Welcome to the home page of Luna Sagrada, a Sustainably built home of Chuck & Brenda T. Horton. We built the home of Straw Bale, Earth Plaster, Strawboard, Reclaimed Wood,  SIP Panels, Recycled Blue Jeans Cotton Insulation, Solar Powered, Passive Solar Design, No AC needed, Grey Water, No toxic Paints or Stains (no vocs) and many other sustainable  practices.  We hope to use the home to show others what is possible in home building.  We also have used and will continue to use the home for fundraising and charity events.

We started this process by buying land in March of 2000.  We spent over a year in design, and eighteen months of construction.  Started construction in July 2001, moved in December of 2002 and sold it January 2012.  


For lots more pictures go to the pictures page!

S.F. Green Festival Straw Bale Presentation

The house will built using sustainable building techniques.   We used:

  • Straw Bale Exterior Walls
  • Strawboard Interior Walls (Prestowall)
  • Earth Plasters with Lime Plaster & Lime Wash for Exterior Walls
  • Earth Plasters with Lime Wash for Interior Straw Bale Walls
  • Clay and Wall Paints from Bioshield Paints (no VOCs) for Interior Strawboard Walls
  • No VOC Stains from Bioshield Paints
  • Post & Beam Framing
  • Roll Form Metal Roof (life time roof, fire safe, no waste of materials or package)
  • SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels) for Roof Structure
  • Insulation - UltraTouch natural cotton fiber insulation
  • Slab on Grade
  • Stain Concrete Slab, and Flagstone for Floors
  • Radiant Heat
  • Passive Cooling with no A/C required
  • Active Solar System - Photovoltaic Panels, Inverter & Batteries
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Recycled Wood for Trusts, Engineered Wood, Wood from the Site
  • Pressure Treated Wood - ACQ (Ammonia, Copper and Quaternary Ammonia)  not CCA - (Chromated, Copper, Arsenate)
  • Local Crushed Gravel Driveway & Reclaimed Pavers
  • Loewen Windows made from Certified Sustainable Forest Products (see Loewen Enviro Statement)
  • Day Lighting with Solar Tubes and Skylights
  • High Efficiency Lighting
  • Grey Water Plumbing for future Grey Water System
  • Some of the Masonry with rocks from the Site
  • Local Artisans
  • Local Furniture
  • High Efficiency Appliances
  • High Efficiency Fireplace - Rumford Fireplace
  • High Efficiency Windows

The Team:

Chuck Horton - Owner / Project Manager / Laborer
Brenda Horton - Owner / Design & Quality Assurance
Barbara Horton Linn - Architect our Leader
Keith Robertson / SONS Building & Development Co. - Builder / Chief
Dave Anello / SONS Building & Development Co. - Foreman / Keith's right hand man
Collin, Joe, Albert / SONS Building & Development Co. - Framing & Masonary
Greg Flinders  - AutoCAD Drafting
Tommy White - Model Making & Garage Office & AutoCAD Drafting
Fred Stoener - Consulting Architect
Chuck Kull / Holdrege & Kull - Geologists
Bill Austin - Surveying
Dundas & Dundas - Surveying
Nevada County - Building Department
Biondi Paving, Inc. - Site Work
DMCE Concrete & Engineering Contractors - Foundation
Nevada County Plumbing - Plumbing
Pelton's Solar Service - Radiant Heating System
Felix Electric - Dan Felix, Darle, Toby - Electrical & Solar Wiring
Sierra Solar - Jon Hill - Solar Products
Free Enterprises - David Rodarmel & Team - Roll Forming Metal Roof & Gutter, Uni-solar panel install
And many others



by Chuck Horton | Last updated: 02/14/2012