"Looking South over Quail Manor"
"Front Elevation"
"Front Elevation"
"Rear Pergola"
"Rear Pergola, Garage access from back yard, Solar Panels and service"
"Pergola Detail"
"In bar looking towards main living area"
"At the cooktop looking towards bedroom."
"Kitchen with floor to ceiling Ikea Cabinets."
"Kitchen counter and bar."
"Barn door detail"
"Nest Thermostat"
"Control center inside garage."
"Pergola brace stainless steel cable detail."
"Before and After photos from same vanage point - Photo by S.Berthe"
"Solar Array - Photo by S.Berthe"


The Quail Manor is a small but special kind of project. With a grand total of 860 gross square feet The Quail Manor is loaded with loads of “green” features and outdoor living spaces. The original house was built in the mid-60’s and was completely infested with termites and neglect. The entire home was re-built on the existing foundations and a garage was added. The roof line was reworked to follow the natural grade of the site and to allow for the southern roof slope to have greater area for solar panels and a solar hot water collector. A corrugated metal roof, 2x2 steel pergola trellis, Barn doors, Ikea kitchen cabinets, and exposed concrete floors bring a contemporary aesthetic to this remodel. Green features include a 2.5Kw roof mounted solar array, gray water plumbing, 2,500 gallon water harvesting cistern, real time weather sensing Sky Drop irrigation controller, LED lighting, and passive landscape water harvesting and connections for a future hot water collector. The entire house is completely wired and automated so that you can live there without actually being there. Garage doors and entry locks can be controlled and opened via smart phone.

The owner blogged about his experience of building this project here. It certainly makes for an entertaining read and includes such great quotes as “The biggest small house you'll ever see” and “Makes you wonder what we were thinking. Hell, makes me wonder...”

Quail Manor was recently featured in the Arizona Daily Star's Home + Life which was published Sunday May 17, 2015. Read the article on-line or read the full page printed version by clicking (or right clicking and "save target as") on the photo below:

Home+Life Tucson Paper