Project Details

  • 2,000 sq ft

  • Design/Build by Mantell-Hecathorn Builders
  • Passive solar custom home in Mancos, Colorado

  • ENERGY STAR and EPA Indoor airPLUS 

  • HERS Score 18
  • 82% more energy efficient than a typical Durango home built to code

Project Description

Focused on the majestic views to the North of Mesa Verde National Park, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is certified low maintenance, durable, and comfortable even in extreme temperatures. It also features 3” thick radiant floor heating. Mantell-Hecathorn Builders used building science techniques to increase the home's energy efficiency, maximize indoor air quality, mitigate water infiltration, and provide excellent air sealing and insulation techniques. Homeowner utility savings were third-party verified by an independent energy auditor. 

Our Kernan Creek Ranch house barely sips energy. The bottom line for us is that the KCR house will cost us a tiny fraction of what our Texas house costs to operate. Factoring that into our cash flow calculations, these savings will have a material impact on my retirement plans. In effect, selecting Mantell-Hecathorn Builders to build our house will likely allow me to retire 3 to 5 years earlier than I had planned. Pretty powerful stuff, for a fact.


So thank you and Hunter and Tara for giving me those years - they will be priceless to me!