This home, built in the early 1980s, is perched on a boulder strewn ridge at an elevation of 8,200 feet in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains, outside of Santa Fe. The house required significant upgrades to meet code, particularly as it relates to fire resistance. The owner also desired to improve in the interior layout by adding a new kitchen, library, powder room and support spaces. Much of the support space, such as the laundry room, storage and mechanical room were relocated to a new lower level, which was carved out of solid rock. Every surface of the exterior and interior were replaced or restored, including wood beams, plaster walls, reclaimed wood flooring, stone countertops, cabinetry, lighting, doors, windows, fire resistant siding, metal roof and decking. All electrical and plumbing aspects of the house were replaced. The new spaces accentuate the existing cathedral ceilings to bring in more light and add to the feeling of spaciousness. The home opens up to the light and those amazing views, as it now sits more comfortably within what is a very dramatic setting.