Project Details

  • Size: 4,806 sq. ft.
  • Time to Build: 12 months
  • 2015 Parade of Homes Best Kitchen in $2,000,000 Category
  • Has over 5000 square feet of conditioned space with stunning views from every window and three outdoor living areas.
  • HERS Score 33
  • 67% more energy efficient than a typical Durango home built to code



Project Description

This custom home in the spectacular Two Dogs Subdivision is surrounded by stunning mountain vistas. Designed by RLA Architects, the home was upgraded by Mantell-Hecathorn Builders to be an ultra-efficient, comfortable and durable home that showcases the beauty of the custom finish selections of the Owner.

Built as a family retreat with a large rec room, alcove nooks, and extensive custom cabinetry, this home maximizes outdoor livability with an expansive patio and fire pit that are perfect for enjoying the Colorado lifestyle. The owner specified many elegant touches including a beautifully crafted floating juniper countertop in the powder room that is inlaid with turquoise accents.

This home achieved a HERS score of 33 without solar panels, making it 67% more efficient than a home built to County Code.

Despite the demands of the mountain climate, this beautifully crafted family home earned the ZERO Energy Ready Certification Symbol of Excellence by meeting the rigorous standards set by the Department of Energy. It is also certified under the EPA’s Indoor AirPlus program to ensure a healthier living environment.

We became aware of Mantell-Hecathorn Builders while looking for an experienced builder in green building methods. We had never built a custom home, much less a green one and wanted someone who was experienced and operated with the heart of a teacher. The years of building and numerous awards and certifications, was certainly a testimony to their experience, but the day to day interactions is where they really stood out. From day one, we became a partner with M-H builders in constructing this home. No question was considered too small to answer, weekly and often daily updates from both Greg and Hunter kept us informed, invoice billing from Tara and Miranda was prompt and correct. The level of craftsmanship and professionalism from their employees and sub contractors was amazing and it was evident that they took pride in their work. From the moment we decided to build until move in was less than a year, which is amazing in itself. We truly have a home that is not only beautiful but meticulously engineered for energy performance and to last a lifetime. We were extremely fortunate to come across M-H builders and our only regret is that they don’t build in Houston too!

-Tim & Kathy H.