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Sunset Bungalow: Rachel & Mark

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Low profile nestled into the land. 3+ BR. 1 story. 1999 sf plus sun room.
 
The Sunset Bungalow is a simple but elegant passive solar home that is popular with builders for its ease of construction.  The sunny interiors with comfortable temperatures appeal to the senses, and the 270 views from the sun room delight everyone year-round!
 
Sunset Bungalow (Mirror Reversed)
by Mark Bighley Construction
 
This charming 3-bedroom (opt. 4), 2-bath bungalow makes the most of passive solar energy by smart placement of the home on available land, use of south-facing windows, and heat-absorbing, colored concrete floors.  Mark Bighley chose this pre-designed plan of ours to build as a spec home.
 
The small, custom designed windows and other colorful craftsman touches by Rachael Bighley illustrate that this builder also goes above and beyond the minimum in the delightful finishing details. They included a sun railing on the front porch.
 
This home saves energy by requiring less artificial light during the day and less heating and air conditioning all year long. Forty percent of the Sunset Bungalow’s heat is estimated to be supplied by the sun  for moderate climates. This home was ENERGY STAR certified by a H.E.R.S.(home energy rated services) Rater.
 
Features by Sun Plans and Mark Bighley Construction:
 
• 10 percent glass on the long, south wall
• Bright sky tubes that lighten interior spaces
• Selective north, east, and west windows to add balanced light and increase passive cooling
• Below-slab insulation underneath concrete slab on grade construction
• Colored, polished concrete floors to absorb sun’s heat
• Glass in South windows .59 SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) –using 59% of available sun’s heat
• Glass in North, East, West windows .33 SHGC (higher reflectivity keeps out unwanted sun)
• Sprayed foam insulation in ceiling and walls
• Blower door tested low air infiltration
• Energy Recovery Ventilator
• 3 ton 14 SEER Air conditioner
• 94 AFUE fuel-fired air distribution
• Programmable Thermostat
• Energy Star appliances, lights, fans
• Pre-plumbed for active solar
 
While saving energy was the goal, this home became “green” in other ways as well:
 
• Carport instead of garage to minimize dangerous air pollutants from vehicles, paint, or gasoline
• No VOCs: paints, sealants and solvents that contained no volatile organic compounds
• Metal roof designed to collect rainwater for use
• Vegetation cleared from the land was recycled for use in the final landscaping
• Ground cover, native grasses and flower seeds minimized the need for irrigation
 
Mark and Rachel had a hard time parting with the home. It sold just 2 weeks after being placed on the market.