PROJECTS

Big Thunder

Built: 2003

Location: Reno, Nevada

Recipient of the 2006 RENEWABLE ENERGY and CONSERVATION HONORS (REACH) AWARD

Big Thunder is a 3,107 square foot custom home located just off of the Mount Rose Highway in Reno, Nevada.  This residence is zero-energy and ecologically sustainable. It incorporates both passive and active sustainable design strategies with the intention of coming from and working with the land.

A three bedroom, two and one-half bath home with an office loft and shop space, Big Thunder incorporates recycled timbers for the main structure of the living room area and natural stone from the site was used for retaining walls and feature walls inside the house.  Radiant floors, juniper flooring, a solar array, and a grey water system are just several of the sustainable features incorporated into the design.

The house was designed to take full advantage of the spectacular views of Mount Rose and as well be a house to be lived in, with comfortable spaces and clean lines.  This house is frequently on solar home tours as an excellent example of the owners’ desire to live sustainably.