (ka-nal'-lee) A spout, which protrudes from the roof that carries rain water off a flat pueblo roof.

Corbel
Corbel - (kor'-bell) A short sculptured beam lying on top of a post, principally decorative.

Horno
Horno - (hor'-no) A Freestanding adobe bread oven found at most pueblos and Indian homes.

Kiva
Kiva Fireplace - (kee'-va) A sculptured beehive-shaped fireplace.

Latilla
Latilla - (la-tee'-ya) Small branches used as ceiling planking, usually between vigas which are made of aspen, pine, or cedar.

Lintel
Lintel - (lin'-tel) An exposed beam at the top of a window or door.

Nicho
Nicho - (nee'-cho) A sculptured indentation in the wall used to display art work.

Portal
Portal - (por-tal') An outdoor patio covered by a roof supported by posts.

Saltillo
Saltillo tile - (sal-tee'-yo) A fired earthen tile made in Mexico.

Stucco
Stucco - (stu'-ko) Final color coat plastered on exterior of an adobe-style building.

Talavera Tile
Talavera Tile - (tal'-a-ver-a) Colorful hand-decorated Mexican tile used for counter tops and trim.

Viga
Viga - (vee'-ga) A round log used as ceiling beams, usually pine or spruce.

Susan Garza Homes in Las Cruces NM