The Queen Anne Victorian model was designed by Newport Beach, Calif.-based Bassenian Lagoni Architects.
Sited on a corner lot, the house features a detached garage, which keeps the indoor air of the house cleaner and results in less space that needs heating and cooling.
The Branford is built with advanced framing techniques and uses 2x6 studs set at 24 inches as opposed to 2x4s at 16 inches. Composite trim and fiber-cement siding ensure a low-maintenance exterior.
The kitchen features 42-inch oak cabinets and granite countertops. Energy Star appliances are standard.
The builder sealed all ducts, located the runs in the conditioned spaces, and used blow-in fiberglass insulation for better thermal performance.
Comprehensive air sealing and a centrally located HVAC system ensures that the upper floors stay comfortable even in summer. The second-level ceilings measure 8 feet.