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It takes a village to build a home like this one; the construction of this hacienda outside San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, kept a large number of craftspeople employed for three years. The artisans built this home brick by brick and without electricity for the first two years. "When we started this project, all the workers used to walk to the site," architect David Howell says. "Then, after a while, they had pedal bikes. About a year after that they had motorbikes, and by the end of the project they all had pickup trucks. It's a wonderful feeling to have a positive impact on the local community's economy."
The home was a collaboration between Howell and the owner, furniture designer John Houshmand. "We designed the house in a classic hacienda style with a true courtyard fully enclosed by the exterior," Howell explains. "It's a monastic, simplistic aesthetic without embellishment." Local materials stand out, and views of the surrounding mountains of central Mexico were carefully considered.