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2011 - Volume 1 Issue 2
Casas Bonitas
Feature Home
Article: Charlotte Tallman
Photos: Bill Faulkner
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The house that sits on 4343 Calle Bonita is a combination of signature style and the future of green building – something Schueller Homes was hoping for when they started building the home in 2009.

“We decided to follow the National Association of Homebuilders Build Green New Mexico program,” Kyle Schueller, operations manager for Schueller Homes, says. “It is a well recognized program for residential construction, and as a certification, has many benefits for both the customer and builder.”


Design and Build:
Schueller Homes
Dale Schueller
Kyle Schueller

Builders Source

Bathroom and
Kitchen Fixtures:
Las Cruces Winnelson

Cabinets and
Lighting Fixtures:
Kitchen Kraft

Rawson Builders Supply

Flooring and Tile:
Malooly’s Carpet City

Interior Decor:
Kathy Faubion

Evergreen Lawnscapes

Windows and Doors:
Rawson Builders Supply
The house is 2,250 sq.-ft. with a 623 sq.-ft. covered patio and a 458 sq.-ft. garage. The three bedroom, two bathroom home features a master bedroom suite with an attached seating area and a great room with a breakfast nook off to the side and a large fireplace with stacked stone veneer and a wood mantel.

“Looking toward the future as a company we’ll make a strong effort to promote green building, not only in our homes but in the area. I personally feel by making people aware of the benefits of green building, both to the environment and their pocket books, through our homes and our effort on green building, we’re making our own little contribution to society. It’s a good feeling,” says Kyle, the lead on green building within Schueller Homes who works with his father Dale Schueller, the founder. Both are fully licensed contractors.

One of the large incentives that prompted Schueller Homes to pursue green building is the state’s tax credit program. By achieving certification through Build Green New Mexico or the LEED for Homes programs the state will offer a tax credit in varying amounts depending on the certification level.

“The amount of tax credits offered by the state is very aggressive and offers a lot of incentives to build green homes,” Kyle says. By focusing on construction and product details meeting the Build Green New Mexico program requirements, Schueller Homes achieved a Silver level certificate, allowing a minimum of a $10,000 tax credit. “This tax credit is passed along to our customers and it is very flexible, allowing the customer to take advantage of the credit in several ways,” Kyle says. “The other notable benefit to the customer, in addition to the tax credit, is the significant savings in monthly utility bills. As a company we want to offer our customers a real value.”

The Schueller Homes build green process starts with steps like spray foam combined with fiberglass insulation that creates an air barrier, incorporating Low-E skylights and solar tubes to utilize the natural light but reduce solar heat gain, and a roof covered in an Energy Star rated modified elastomeric membrane roof coating.

Also, in their process is the consideration of water heater placement. Schueller Homes positions their water heaters in the home in a way that allows pipe lengths to be kept to a minimum, which reduces how long it takes to get hot water and reduces the amount of water used. Low flow toilets also maintain lower water usage in the home and a tankless hot water heater and automatic water shut off leak detection systems are included.

“The largest contributing factor to building green is creating an ‘air tight’ home, but many people forget that it is possible to make a home too tight. In these cases indoor air quality can become a significant issue and must be addressed with continuous air exchange,” Kyle says. That air exchange is controlled by continuous ventilation fans that remove any contaminants and help keep the home completely comfortable.

These efforts to focus on style and green building are currently available in their Las Montanas product, which is a series of eight different home plans, each with three elevation offerings. All can be completely customized, and are offered in both “Green Build” and “Standard” construction configurations. Schueller Homes can also offer completely customized floor plans incorporating green building. ///
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