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Desert Chameleon - Best Site-Specific Design - Saint George, UT

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Dec 1, 2012 6:05:00 PM

BUILDER JAKE JOINES of J2 Construction and architect Matt Marten of Gulch Design had a clear goal in mind for this large (5,200 sq. ft.) southwestern luxury home. They wanted to include as many green features as


ROOFING: Seaman Corporations FiberTite membrane, flat roof

STRUCTURE: Double-framed exterior walls, Emtek doors and hardware, insulated Martin garage doors, sustainable forestry lumber, TJIs, OSB

SIDING: Masterwall cementitious scratch coat and synthetic stucco finish

INSULATION: Tyvek house wrap and 1" foam on walls, roof and slab edge, 2" closed-cell spray foam and up to 2' of blown-in fiberglass

AIR CONTROL: Mitsubishi ducted mini-split heating and air conditioning, ERVs at main living area and bathrooms

WINDOWS: Sierra Pacific and Kwall windows and doors

HEATING: Sealed-combustion Lennox fireplace, iPad app for Mitsubishi meZO, Schuco solar thermal water heating

APPLIANCES: Wolf, Sub-Zero, Asko appliances

FAUCETS & FIXTURES: Kohler WaterSense faucets and fixtures

CABINETS & TOPS: Quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, Cambria Stone countertops

CLEAN FINISHES: Low-VOC Sherwin-Williams paints and finishes

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Two dedicated car charging stations, 3.76 kW EnPhase PV, Schuco solar thermal

LIGHTING: Sylvania LED lighting throughout

SPECIALTY PRODUCTS: Mutual Materials Retractable door

possible. But those features had to pass two tests: Did they serve the owner? And did they fall within the budget? That screening criteria resulted in the inclusion of a Best Site Specific Design Utah10-zone mini-split climate control system, hybrid insulation (combining closed-cell spray foam with fiberglass), LED lighting, solar thermal hot water and a 3.76 kW PV array. Most of the home’s HVAC, LED lighting and other features can be controlled via iPhone or iPad remotely.

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PROJECT: Terra Caelo
LOCATION: Saint George, UT

BUILDER: J2 Construction

ARCHITECT: Gulch Design Group

PHOTOS: Danny Lee Photography

  • Saint George J2 Construction

    Double-Framed Walls, a porous drive, drought-tolerant plantings, flat roof, and low-maintenance exterior make help integrate this home with the local landscape.

  • Gulch Design Living Room
  • Asko Appliances

    The designer of this low-profile home specified high-tech systems to reduce its long-term energy costs and maintenance, at the same time carefully integrating it with the local landscape.

  • Kohler Watersense Faucets
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