Design Overview
The Beckers wished a "smaller scale" state-of -the-art green home incorporating many new and proven green building technologies. The home was patterned on one of Sarah Susanka's "Not So Big House" plans, while incorporating the owners' wish list. Careful attention to room configuration, built-ins, open spaces, lends this home's small foot print to seem much larger. The general contractor was Sage Homebuilders: construction was completed in 2008.

Total floor area is 3105 sq.ft. ( 2351 sq.ft. main, 748 sq.ft second)
Much smaller than many newer homes – “building "better rather than bigger."

Solar Features
It incorporates numerous "state-of-the-art"/ innovative, green/sustainable features:

- Geo-thermal heating/cooling which also provides most hot water
- Foundation/basement- constructed with pre-fab insulated concrete panels- "Superior Wall" system
- Exterior walls - Structural Insulated Panels(SIPS) - Enercept SIPS
- Radiant floor in master bath
- Wide overhangs- Frank Lloyd Wright - "Prairie Style" exterior
- Exterior decks - recycled wood/plastic composite
- Energy efficient LED and compact fluorescent lighting
- East elevation has large screen porch- great for shade
- Summer afternoon gatherings
- Carpet made from recycled milk cartons
- Oak hardwood floor from certified sustainable forest, also cork, bamboo, slate and marmolium flooring
- Zero VOC paints, stains, sealants and adhesive used throughout
- Siding made of concrete/fiber glass composite
- Dual flush low flow toilets
- Light tubes and skylights
- PEX water piping
- Super insulated attic
- Windows are low-e inert gas filled double pane
- Exterior doors are insulated fiberglass
- All appliances/systems exceed Energy Star standards
- "Smart House" wiring - throughout