The Perry home is located on a mesa overlooking the Santa Re, New Mexico prairie. The home is off-the-grid and was designed to be completely self-sustainable. Electrical power is supplied by a 100 square foot array of photo voltaic cells. The heating is passive solar designed to heat the home for three consecutive cloudy days without relying on the auxiliary, in-slab radiant heating. In this very dry climate water is scarce. Large cisterns are located around the home to store snow-melt and rainwater for potable water use during dry months. Grey water effluent from the on-site septic system is used for irrigation and to flush toilets.
*The out-of-pocket construction costs were augmented by the owners’ sweat equity.