High performance homes in Sacramento
and Davis, California

Energy efficient, midcentury modern custom home
Orangevale, CA

This custom-built, midcentury modern home is located in Orangevale, California. Its open design features a sloped roof, exposed beams and expansive glass walls that connect the home to its semi-rural surroundings. Van Gelder Construction worked with architects John Klopf and Geoffrey Campen of San Francisco-based Klopf Architecture. Our combined expertise ensured that the design and use of glass and other materials (inside and out) created a high-performance, energy efficient home able to withstand Sacramento’s summer heat.

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The home’s clean design and minimal trims expose every detail of the build — placing extra emphasis on meticulous craftsmanship and the use of quality materials. We were proud to see our work featured in a photo spread of Sactown Magazine and as a featured home in Dwell.

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Prairie-style home combines energy efficiency with a welcoming design
Davis, CA

The design of this Prairie-style home in Davis, California, matches the owners’ desire to create a comfortable destination for extended family gatherings centered around indoor-outdoor living.

A low, sloping roof with wide overhangs yields to a covered patio with an 18-foot south eve and a screened porch off of the dining room. Views of the back yard reveal plenty of patio areas surrounding the pool, which becomes the focus of these outdoor “rooms.”

The high-performance home pays particular attention to energy and water efficiencies, and is designed for the long, dry heat of central California’s summers.

This home is featured in Fine Homebuiding’s 2016 Houses Awards Gallery.

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Transforming a home from mundane to magnificent
Penryn, CA

These homeowners wanted to completely update their 1970s house, take advantage of hilltop views and use recycled materials wherever possible. We turned a boxy living space into a light-drenched great room and a loft study.

The floor of the new master bedroom is actually the original second-story deck that was strengthened and reinforced. Two new, second-story decks were added off of the new bedrooms.

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‘60s ranch style home updated to light and family friendly
Granite Bay, CA

The boxy design of this formerly two-bedroom, 1960s ranch-style home created limited space for a growing family.  We expanded it up and out, creating a light-filled, 4-bedroom/3-bath home featuring vaulted ceilings and lots of energy efficient windows. The addition of purposely designed open space, a great room and modern kitchen turned the home into a comfortable environment for family and friends.

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Single-story turns into energy efficient, 2-story home
Davis, CA

We took a drafty, 1960s home and made the homeowners’ vision of expanded space and energy efficiency a reality. After knocking all of the original walls to the ground, we increased the home’s square footage by one-third and transformed it into a two-story featuring all of the elements the homeowners defined.

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Total transformation doubles home size, energy efficiency
Davis, CA

This project truly was a total transformative remodel. Our designer completely reconfigured the home’s floor plan to fit the homeowner’s needs and lifestyle. It doubled in size, and two bedrooms and a bath were added. And talk about reusing materials: Even the roof was recycled. In the end, the home had a whole new look and feel.

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Van Gelder Construction Company takes pride in designing and remodeling homes to fit the client’s needs, making the best use of available resources.

High performance home facts:

The ducts in an average home leak 30%, wasting energy and dollars.

Inefficient windows are to blame for 5% of U.S. wasted energy.

Hard surface flooring and shoe removal at entrances can reduce indoor dust and dirt by up to 50%.