A True Desert Oasis

Desert Comfort
The Desert Comfort Idea Home near Phoenix marries high performance and resilient building science with beauty, comfort, and wellness. | Photo: Alex LaLiberte

People who know the desert will tell you that an oasis is a trick of the eye, an illusion of a safe haven that, in fact, was never there. 

But the Desert Comfort Home, a high-performance, net-zero energy custom home built in the Sonoran Desert north of Phoenix, Ariz., the latest in a series of Idea Homes produced by Pro Builder, is very real … and it delivers all the comforts that a desert oasis promises.

The project is the brainchild—and now the personal home—of Mark LaLiberte, a renowned building science expert and co-founder and president of Construction Instruction, a consultancy and training facility based in Denver. 

Desert Comfort encompasses a spacious, light-filled 3,000-square-foot main house, a cozy 700-square-foot guest Casita, and abundant outdoor living spaces, all built under the direction of Brad Leavitt, owner of A Finer Touch Construction in nearby Scottsdale, Ariz.

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