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CHRIS NELSON, PEAK CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN, INC. loves this award winning southwest home and its basic but outstanding features.  This home would fit it in the Palm Springs area very nicely.  We have some wonderful mountain views in this area.  I can imagine sitting in my living room at sunset enjoying the surrounding mountains and sunsets.

Let me know if I can help you build your southwest dream home today.

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Terra Caelo / St. George, Utah



Size: 5,210 square feet

Cost: $201 per square foot

Completed: February 2012

Certifications: NGBS-Silver, Energy Star

Architect: Gulch Design Group, Ivins, Utah

Builder: J2 Construction, St. George, Utah

Developer: Kayenta, Ivins

Verifier: HomeTek Services, St. George


Energy: Solar PV and solar thermal systems / closed-cell spray foam and blown-in fiberglass insulation / Tyvek housewrap and FiberTite roofing membrane / 10-zone mini-split climate control system / dedicated circuits for electric vehicles / whole-house energy monitoring via iPad or smartphone / Sylvania LED lighting / Energy Star appliances

Resources: Boise Cascade engineered lumber / reclaimed oak flooring / Cambria recycled-content countertops

IAQ: Energy recovery ventilation / polished concrete floors / K-wall low-VOC paints

Water: 100% native landscaping / drip irrigation / permeable gravel driveway

The Design Awards judges were amazed by the amount of energy-minded technologies and luxurious custom touches that builder Jake Joines squeezed into Terra Caelo for barely more than $200 a square foot.

For instance, to keep insulation costs down without compromising efficiency, Joines speced two inches of closed-cell spray foam followed by blown-in fiberglass in the walls and roof for R-values of 24 to 50. To beat the desert heat, small Mitsubishi mini-split air handlers in each room allow for precision control of air conditioning so that a west-facing office stays comfortable in the summer without freezing out the rest of the home and rarely used areas can be shut off when not in use.

The construction budget even included renewable energy systems, including a Schuco solar domestic water heater and a grid-connected 3.75-kW Enphase PV system. The owners, former Apple employees who relocated from Los Altos, Calif., carefully monitor the home’s energy use and generation using smartphones and iPads loaded with apps from Schuco, Enphase, and Mitsubishi. “They can watch how much energy each individual PV panel is producing throughout the day and can control each mini-split remotely,” Joines says.

The home’s striking but understated interior finishes got high marks from the judges, who also approved of the way the three-tiered home blends into its gently sloping site. “It made more sense to basically create three elevations rather than digging out all of the terrain and making huge retaining walls,” Joines says. “That way we disturbed less of the native vegetation.”

We commonly work with out of state clients, and take pride in the fact that while our clients are abroad they can feel confident that their project is on schedule and within budget.

Peak Construction & Design, Inc. is a green construction company owned and operated by Chris & Theresa Nelson of  California. Chris himself acts as both project manager and personally supervises the project and quality of work thus saving the client money without any undue overhead.

Peak Construction & Design is a residential/light commercial, general building contractor licensed/insured in California. We specialize in remodeling of custom/single family homes, condominiums, light commercial offices, as well askitchen and bathroom remodeling, along with new built homes, barns and out buildings . We also do general home maintenance.  We service Southern California and the communities  including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta, CaliforniaPlease call Chris Nelson today at 760.668.3991!

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