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Lightfoot Inc. Home

Northern New Mexico Best In Show

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Built & specified by the Lightfoot inc, this home was built with the intention to create a “super-natural home”. It uses an absolute minimum of concrete and plastic foam insulation, with a rubble trench foundation, timber frame and light straw-clay exterior walls.
Scott Cherry family home

The ceilings were insulated with blown-in cellulose to R-90 and the energy detailing was done with great care to ensure a tight building envelope. The floors are brick on sand and earth, over pumice. Interior partition walls are unfired clay brick and the interior plaster and exterior stucco are all natural clay-sand earthen mixes. The home is heated via its passive solar design features, along with a masonry heater that uses ½ to ¾ of a cord of wood per year.

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Builder Scott Cherry and his family reside in this home and are constantly testing the efficiency and durability of its design and natural construction. Scott notes, "We have yet to use the supplemental radiant heat in 89% of the house; radiant heat comes on in the bathrooms for 2 to 4 months in the mornings with the thermostat set at 68°F in the winter. The heating bills are roughly $25 per month. It’s kept cool in the summer with passive air-flow strategies."

Check out more Lightfoot inc. work at their website... ...and the house on Renovation Nation video, below.

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