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Take a photo tour of the Zero Energy Casita, photos credit of Travis Laminack Photography.

Front view of Casita   Exterior Side view of Casita   Exterior front-side view of Casita   Rain barrels at Casita   Interior view of Casita's living area   Interior view of Casita's kitchen

Casita interior door   Casita bath   casita bedroom   Casita living area   Casita Kitchen using old barn wood   Casita kitchen   Casita bath

Exterior picture of Casita   Exterior Picture of Casita   Exterior Casita Picture   Exterior Casita Picture   Exterior Casita Picture

Wind Turbine

A Skystream 45' tall wind turbine was installed onsite to work in tandem with the local utility company to provide the Casita's power. When there is no wind, the utility company supplies their electricity. But when it's windy outside, the Skystream pivots to catch the best wind and provides clean, quiet electricity.

Casita's wind power generator   Installation of Casita's wind power generator   Installation of Casita's wind power generator   Casita's wind power generator   Casita's wind power generator    

Installation of Casita's wind power generator   Casita's wind power generator   Casita's wind power generator   Casita's wind power generator  


Windows & Roof

Weathershield Zo-e-shield 5 windows supplied by DeFord's are energy efficient windows that protect furnishings from sun damage and reduce the need for exterior cleaning.  The standing seam metal roof reflects 70% of the sun, thereby minimizing the amount of heat transferred into the home's envelope. 

Weathershield windows    Windows-side view   Porch with windows & roof installed   Front view   Rear view of Casita and it's metal roof

Reclaimed Barn Siding and Beams

Reclaimed wood siding and beams from deconstructed barns were installed as the Casita's exterior siding and for most interior wood beams. If you look closely, you can even see specks of red paint still on some pieces.

Reclaimed barn wood   more reclaimed barn wood   Casita barn boards- variations   Reclaimed barn wood for Casita's siding   Installation of barn siding

Siding installed - side view   Siding installed - rear view   More interior applications of barn beams   Great room   Great room after sheetrock



The installation of FischerSIPS structural insulated panels for the Casita's exterior walls and roof provides superior insulation, strength, minimizes sound and optimizes comfort.  Advanced framing techniques were incorporated in all interior framing.

Setting SIP wall panel   SIP wall panel with window opening   West SIP wall   Advanced frming for interior walls   TR Framing incorporating advanced framing     

Roof overhang & SIP wall connector   SIP roof - front view   Lake vista   Rear elevation   SIP Electrical Chase

Barn fascia   Roof & Fascia detail   Tyvek HomeWrap, reclaimed barn wood   Front elevation with porch   Side elevation

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)   SIP side wall   SIP wall and roof   SIP roof installation- rear view   Porch framing



The Casita's placement on the site was based on passive solar considerations and positioned around existing trees, all the while capturing the best vistas of the nearby lake. Excess lumber and sheetrock is mulched on site, which will later be used in landscaping. Plastics, metals, cardboard, and more are recycled, resulting in 80% reduction in job site waste.

Form boards set   Water well rig   Plumbing rough-in using PEX 7 tree protection   Finishing foundation   Completed slab

View of lake   Recycling bins set up   Mulch from excess lumber & tree trimmings

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Thanks to all that came out and took part in the Zero Energy Casita open home tours. We hope that you had fun, found inspiration and maybe even learned something along the way.