Gallery: Energy Star Homes

Bachman Builders was one of the first local builders to join the EPA Energy Star program. Many builders soon followed but quickly dropped out of the program as the requirements and standards became more difficult to meet. Still, many builders say that they build to Energy Star standards, but do not submit to the testing and do not achieve certification. (This is like someone claiming to be a doctor even though they did not pass their boards.)

We embrace the EP Energy Star program and are proud that every one of our homes exceeds Energy Star requirements. We are very aware of indoor air quality and take measures to ensure that our homes are as comfortable for our clients as they are energy efficient. Acknowledging that there is an increased, upfront investment following Energy Star standards, we still firmly believe that education and teamwork with all our trades, and a desire for constant improvement creates a very rewarding payback for our clients.

The goal of our client was to combine authentic Craftsman architecture with a modern open floor plan and to do so with energy efficient excellence.  Some of the energy saving features included foam under the basement perimeter, a flash and batt insulation package featuring 1” of sprayed closed cell insulation, duel low E glass in the windows and a multi stage furnace. These features yielded an Energy Star HERS rating of 57.

Our client wanted Craftsman architecture, but wanted to stand out from the many other homes that have recently been built in this genre. We invested a lot of time and effort into the front porch, since that is the essence of a Craftsman home. Instead of typical plumb stone bases with tapered wood columns above, we built tapered stone bases, capped them with 4” stone to add mass, and then added double straight wood columns above. By making them stained cedar, we completed the desired natural Craftsman look.  We also carried feel of the stained cedar post and beams to the rear porch.

To avoid the modern look of a large attached garage, we slid the front of the house toward the garage, centering it better on the front elevation. This also allowed a window to be added to the front of the stairwell and created a very interesting left side elevation.

We carried the craftsman look into the interior, with the grille pattern in the windows including the diagonal windows over the front porch. The interior trim was oversized flat base and casing, and we antiqued a block of cedar for the mantle. We mirrored the stone fireplace in the great room with a stone cooking center and island in the kitchen.

We carried the feel of the porch beams into the master bedroom ceiling with a coffered beam system. The master bathroom had furniture type vanities and a walk in shower with a large seat.