CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — From planning stages to construction, the award-winning team at Visionary Homes is on a mission to make the entire home building process as efficient as possible without ever sacrificing quality.
Visionary houses are built to last a lifetime. Barrett Nelson, president of the company, said they are committed to providing a high standard of construction in southern Utah as close to perfection as possible.
Visionary Homes uses its “Tight Fit Method” to maximize comfort and energy efficiency by reducing air leakage to an absolute minimum. They bond all of the lower and upper plates of a home’s framing as well as drywall and exterior siding. They also install a rubber gasket around anything that penetrates exterior walls, such as pipe bibs and gas lines.
Most builders in southern Utah don’t see the need to use Tyvek house wrap because of the dry climate, Nelson said. However, Visionary Homes installs Tyvek because it lets the house breathe. Tyvek is a one-way barrier that allows moisture from the kitchen, shower and other aspects of everyday life to escape as needed while blocking out the outside elements.
“What we’ve built Visionary Homes on is quality and attention to detail, both in the finishes and in the places you can’t see,” Nelson said. “We are constantly trying to keep up with trends and new products to make our homes better, more energy efficient and more livable.”
Nelson lives in Logan but also owns a home in Desert Color: the 2,487 square foot Mojave plan. Like all two-story models that Visionary Homes builds in southern Utah, it is equipped with an HVAC system that cools the upstairs and downstairs living areas separately. Air conditioners and all other appliances are selected to meet energy efficiency standards for the size of the home.
“Even knowing what we’re doing to build these homes, I was amazed at how low my utility bills are,” he said.
Adam Ritter, vice president of operations for Visionary Homes, said the company uses R-19 fiberglass insulation in all new construction. Although more cost effective than blown or foam products – which are offered to buyers as an extra – they are more than enough to keep the house properly insulated using the “tight fit method”. Fiberglass works best when encapsulated and sealed on all six sides.
Visionary Homes installs low-e double glazed windows with argon gas insulation and a U-factor of 0.32. Low-E 366 glass is also an option, and Ritter recommends enhanced solar control for southwest-facing homes.
“We are very committed to providing people with not only a tight and efficient home, but we also believe in providing them with a healthy home,” he added.
Visionary Homes is currently built in four distinct southern Utah communities, each suited to a different type of shopper. Enjoy a resort lifestyle at Desert Color, where you can choose from condos, townhouses, or single family homes. Get closer to nature at Divario, nestled among miles of trails near Green Valley. Family-friendly amenities abound at Warner Gateway, just off the Southern Parkway, while Azalea townhouses in Ivins offer gorgeous red rock views at accessible prices.
With a commitment to high-end craftsmanship and thoughtful design, Visionary Homes builds homes buyers are proud to call home. During the year 2021 The Best of Southern Utah contest, voters awarded the company a gold ribbon in the homebuilder category and silver among real estate companies.
Unlike many planned developments where developers pay every penny, Visionary Home’s neighborhoods are lifestyle focused. Logan-based developers Jeff Jackson and Justin Cooper started the company in 2004 and made it the third-largest homebuilder in the state. Visionary Homes is wholly owned and operated by people who live and work in Utah.
Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.
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