MLDG Home For Sale

                           2404 Square Foot Traditional Brick Ranch with 2209 Heated Square Feet.

                          Attached 736 Heated Square Feet, Two-car Garage plus Workshop.

                          17.623 Acres with Pastures, Woods, Streams, Springs, and  Views of the Brushy Mountains.

                          One+ hours from Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Hickory

                          $375,000

                          By appointment only – 704-592-2214

Our “Mean Lean Dream Green Home” in New Hope Township in Iredell County, North Carolina was completed at the end of 2009. Our home has been certified as the third home in the state to achieve the Platinum Level LEED for Homes™ certification and the second home in the state to achieve the Gold Level NAHB National Green Building Standard™ certification. According to the Department of Energy’s E-Scale, our home’s 52 HERS rating is indicative of the fact that this “average home” will use about half the energy of a home built to code, thus resulting in our home being one of 2,500 homes nationwide to meet the Builders Challenge™. Our home is also Energy Star™.

In order to achieve these high-level certifications, we incorporated features that focused on sustainable living, water and energy efficiency, the use of environmentally preferred products, recycled material and local, healthy, hypo-allergenic products.

Our traditional ranch home is a “mean” average size, 2404 square feet and incorporates many of the “desired” features for the typical home of the future as described by the National Association of Home Builders. Our home has four bedrooms, two of which currently serve as our offices, French doors that open to the living space, two bathrooms, an open living space with kitchen, eating area and family room, a screened porch, expansive rear patio and front porch. Our large 736 square feet, heated, two-car garage also includes a workshop, equipped with 400amp service. We also chose to use a “cradle to grave” and universal design so many of the features in the home are elderly-friendly and hand-capped accessible.

We incorporated “lean” features as well. Our home faces True South and utilizes passive solar technologies. It was designed with the proper-sized overhangs, so that the winter sun comes through the front windows but the summer sun does not. We also chose to use a concrete floor in the house which acts as a heat sink, collecting heat during the day and throwing heat off at night in the winter months. Our average monthly utility bill with an exceptionally hot summer and cold winter was $72.30.

In addition, the south facing exposure, allowed for the easy installation of two solar panels which heat over 85% of our hot water. Likewise, our water distribution system uses a centralized manifold allowing for ease of maintenance. In addition, our landscaped gardens use native, drought-tolerant plants and shrubs as well as a 1,700 gallon BRAE™ rain-catchment system to achieve greater water conservation. 90% of the lot has been left as vegetative landscape which the neighboring farmer harvests to feed his cattle!

We chose to purchase Kohler™ and American Standard fixtures that are very high-efficiency. The low-flow, WaterSense™ faucets are less than 1.5 gpms, showers are less than 1.75 gpms and the Dual Flush Toilets are less than 1.1 gpf. The water heater is a Rheem Energy Miser©.

The HVAC systems governing the heat and air conditioning as well as the ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) and the fans through-out the house were designed and installed keeping optimizing performance in mind. The garage is equipped with air conditioning and air exchange. Both bathrooms are equipped with a humidistat. The house has a Seer 16.5 Air to Air heat pump. The HVAC ductwork is constructed with solid galvanized pipe, wrapped with R-8 insulation and sealed with mastic. Each room has a cold air return for complete air exchanges resulting in better heating/cooling and eliminating dead air. We chose to use ClimatePro™, a Johns Manville blown-in fiberglass insulation product. The R-Factor in the attic is R-38 and R-29 in the walls. There is less than a 2 degree variation when the HVAC is turned off for 48 hours.

We believe that the combination of upgraded blown-in insulation, 2×6 finger-jointed studs, advanced framing techniques, exterior foam sheathing, radiant barrier roof sheathing and the overall tightness of the structure made for our high-performance, energy-efficiency home. Our Blower Door test yielded one of the lowest scores on record.

Our traditional brick ranch uses 92% recycled brick on the exterior and fireplaces. What appears to be a simple fireplace between the living space and the master bedroom is a Lennox™ model, with outside air supply, which has helped to heat the house as well. All paints, primers, caulking, sealers, glues are No or Low-VOC. The ceiling fans in each room are Energy Star™ and all light fixtures use compact fluorescent bulbs. The appliances all exceed the Energy Star ™ standards.

We are very proud of the decision that we made with respect to the green kitchen. While visiting a cabinet-maker, we noticed pieces of wood on the floor. When we inquired about the wood, we were told that it was Ambrosia Maple, a “scrap” wood that is used for interior furniture, not as cabinet doors. We both loved the unusual markings and patterns in the wood. We eventually convinced our cabinet maker to not only use the wood on kitchen cabinet doors but on the fireplace mantles and bathroom cabinet as well.

Additional kitchen features include: stainless steel Energy Star™ Whirlpool Gold appliances, Wilson Art kitchen counters that are locally produced with no-urea formaldehyde adhesives, kitchen cabinet boxes that are Pure Bond Plywood Columbia Forest Products, locally produced with no-urea formaldehyde adhesives and kitchen cabinet doors that are Ambrosia Maple, locally grown with no-urea formaldehyde adhesives or finishes.

Our traditional home with attention to details not only satisfies our dream but the new American Dream . . . a home that is affordable, attractive, high quality and low maintenance, as well as sustainable, efficient high-performing, healthy and hypo-allergenic!