Dolores Street Renovation

DSC_0349We are very pleased and fortunate to have had Salamander remodel a section of our house, gutting and re-configuring a large space with only partial walls into an eat-in kitchen with fireplace, and a master suite with bath. The project included adding wooden ceilings throughout, an on-demand gas-powered water heater which in turn powers a radiant floor heating system, custom cabinets and tile work in the bath and kitchen, zinc kitchen countertops, custom plaster with French pigments hand applied and burnished on walls , and stained and polished concrete floors. These gentlemen are craftsmen whose detail work is of the highest quality, They are innovative solution seekers who kept us informed almost daily by phone calls, texts, and photos since we were only on site a couple of weekends monthly. They were able to offer alternative ideas when ours were not structurally suitable, and willingly accepted our decisions . They are intelligent, witty, and good company as well!

El Prado Addition


Patrick and Ivy transformed our El Prado Home beautifully! We live and work in Albuquerque but kept in close communication through email, telephone, and periodic weekend visits. They are both very easy to work with and we could easily defer to their ascetic and better judgement. I changed my mind twice during the process on structural issues and Patrick happily agreed to make the changes and always with terrific results. They diligently worked on the project completing it well within expected time frame. Their attention to detail was remarkable and their craftsmanship is evident throughout the house. They are truly collaborative. They understood what we were trying to do and made it happen. The end result is better than we had hoped, We highly recommend this talented team! R & R

Timber Frame Farmhouse

IMG_0706 “Patrick and Ivy know only one way to do things—the right way. They are not just great builders, they are also great company. There are a lot of builders who will say they have design capabilities, but Patrick is a truly talented designer as well as builder.”

Mesa Vista Home

“Salamander builders built our Straw Bale house while we were living 2,000 miles away! We communicated by phone and email during the project, and made occasional site visits. Everyone was amazed that we were able to do this long distance, but it was mostly due to the great relationship we had with our builders, Patrick and Ivy. Along with our architects, who Patrick introduced us to, we were able to purchase items, make design decisions, and end up with the house of our dreams! After our home was completed, we continued working with the Salamander Company for additional projects, such as adding a portal and a coyote fence. Patrick and Ivy do excellent work and don’t quit until you are completely         satisfied!”

H&H Straw Bale Home

“The Salamander Co. built the home in Taos where we currently live. The house is a showcase inside and out. The details, the woodwork, tile, plaster etc. are superb. This is a highly knowledgeable, highly professional company. Every time I show off the house I make sure to point out the details such as the wide windowsills or the back screen porch with a brick floor, and red pine half walls and posts coming seamlessly out of the top. For full details and photos of the project check out our blog,

Taos Adobe Addition

“Patrick, Ivy and their crew did a beautiful job updating our kitchen, adding a room on the front of our adobe house to give us a dining area and a sitting room. They also corrected a couple of problems in one of our bathrooms, turning it for a cold and uninviting room into a warm room that is congruent with our house. Our addition was completed in 2008 and included a new gas fireplace, cabinets, tile floors, windows and a new door as well as stone counter tops in the kitchen. We are experienced remodelers and really appreciate quality work. We have had ZERO problems and the work done is as beautiful now as the day it was completed. We know that one is always taking a chance when remodeling an old house and we are so grateful to Patrick and Ivy for the high quality work.”

Santa Fe Renovation

“I have admired Salamander’s work for years, so when I purchased a new home I immediately asked them to do my renovations. They did everything, from installing a doggie door to creating a new balcony railing to designing two very large custom cabinet pieces. They were always on time and conscientious, kept the workspace neat and clean, and worked collaboratively with me on decisions. The cabinetry is exquisite, the attention to detail beyond my expectations, literally eliciting gasps from friends when they first see the work. I wholeheartedly recommend Ivy and Patrick for all building needs.”


El Rito Straw Bale Home

Southern elevation.

Designed by David Bury, AIA, Ojai, Ca.
Built by The Salamander Co in 2006

“My experience with Builders; The Salamander Co, was a resounding success. My brilliant brother in law, David Bury, designed my Tibetan/Moroccan/New Mexico style Straw Bale house. But luck shined upon me when I found the right builders to bring the blueprints into magical reality. I am so happy with my ‘warm in the winter and cool in the summer’ house. The thick Straw Bale and the effective recycled newspaper insulation in the ceiling makes my house feel like a fortress of ‘green’ comfort. It is the middle of November and we have had temperatures that have been as low as 10 degrees at night. So far my thermometer in my Great Room has stayed between 65 to 75 degrees and I have not had to use my radiant heat yet. My home is beautiful, the quality workmanship is commented on by all who come to visit me. I recommend Patrick and Ivy to all!”