Provide homes that go above and beyond the national and international standard for energy efficiency, durability, and air quality at an accessible price.


Sutter Homes recognizes the affordable housing issue that exists in La Plata County, and makes it their mission to put these homes in an accessible market for the eco-minded and energy-conscious. House by house, townhome by townhome, Sutter Homes is offering net postive, energy efficient, healthy homes at an unprecedented price.

You can expect the same, or a lower, dollar per square foot rate as an average non-efficient home. This means you don’t have to pay extra to reduce your carbon footprint. In fact, you’ll get paid to do so. With the average annual savings on a Zero Energy Ready home from Sutter Homes, you can expect to save upwards of $100,000 over the span of 30 years. Apply this money to your mortgage, a second home, an education-fund, or any other investment of your choice!

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Sutter Homes builds a great variety of energy efficient homes. While making energy efficient living available for the whole market is one of Sutter’s biggest missions, the team also constructs designs and builds larger, more intensive custom homes for anyone who is dreaming up their idyllic home that also incorporates energy efficiency. Whether you’re establishing your primary residence, or dreaming of a second home in La Plata County, Sutter Homes makes it happen.

Whatever your hopes and dreams are for your custom homes, whether it be a retirement home meant to welcome multiple generations or your first home for a blossoming family, Sutter Homes is ready to help make your home dreams come true.

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Here, you can see a Zero Energy Ready performance report on a house built by Sutter Homes. This home, which is a -11 on the HERS Score, produces annual savings of $2,922. That’s money in your pocket. For the full report and breakdown of cost savings and energy production, click here, or click on the image itself.

For this particular home, the home owners can expect these specific savings. This cost-saving, energy efficient home is the standard for Sutter Homes.

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We are extremely pleased with our custom-built home by Sutter Homes. First and foremost, the energy efficiency of the home is exceptional. Last LPEA bill was $13.80 and the Atmos gas bill was $28. The Zehnder ComfoAir for air exchange works beautifully and makes for a very comfortable inside environment. At first there was a problem with condensation, which was remedied with an additional insulation sleeve. Our builder promptly took care of that issue. All in all, Mike was very accomodating in assisting us with changes and modifications in design and materials. We highly recommend Sutter Homes if you're looking for a quality home built with today's energy efficiency in mind.- Sandy F.
The first time I met Mike was at the job site of our future home that he built. It was very apparent to me that this construction was very different, and he proceeded to give me some information on his unique approach to energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction living. I spent the next day on the internet and became convinced that the SHC vision was what my wife and I wanted. I have never lived in a house that did not have hot/cold zones but have been very pleased how the Zehnder ERV system “evens out” the “climate” in our house. In combination with the air filtration with this system and the use of zone based mini-splits, my wife and I are very happy with this very different experience as compared to our hydronic base board heating system from our former house. We regard ourselves as earth-friendly, and our current house from SHC fits our perspective—the fact that our utility bills are nearly non-existent doesn’t hurt either! We have taken our lot to a xeriscape point and would add this to the environmental reduction impact that appeals to us. Love the instant hot water!!- Gary S.
We love our home. We knew we wanted a builder that would be intentional and smart in the design, as well as make it beautiful. All the small details - the window quality, the insulation, the air filtration system, the layout - all of it added up, and now we have a home that will require very little maintenance over the years and has very low utility bills. Such a house made it possible for us to live in this beautiful city. Thanks for making that happen Sutter Homes!!- Summer
When Sutter Homes Co declares their homes being Net Zero, they really are. Their HERS ratings back up their claims. We were far more impressed with this home that exceeded any of our expectations.- Gary & Lorie S.
Zindher air filtration system replaces the homes air several times hourly with outside air, geothermally preheated and filtered through a HEPA filter to remove outside contaminants. Indoor air is maintained fresh and completely free of Radon buildup. If you have severe allergies or asthma this system would be tough to beat. The home has been built to exceed building construction requirements for many years to come.- Doug C.
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