The family room features an exposed brick wall but no fireplace, Alvarez says, because conventional units can be extremely inefficient and drafty.
The kitchen boasts Energy Star appliances and custom cabinets made of Lyptus, a rapidly renewable, farmed hardwood.
The detached two-car garage holds a second-floor bedroom and bathroom. The home’s Pella Architect series low-E windows feature HurricaneShield glass, which can withstand an impact equivalent to a 2x4 traveling at 50 feet per second, the company says.
The house is tightly wrapped in several layers of insulation, including Owens Corning Foamular rigid foam and Fi-Foil’s M-Shield.
A 1,200-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater from the roof and air conditioning condensate for irrigation.