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LUXUS Design Build Appoints Project Manager

LUXUS Design Build, an award-winning full-service residential and custom home contracting firm, has appointed industry expert Travis Holden as the company’s project manager.

“Travis is a perfect addition to our team and a master of his trade,” said Michael Gardner, owner and founder of LUXUS Design Build. “His extensive background in civil engineering, architecture, design and construction are just a bonus to his unparalleled work ethic and the value he brings to our clientele.”

Since building his first home by himself at just 20 years old, Holden’s subsequent 16-year career has revolved around the architecture, construction and engineering industry. His skill set was solely developed through hands-on learning and field experience, allowing him to perfect his craft and organically evolve.

Holden’s role with the firm includes overseeing day-to-day operations, managing contracting and bidding, managing job sites and assisting with billing and finances. Holden joins the team from his role as a project manager and partner of a local architectural studio for 14 years.

“Joining the LUXUS Design Build team perfectly aligned with my professional and personal values, specifically because of the emphasis they place on quality over quantity,” said Holden. “The entire team is genuinely passionate about the craftsmanship of every project and always caters to the minute details, which is a rare find.”

With his new title, Holden plans to help develop the company’s construction division to ensure it is equipped to build all the company’s original designs and transition to in-house building only. Holden’s current projects include the 2023 The New American Home, a custom high-performance home as part of the National Association of Home Builders’ annual home build project.

Original published in the Nevada Business Magazine To read the entire article, go to nevadabusiness.com.

The New American Home Remodel Phase 3

In this video Michael discusses building a high performance home and the importance of a personalized design for the climate and location of the home. This home will be truly unique and extremely energy efficient when complete. He is looking forward to it’s completion.  Stay tuned to our YouTube channel and blog for more videos and photos as the home nears completion.

The Video Transcript:

As part of a high-performance home it’s not always just about building materials.  It is about design and looking at the project kind of holistically.  You have these goals right, but then there is these design challenges so you develop a solution that works for your site conditions. For a desert climate, our goal is entirely to stop the heat from getting into the home.

One of the reasons we picked the lot that we did, was there is three existing trees that are all south-facing.  They block the house so we made sure we kept those, they are deciduous trees.  They lose their leaves in the winter, we want the heat and then in the summer those trees create the shade.  Most of our south-facing glass or a lot of it is high.  And what we did, is we have four to five-foot-deep eaves so those eaves were very deep, the windows are about two feet tall, so we are able to get indirect light but not direct Sun and solar rays on the south-facing side.

We have developed our own wall assemblies in conjunction with a series of different materials.  We have high-density foam wrap around the whole exterior which minimizes any thermal bridging inside to the house. In addition, we used open cell spray foam about three and a half inches thick to act as our air barrier and then the addition of the hi-fi and five foil to the exterior walls. In conjunction with our sound bat insulation and we did very similarly the same thing with our roof assembly as well.  So effectively in those conditions we’re going to be closer to an ar-15 even.  Currently, when you walk through the home you can feel a 10 to 15 degree drop because of all of those envelope assemblies.  Doing the project has been spectacular. I think it tests you in ways that you never thought you’d be tested.  And it tests your team, it tests your resolve, it tests your ability to think on your feet but ultimately, you’ve gotten to do something that’s pretty spectacular.

The 2019 New American Remodel Vision and Complications

As you may already know, The National Association of Home Builders has chosen Michael as the architect for the 2019 New American Remodel.

In this video clip, Michael discusses some of the unique challenges he and his team have been facing during Phase I of construction. Michael also explains the importance of the location and his vision for the remodeled home, as well as some of the complications his team continues to conquer during this process.

This is his third project for the International Builders Show and his first in the remodel category. He was selected to design the New American Home for the show in 2013 and 2016.  This is Michael’s first New American Remodel project, as well as the first home he is both designing and building.

Stay tuned for progress updates here as we continue the remodel process.