8316 Carefree Drive, Carefree AZ

This distinctive home was meticulously constructed by its owner, a carpenter and builder with over 35 years of experience in energy efficient and solar homes. Offered for sale by Helen Calvin from ReMax Fine Properties, 480-650-5353. This was my favorite home to shoot out of all the properties that I have shot.

8316 Carefree Drive, Carefree Feature Details


Modern energy efficient desert dwelling with allergen minimizing coverings
Solid mass and super insulation
Large shading overhangs
Earth berming and earth sheltered walls
Recessed low e, dual pane Anderson windows and doors.
Insulated deep foundations walls
Insulated radiant slabs
Masonry mass interior walls.
Low maintenance tile and wood floors
Reflective foam roof
Passive solar clerestory windows provide winter light and avoids summer sun.
Triple glazed skylights provide daylight, minimizing electric light use during daylight hours.
Solid 8” block wall with 4” foam exterior and interior foam creating 16” thick walls
Imaginative lot siting allows maximum privacy, needing no window covering yet gives wonderful desert views.
Expertly placed windows and doors channel natural cool air throughout home.
Upper level makes great office, game room or guest bedroom. Huge upper patio offers sunning, star gazing and expansive views for entertaining.
Massive 12” thick masonry retaining walls
Landscape lighting
Large paver driveway and walkways under shade cover.
Oversized 3 car garage with 8’ high doors
Floor safe and huge “live-in” closets

3 Bedrooms includes:
Master bedroom with large full bath and closet
Den/media room
Exercise room/bedroom with hall bath
Third bedroom suite with attached full bath and walk-in closet
Half bath off kitchen near garage
Upstairs full bath and large bedroom/office/playroom with separate exterior entrance

Large Exterior patio gas fireplace
Additional patio off back bedrooms
RV parking area
Pull through front yard parking area
Cherry cabinetry, beautiful granite countertops in entertaining kitchen
Travertine granite floors in living room and walkways.
Maple floor in kitchen and exercise room
Hickory floor in master bedroom.
Loads of storage

8316 Carefree Drive, Carefree Feature Details


Two Rheem 12 SEER- high efficiency heat pumps: a 3 ton and a 2.5 ton
Ductwork is under insulation, not in hot attic space. Ducts are rigid metal with seams sealed.
Upper level has separate Daiken super efficient mini-split heat pump. Upper level also has separate high speed internet cable and telephone.
Heating is primarily Radiant slab, hot water in closed loop powered by dedicated water heater
Fireplace is BIS (Built in Stove) Panorama EPA approved wood burning stove with catalytic converter for clean wood burning.
Ceiling fans throughout and patio is wired for ceiling fans
All piping in the house is copper and all hot water is insulated
Hot water loops have recirculating pumps for instant hot water and big water savings.
A grey water distribution system automatically pumps normally wasted water to the trees.
A 1500 gallon rainwater tank is tied into landscape irrigation system.
The house is roughed in for solar hot water.
A 3800 watt solar photovoltaic electric system reduces need for electric grid power.
220 wiring in garage for equipment use
Prewired for extra oven in garage and patio
Pre-planned and wired for outdoor kitchen
Gas or electric dryer availability
Reverse Osmosis water system
Soft water treatment
Quality, privacy, rock solid, super efficient

Special Energy Efficient features

3.7kw high efficiency solar electric panels
See attached APS bills
Roughed-in for solar hot water
Many energy efficient features minimizing power requirements:
Insulated foundation minimizing heat loss at the perimeter.
Insulated radiant slab and earth bermed and earth sheltered
Masonry mass wall in living room to maintain heat in winter, and cooling in summer
Double pane low e glass Anderson windows and doors.
Solid masonry walls with foam insulation totaling 16”
Roof insulated at R48 with fully insulated rigid metal ducts in under insulation.
BIS (Built In Stove) EPA approved wood burning fireplace that circulates warmed air into master bedroom and den.
Deep (18 foot) overhang on west facing window and landscaping to reduce solar gain in summer.

This home was built to minimize allergens without carpeting and other dust catching features.
The radiant slab (in floor) heat provides gentle, even heat preventing the need for blowing dry air in the winter. In fact, the owners only turned on the furnace once, to test it, and kept the house at a steady 70°F.
Summer electric bills averaged $100/month due to the solar power assist and energy efficiency of the house. Summer temperature was kept at 75°F average.

Kitchen features
6 burner gas stove
Hot water pot filler at stove
Water is softened and there is Reverse Osmosis (RO) water at kitchen sink.
Large KitchenAide custom paneled refrigerator with RO water and ice in the door
Special lift cabinet for large mixer and appliance garage with outlets inside.
Large central island with power outlets on both sides.
Large pantry adjacent to kitchen with utility sink and laundry

Other eco features
A gray water distribution system automatically pumps normally wasted water (washing machine, water softener and RO system) to the trees.
Rainwater collection tank (1500 gallons) used for watering trees
Radiant slab is heated with second dedicated water heater.
Hot water recirculation pump reduces time to get hot water, saving water. Hot water piping is insulated.
Triple glazed skylights and clerestory windows for natural day lighting, minimizes electric light use
Reflective foam roof
Extensive patios and desert shade trees

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