Joan McDorman


November 2016

Project type

Home Remodel


Theta Homes


Custom Home

Our very first Custom Design-Build High-performance home project.

This home has many upscale features and upgrades.

The exterior sheathing is 1" insulated ZIP R-sheathing by Huber, adding more insulation value and preventing thermal bridging. We are the first contractor to use this product in Richmond area, as unofficially verified by Huber representative.

Master bath was designed to accommodate wheel chair access with curbless linear drain and expanded space for toilet with grab bars. Niches were created in the bathroom and in the shower area for display items and toiletries.

Entry door, all bedroom doors and sliding doors in the Great room are all 8' tall, which makes the space feel better and larger than normal. All windows, entry doors and sliding doors are by Pella that are super energy efficient and very easy to operate. 

90% of the lamps are LED. Under and over cabinet LED lights with dimmers in Kitchen and over shelf LED lights in built-in bookcases on either side of the fireplace. Remote control for fireplace and deck fans.

HVAC system was optimally sized with fresh air intake. Bathroom vents have a 0.3 sones rating to reduce noise. A home monitoring device was installed to see the energy usage in real time.

This home is EarthCraft certified and received a HERS score of 59 making it 41% more efficient than a similar code built home.

  • Area: 1,914 sf conditioned space; 3,611 sf total built out
  • Lot: Existing
  • Energy Efficient: EarthCraft certified with HERS score of 59
  • Bedrooms: 3 with Master bedroom suite
  • Bathrooms: 2 1/2
  • Garage: 2 car
  • Ceiling: 9'
  • Kitchen Counter top: Granite
  • Flooring: Bamboo; Carpet in bedrooms, Tiles in bathrooms. 3/4" Advantech by Huber sub-flooring


Services provided

Energy Efficient Custom Homes

At Theta Homes we specialize in building energy-efficient, EarthCraft certified homes. If you are looking to have a custom home built, but the environment and how we leave our planet for future generations is important to you, then building a high-performance, energy-efficient custom home makes sense.

Kitchen Remodeling

If remodeling your kitchen is on your list of to-do items, you are in the right place. Theta Homes has extensive experience designing and remodeling kitchens. The kitchen is the centerpiece of your home.  While you want it to be attractive you also want it to be highly functional and eco-friendly.  Theta Homes understands this and strives to deliver design advice that best combines both form and function into a kitchen that you will love.

Home Additions

Thinking of adding an eco-friendly addition to your home? Theta Homes is an experienced green home builder and home additions contractor that designs and builds additions of all types. Whether you are looking to add a family room, expand the kitchen or create a master suite, adding an addition to your home is a great way to add additional living space and increase the value of your home.