Real Estate

Santa Fe

High Performance Construction & Net Zero Energy

Palo Santo Designs LLC is an award -winning architecture and construction firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We specialize in contemporary custom home building and distinctive commercial development. We have been recognized among the best contemporary home builders and architects in Santa Fe. And we are committed to the highest quality in craftsmanship and sustainability. We deliver personalized project management to our clients and development partners that is tailored to their unique goals. And our experience is unsurpassed in the design and construction of high-performance buildings. Utilizing the most effective methods for energy and water efficiency, durability, and beauty.

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Our Team

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If you are looking for a team you can entrust to build your dream home with integrity, stellar communication, and the utmost care, Palo Santo Designs is that team. They met all our expectations for a sustainable home that is comfortable and full of personal touches. Our wishes for functional, interesting spaces have been realized at the same time structural demands were satisfied. Their team navigated both the city and the HOA with expertise that truly made for a smooth process. We love living in our new home and know Palo Santo Designs will continue to be there for us.
Cristi Branum
Owner of a Palo Santo Home
[...] I live on the east coast and over the years, have never been able to find the right fit with a contractor/designer where I’d feel comfortable having something built while living so far away. I wanted quality design and construction, someone that was environmentally conscious, and most of all someone I felt I could trust. About a year ago, I was looking at house designs in New Mexico on houzz and came across Palo Santo’s work [....] So, I reached out to Mark regarding the possibility of building something on the land I owned. We traded ideas and sketches for several months via emails and phone calls. We met in person during a trip to New Mexico and I knew these were the right guys to work with. They have great ideas, were very responsive, and delivered an on-time and on-budget project that exceeded my expectations!
Julie Gray
Owner of a Palo Santo Home
Palo Santo built our house starting in the Summer of 2014. The ten month process was great. Their work was very efficient (project took less than a year), well crafted, and we were able to stay on budget. We had a great relationship with the builders and where able to voice concerns when needed and response was quick. The best part is the finished product…we have a beautiful home to raise our children, entertain our friends, and enjoy the sun rise and set. The house is beautiful. I highly recommend using Palo Santo.
Stewart Anderson
Owner of a Palo Santo Home
Working with Palo Santo Designs has been an absolute delight. They are committed stewards of the planet and they demonstrate that in their everyday actions as builders of sustainable homes of the highest quality. The partners and staff are young and energetic, yet have enough solid experience where one can rely on their being well versed and experienced in the craft of building construction. As architects, we relish the opportunity for a long and sustained collaboration.
Jon Dick
Archaeo Architects
In 2011 my partner and suffered a house fire and lost our home and all of our belongings. It was a very delicate time for us and therefore it was extremely important to find a contractor that not only did good work but was compassionate and grounded. I feel like we hit the jackpot with Palo Santo! Their craftsmanship and attention to detail is near perfection. Their professional yet warm communication made them so easy to work with. Our passive solar home is so efficient, it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We love our beautiful new home! Thank you Palo Santo!
PSD Client
August 2012
Working with Mark and his expert team was a great experience. Our project was complete when he said it would be even inspite of all my changes. The finished product was beautiful and we couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend Palo Santo to anyone contemplating a remodel or building from scratch.
PSD Client
May 2013
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Coming Soon:  Completion of Phase 1 of the Studios at Parkway
September 11, 2023

Introduction Palo Santo’s flagship operation, the Studios at Parkway, is presently under construction and set to be completed by January 2024. This new commercial development is situated in Santa Fe’s burgeoning Siler Rufina District, a hotspot for arts and industry. Location Highlights: Phase 1 Details Phase 1 of this ambitious project is nearing its completion, […]

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How Much Does it Cost to Build in Santa Fe, NM?
April 28, 2023

So, how much does it cost to build in Santa Fe? Well, that is the million-dollar question.  Actually, it’s more like a 2-3 million dollar question for most people looking to build a custom home in Santa Fe.  In fact, I get several emails a week asking, “How much does it cost to build in […]

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The New Mexico Monsoon
June 24, 2022

The majesty of the New Mexico Monsoon. Slow, deliberate, obstinate, discerning and generous. From the great deep of the equatorial Pacific it rolls into and across the vast deserts of Sonora and Chihuahua and tips its brimming cup onto the sun scorched mountains of the upper Rio Grande valley. The Sangre de Cristo. The life […]

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