Casual Mountain Retreat

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Priced between $90,000 and $185,000, the Highlander is an affordable, sustainable option for both Baby Boomers and retirees looking for a casual mountain retreat or coastal getaway. The two-story, 1,780-square-foot home features a loft on the second floor and a modern lodge motif with natural state elements, russet tones and a warm cedar shake exterior.

December 01, 2009
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The Highlander’s cabin-like aesthetic is designed to fit in virtually any vacation or weekend home setting, whether mountainous,  woodsy or coastal.

Priced between $90,000 and $185,000, the Highlander is an affordable, sustainable option for both Baby Boomers and retirees looking for a casual mountain retreat or coastal getaway. The two-story, 1,780-square-foot home features a loft on the second floor and a modern lodge motif with natural state elements, russet tones and a warm cedar shake exterior. Natural stone, glass mosaics and copper fixtures and finishes will be featured throughout the home.

“This would make a great vacation home or weekend home,” says Rick Boles, president of Palm Harbor Homes, Phoenix Division, which is designing and building the modular home for the Show Village exhibit. Boles says that, even with its high-end finishes and classic aesthetic, the model home was designed with today's budget-conscious buyer in mind. Even the entry-level option comes standard with the second story (unfinished) and includes all standard options. “It's extremely affordable because it's systems-built,” says Boles.

The Highlander is also designed and built to achieve certification through NAHB's Model Green Home Building Guidelines. Sustainable features include a high-velocity, low-energy HVAC system, dual-pane low-e casement windows, tankless water heater, low-flow plumbing fixtures and recycled wood products (see sidebar on page 14 for more sustainable features).

 

Statistics & Green Features

Statistics

• 1,780 square feet

• 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath

Energy Efficiency & High Performance

• Energy Star-rated, low-e windows (U=0.29, SHGC=0.29)

• R-19 walls, R-21 floors, R-38 ceilings

• 15 SEER /8.5 HSPF packaged heat pump

• Duct system performance tested

• Energy Star-rated appliances

• Tankless water heater

• Extensive use of compact fluorescent lighting

• Expected to meet Builders' Challenge Standards with an Energy Smart Home E-Scale of 62

Indoor Air Quality & Noise Reduction

• VOC source control, including zero-VOC paint

• Phenol- and formaldehyde-free insulation

• Outside air ventilation

• Ducts sealed with mastic and fiberglass mesh

• Air filtration and cleaning system

Other Green Building Features

• Direct vent Heatilator fireplace allows builders to earn green building points



• Class 1 (A) fire-rated siding

• Earth-friendly pest control with mold preventative

• Resource-efficient modular construction

• Expected to meet Bronze level in all sections except lot design, preparation and development per the NAHB National Green Home Building program

• Non-HCFC refrigerant HVAC system

• California Title 24-compliant

• Builder is Building America partner and Builders Challenge participant

See the latest building products installed and in action from these premier sponsors:

Windows, patio doors: Andersen Windows and Doors

Interior and exterior paint: BEHR

Appliances: Bosch Home Appliances

Sheathing: Dow Building Solutions

Central vacuum system: Beam

Indoor fireplace: Heatilator

Insulation: Knauf

Locks: Kwikset

Bathtubs: Lasco Bathware

Stairs: Leeper Stair Products

Decking and rails: LifeTime Lumber

Nails: Maze Nails

Cabinetry: Merillat

Pest control: Nisus Corporation

Tankless water heater: Rinnai

Exterior doors: Simpson Door

Siding: The Tapco Group - Foundry

Stone: The Tapco Group - StoneCraft

Roofing: The Tapco Group - InSpire

Elevator: ThyssenKrupp Access

Caulk: GE Sealants

Plan and estimating services: Simpad Inc.

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