Construction on this 2700 square feet house was completed in November 2010. It is situated on 8 acres of woodland among ponderosa, piñon, oak and various species of juniper (including alligator juniper and NM cedar). This 3-bedroom (or 2 bedrooms plus office), 2-bath home has many creative features and amenities, which add to the year-round comfort of mountain living.
Insulated Concrete Forms: 6" reinforced concrete; 1" styrofoam insulation on both sides; R-factor is estimated to be approximately 50
Heat is a combination of in-floor radiant and wood stove. There are 5 zones of radiant heat, but only 1 is normally required to be used. The wood stove heats the entire house except for the master bedroom/bath area
Windows are triple pane Pella windows with UV treatment
Low voltage wiring (including TV and phone) is in every room. Internet is provided throughout the house via wireless router. Central box for low voltage wire is in the garage. Phone and TV jacks are also located in the garage, and a phone jack is in the shed.
Walls are acrylic plaster with built-in color (Variance).
The roof is heavy gauge metal that stands up very well to the occasional hail storm.
Stucco is elastomeric (STO) material that resists expansion cracks.
Solatubes provide natural sunlight without the disadvantages of skylights. Solatubes are installed in the pantry, master closet, master shower and 2 in the great room.
Exterior doors are four wood-grained solid fiberglass doors stained to augment the overall color scheme, and two Pella triple pane doors.
The deck faces southwest and overlooks the Isleta Indian Reservation and additional square miles of wilderness. No roads, no lights, no powerlines, nothing but sky and forest. Deck and railing material is maintenance-free Fiberon.
No salt or potassium is used in the water treatment systems. An ozonation conditioner treats the water for iron, sulphur and manganese. The conditioner / filtration system is a Pelican carbon-based system.
Thirty-two solar panels provide 7.2KW of electric power generation.
ABC Seamless supplied all of the steel seamless fascia, soffits, gutters and down spouts. These are beautiful, sturdy and maintenance-free.
The guest room opens into the guest bathroom, providing a small suite environment.
A spacious pantry adjoins the kitchen. Numerous electrical outlets allow small appliances to be kept plugged in and out of sight. A trash compactor is situated under the counter.
A Jotul wood stove sits on a beautiful custom hearth behind a wall of natural stone that was collected from the property. The stove heats most of the house, and the property supplies all of the firewood.
Porcelain tile floors throughout provide a carpet-free environment and allow for decorating to individual tastes with area rugs. The kitchen is an exception with cork floors, which are friendlier to the feet, legs and back.
The quality Casablanca ceiling fans in the great room are contolled remotely at two wall stations.
All interior doors are solid core and are equipped with lever style door handles.
Kitchen appliances are stainless Kitchen Aid and include two large refrigerators, cooktop with hood and heavy duty fan, convection oven, microwave and dishwasher. A stainless wine refrigerator is installed under-counter and a trash compactor is located in the pantry. High-end Maytag washer and dryer are installed in the laundry room.
All kitchen and bathroom counter tops are beautiful granite.
All kitchen and bathroom cabinets are cherry with soft-close drawers.
The view to the southwest overlooks the Isleta Indian Reservation. There is not a road, power line, building or light anywhere in the view; just mountains and trees. Click for some views.
A 12' by 14' shed offers storage and a workshop. The shed is fully insulated and sheet rocked with electric and phone.
A fully cantilevered sliding gate controls access to the property.
The property is completely fenced with heavy T-posts and 10-rod stock panels.
An attractive wall built with rocks unearthed during construction adds interest as you approach the property on Estrella Vista.
An unobtrusive network of roads facilitates the collection of firewood and decorative rocks on the property.
Rain water collection barrels are installed at all downspouts around the house and shed, and two barrels collect overflow just down the hill. The barrels have a total capacity of 2500 gallons and provide much of the irrigation water for outdoor plants and gardens.
A satellite dish provides high speed Internet and TV.
A motor home provided living quarters during construction. The septic hookup remains available for use, and a 50 amp electrical service is conveniently located on the side of the shed.
Electric and phone lines are buried.
The cost for electricity is a net negative. Thirty-two solar PV panels provide 7.2KW of electric power generation. The average PNM monthly net bill for the 7 years 2012 thru 2018 was -$25.56. To be clear, we do not pay for electricity; PNM pays us. Click for a detailed look by month.
Only the kitchen cooktop uses propane, which is supplied by two 25 gallon bottles on the north side of the house. The cost is neglible.
Bernalillo County property taxes were $3010 in 2018.