The Garden House - Ultra Green Sustainable Comfort Home

The Garden House, an Ultra Green Sustainable Comfort Home located in Downtown St. George, Utah, completed in 2010, proves that Green design leads to more comfortable living year after year.

The Garden House is comprised of approx. 2000sf including 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with upgraded furnishings and finishes and many value added Ultra-Green features.  It is designed by local award winning and published Architect David Hansen.  It includes a tandem 2 car garage, ample entertaining area, a luxury master suite, front porch and back patio amenities.  The Home is located within St. George’s Residential City Center District.  Its Traditional Exterior Architectural Style and detail is in support of  the goals of the Downtown District, while it’s interior is clean and modern supporting green living strategies.

The Garden House Site was carefully chosen for it’s inherent green features:

* It’s close proximity to the Downtown St. George Core and its shopping, restaurants, museums, parks and other amenities.

* Its large existing shade trees for protection from summer sun.

*It’s existing on-site spring for non-potable water uses.

* It’s solar access to southeastern sun.

The home is configured to support a future on-site photovoltaic system and or Solar Hot Water collection and may participate in the cities Sun Smart Green energy program. The home has been carefully designed from the ground up to take “passive” advantage of available on-site solar, shading, and ventilation and natural lighting opportunities. Building overhangs, skylights, windows, insulation and mass walls have been orchestrated for maximum performance.

Other Green features include: Energy Star Windows, Energy Star Kitchen Appliances, Renewable wall and ceiling finish materials, Renewable cabinet materials, Low flow and dual flush plumbing fixtures, Energy efficient LED lighting components, Energy conserving HVAC system including in floor radiant heating and highly zoned mini-split AC units, Tankless gas water heating, Mass wall design and exposed floors assists heating and cooling, Exterior Landscape and overhangs for summer shading, Added Insulation in both walls and ceilings,

Exterior Slab Insulation, No V.O.C. interior paint and finish products, Skylighting and careful arrangement of ventilation and vision glazing, Durable recycled composite Countertops, Durable roofing and exterior finish materials.

In-house recycling center, Renewable or recycled, durable and easily cleanable flooring materials, Green Building Practices including Construction waste recycling, Xeriscape landscape components connected to Artesian on-site spring, Rainwater Collection and storage, No site development on back half nature area, On-site retention of Stormwater

A to Z of Energy Saving Tips

Let’s make going Green a little more fun. We will give you green living tips all the way from A to Z.

Alternative Fuels – Research different types of fuel before purchasing a new car. Hydrogen can now be used to power newer models, along with other diverse fuels. Cars don’t only run . . . → Read More: A to Z of Energy Saving Tips

Go Green with your Burial


Some green living advocates are taking things beyond the limit, or at least beyond their Lifespan. This act of eco consciousness will potentially have a huge impact over time.

Green burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that furthers legitimate ecological aims such as the conservation of natural . . . → Read More: Go “Green” with your Burial

Energy Efficient Lighting Ideas For The Office


The average office worker spends at least one third of his day in the office, almost half a day in the home office. Proper lighting is crucial for the overall health, mood and positive output of the office worker. There is a push underway to eliminate incandescent lighting by the year 2014 in the . . . → Read More: Energy Efficient Lighting Ideas For The Office

Living Green with Preventive Self Care


At Hansen Lifestyle we are focused on developing reliable, easily duplicatable techniques for

Resetting your Health, Turning back the Clock, and Transforming your Life.

Anyone can do it. It isn’t hard or complicated, but improving nutritional & physical conditioning using the right modern tools is critical as we take charge of our own preventive . . . → Read More: Living Green with Preventive Self Care

Plan an Environmentally Friendly Move to Your New Home

It’s good to be green. Although when it comes to moving house we can sometimes overlook the effects that our actions have on the environment. Read on to find some useful tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint and how to make the most use out of items you may have previously considered . . . → Read More: Plan an Environmentally Friendly Move to Your New Home

Tips on how to find an energy efficient property

When buying a home, securing an energy efficient property can save you money in the long run. You will be able to make a significant saving on your energy bills, and you can be proud in the fact that you will be doing your bit for the environment. You should consider a home which . . . → Read More: Tips on how to find an energy efficient property

Decorating Green for the Holidays

When it comes to holiday decorating it is not hard to go green! After all, it is one of the signature colors of the season. Going green with holiday decorating is a snap. From the Christmas tree to the lights to the table settings there are so many ways to decorate with the environment . . . → Read More: Decorating Green for the Holidays

Why Are Living Walls So Popular?


A trend that has been growing in popularity as of late is the use of using plant life as a covering for walls whether they are inside or out. Using plants as decor is nothing new, but more and more people and businesses are beginning to use them to cover an entire surface . . . → Read More: Why Are Living Walls So Popular?

Eco Principles for Home Design

Architect Michelle Kaufmann presents 5 principles of Green Design. In this video Michelle explains her first EcoPrinciple, Smart Design, and ways that you can incorporate this green building concept into your home.

You can find more of Michelle’s videos HERE