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Sunlight Homes – Passive Solar, Super Insulated Custom SIP Home Design

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What is a Sunlight Home?


A Sunlight home is a state-of-the-art, attractive, energy efficient, superior quality, green custom home. Sunlight homes are thoughtfully designed to fit the way you live, your building site and your budget. We carefully balance the art and science of residential architecture to create homes that are as beautiful as they are scientifically advanced. We combine a deep understanding of timeless residential design philosophies with the latest proven building technologies and practices to create custom homes in almost any architectural style that are wonderfully comfortable and energy efficient. Sunlight homes can be found across the country from California to Virginia and most states in between. Sunlight homes are designed and built according to the latest evidence-based building science to be as durable, low maintenance, comfortable and energy efficient as possible while ensuring a healthy, non-toxic living environment for its occupants. Every Sunlight home is…

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Our Component Package


Sunlight Homes has been on the leading edge of high performance, custom home design and construction since 1975. In order to better control quality, predictability, cost, comfort and energy efficiency, we created our Component Package of services and materials. Our Component Package includes comprehensive architectural and structural design services tailored for the super insulating, pre-fabricated components that create the insulated exterior shell of the home. This insulated shell consists of polyurethane structural insulated panels (SIPs) manufactured by The Murus Company, and Pella’s high performance triple pane windows. We specialize in designing homes that take full advantage of the materials we supply and are therefore able to offer our clients a higher level of predictably and quality control. The design and shell of a home are the most critical components to…

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Our Design Process


Every Sunlight home is custom designed to perfectly fit our clients’ needs, building site and budget. In order to kick off the design process we begin by meeting with our clients at their building site. This two day site visit gives us the opportunity to get familiar with the property and help our clients choose the most ideal building location and orientation. These early design meetings also give us a chance to get to know our clients in order to better understand their goals and vision for their new home. Prior to the site visit we ask our clients to fill out our Pre-design Worksheets that we use during the site visit to facilitate our early design discussions. Based on these worksheets and our discussions, we begin by creating bubble diagrams. These early diagrams allow us to explore the basic relationships of the different rooms within…

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SIPS


Completion of the design process with Sunlight Homes results in a comprehensive set of construction drawings that contain information needed by your builder to obtain a building permit and build the home. Our clients choose a local builder to work with, but we are happy to be part of the process. We typically encourage our clients to start looking for a builder soon after the design process starts so we can engage any potential builders in the design process. This has multiple benefits, such as providing helpful insight into the local building industry and customs. It also give our clients a chance to work with these potential builders a bit before signing a contract in order to get a feel for who they are and how they operate. By the time the plans are finished it is much easier to determine…

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Sunlight's Pricing


A fundamental component of our business and design philosophy is being upfront and clear about our prices and your budget. By addressing budget early and directly we are able to ensure that we design a home that our clients can afford. By specializing in the design of homes based on the systems and materials provided in our Component Package, we are able to estimate the cost of construction more accurately. We use our sophisticated Cost Estimate Worksheet to generate our Component Package cost as well as to create accurate turnkey cost estimates. This Cost Estimate Worksheet analyses more information than is accounted for in more typical cost estimates, such as site slope, roof pitch, sizes of porches and decks, etc. We take budget very seriously in the design of our homes and this is why…

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