Service Packages

Relocating to Boise, Idaho or the surrounding area?
Contact EarthCraft and we will connect you with a real estate agent to locate a choice property that works with passive solar design.

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New home building services

Offering custom home building solutions that range from top-of-the-line modern architecture to classic and contemporary styles. New home-buyers and current home-owners can co-create something truly unique with EarthCraft Construction LLC.

 
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Baseline Conventional Green Home

Our most affordable package. EarthCraft will work with you on your project no matter what the size to keep your vision and budget in alignment, while providing you an energy efficient, healthy home to live in.

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Conventional Green Home

When coming to an estimate for a custom home it is less about the square footage than it is about how the home is built. Invest in building a home to grow into, or one with high resale value. We offer long and short term cost saving solutions to make your dream home a reality.

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Straw Bale Home

A straw bale home comes closer to NetZero building design than any of our options. Straw is a readily available renewable resource that regenerates annually, and can be sourced locally. This home holds heat and cool, but “breathes.”

 
We LOVE our dwelling! Now that we’ve gotten settled, we continually admire all the details that were crafted just for us. I look forward to coming home every day now and so appreciate all the energy and creativity that went into its development.
— Gina Lockwood
 

Services for Idaho Home-Owners

For the current home-owner in the Boise area we offer the best in modern construction.

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Services Include:

  • Additions

  • Remodels

  • Mother-in-law

  • Custom studio

  • Renovation

ADA Compliance for Aging-in-Place

For elder homeowners who want to continue living in their home safety and security can be a growing concern, for individuals and the family. EarthCraft can accommodate in-home adjustments while maintaining the style and feel that is wanted.

 
 
Earthcraft did a fabulous job remodeling my home. We doubled the size of our home. The contractor was timely, honest, and used clean and green products.
— Jessica Hixson

EarthCraft Construction will utilize any of our building styles that can apply to your home expansion project. Call today to learn more (208)866-3325

 
 

Energy Saving Options

 
 
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Energy Star Certified

ENERGY STAR certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes.

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Advanced Technologies

Advanced framing

Ductless Mini-split Heat Pumps

Tankless Hot Water Systems

Radiant Floor Heat

Spray Soy Insulation

 
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Passive/Active Solar

EarthCraft Construction designs homes using passive solar principles to maximize the potential of the lot and house criteria. Extensive passive and active solar options are available to clients to meet their energy saving goals.

Affordable Solar solutions

Solar hot water | Solar thermal HVAC

 
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Clean Building

Clean building incorporates design elements and materials to remove environmental hazards by eliminating toxins and the “dirtiest” aspects of residential building, including: duct work, carpets, and crawl spaces. It also addresses ventilation & breath-ability, off-gassing & toxic materials.

 
 

DIY Consulting

For Those Who’ve Dreamed of Building Their Own Home

EarthCraft Construction President Mark (Ron) Hixson has been building homes in and around Boise, Idaho for more than 30 years. If you want to build something customized to your current home, matching architecture and craftsmanship, EarthCraft can guide you through the process.

 
Ron built our custom home. He took our design ideas and the attributes of the lot and designed a masterpiece of a home, fully suited for our lifestyle, plans for family, and budget.

Our home was built in an established neighborhood as well as in the flood plain. Ron was able to work with the city’s governing bodies and codes to make our dream home a reality.

Being working parents, we didn’t have the time to manage many aspects of the building process. We trusted Ron fully in management of the construction process and our home turned out beautiful. Ron was easy to work with, open to our ideas, and great with coming up with innovative and creative solutions.
— Brian and Jennifer Morgan
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Services include

Site analysis
Custom design review
Energy efficiency recommendations
Creating the process from foundation to roof
Safety review
Staying within code
Working with a crew to get it done right, on time, within budget

 
 

Baseline Green Home

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Our most affordable package. EarthCraft will work with you on your project no matter what the size to keep your vision and budget in alignment, while providing you an energy efficient, healthy home to live in.

A good starting home size is 2000-2500 sq ft. In most cases the cost of permitting and utility costs are the same as they would be for a smaller home. This size of a home also increases curb-appeal for future home sale. We call this the “baseline” because it does not factor in the cost of active solar elements such as solar power or solar heated water. We are also prepared to offer you the information needed for energy-saving air-circulation systems and thermal flooring. If we are able to situate your new home in a location suitable for the maximum passive solar/sun exposure we can work well within your budget.

 
 

Conventional Green Homes

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When coming to an estimate for a custom home it is less about the square footage than it is about how the home is built. Invest in building a home to grow into, or one with high resale value. We offer long and short term cost saving solutions to make your dream home a reality.

Our immediate and long-term cost saving methods include passive solar, using the best in modern insulation, windows and doors. Active solar, including photovoltaic solar panels and solar-heated water work to bring power to your home.

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40 years of experience, adaptable to your custom green home project!

The Style of Home You Want to Build is Only Limited by Your Imagination

Between Mark (Ron) Hixson and Jon Clark you will benefit from experience and applied skill from over 40 years of custom home design and building in Southwestern Idaho. Contact us today to begin the process of creating your dream home.

 
 

Straw Bale Home

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A straw bale home comes closer to NetZero building design than any of our options.
Straw is a readily available renewable resource that regenerates annually, and can be sourced locally. This home holds heat and cool, but “breathes.” Air moves through it, while the straw retains it.

 
 

Like a deer is able to stay warm all year, a straw bale home holds heat. The hair of a deer’s coat is hollow, and holds air, like the individual shafts of straw. Living in one of these homes is an unparalleled experience, some would say a spiritually aligned way to live in harmony with Nature.

The quality of insulation in a straw bale home is very effective, keeping energy costs down. Due to the natural elements used in the building process, straw bale homes are considered one of the healthiest home options we have come across. The walls are coated with earthen plaster, creating an environment to live in that feels and smells wonderful. There is no off-gassing of volatile-organic-compounds, common to newly built homes.

One way we can help you cut costs for this home type is in the labor.
Ask us about hosting a straw bale workshop for your project.

Learn more about EarthCraft’s straw bale homes in the Boise valley.

Many of the design/build homes EarthCraft has created can be re-imagined and built with straw bale.

You can trust that the necessary adjustments will be made architecturally, providing you the look and feel of any of these styles. With the added benefit of the natural living environment day in and day out.

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The Simonton House in Purdham, Nebraska. Built in 1908, the house remains standing today.

The Simonton House in Purdham, Nebraska. Built in 1908, the house remains standing today.

Straw bale homes date back to early settlement efforts in the Nebraska Sandhills where there was little wood to build with, or sod to create homes with. With the advent of the hay-baler people stacked straw bales for walls, placed a roof on top and learned how comfortable and effective this simple building method could be.

 
 
Photo Courtesy of Isaiah James Michael ( IJ ) David.  Unpsplash @ijdavid

Photo Courtesy of Isaiah James Michael ( IJ ) David. Unpsplash @ijdavid

Popular among musicians and those requiring quiet in the home, due to the thickness of the walls. Also ideal for creating a holistic healing environment or yoga studio.

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Photo Courtesy of Erik Brolin. Unsplash @erik_brolin

 

Bales of straw are compacted so tightly that once encased as walls and covered with earthen plaster the density makes them significantly more resistant to catching fire than conventional homes.

In tests performed by SHB Agra Labs to ASTM E-119 specifications, a plastered straw wall achieved an excess of a two hour fire rating, as temperatures averaging 1942 degrees F resulted in only a 10 degree rise in temperature on the opposite wall face after 120 minutes.
— Penn State Study

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