Meet Dan, founder of Easton Construction.
Hi I’m Dan Easton and I’ve been building custom homes in the Tri-Cities area for over 25 years. My approach to new home construction is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and his commitment to building energy efficient homes that stand in harmony with nature.
"Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Reducing Utility Costs Since 1979
Energy efficient custom homes and home building using the sun to reduce utility costs has been a passion of mine for the past 31 years. In 1979, I built my first energy efficient home, modeled after the Arkansas House Design (2×6 walls insulated to R-19 and ceilings insulated to R-38).
In 1982, I became an approved contractor with the Bonneville Power Administration through the local Benton County Public Utility District to install solar hot water systems in the Tri-City area. I installed over 40 active and passive solar systems during the grant program. I still service many of those solar hot water systems today—a testament to their quality and durability.
In 1984, I built an energy efficient home in Canyon Lakes that had raised heel trusses for more insulation over the walls, a passive solar sun room with a masonry wall to capture and store the winter sun’s heat, and a closed loop ground source heat pump. Still today this heat pump application is the most energy efficient method available.
Looking to the Future of Energy Efficient Home Building
Today my focus has not changed; but improvements in building techniques and energy efficient materials have given me an opportunity to improve the efficiency of the structures I build.
In the home that I just completed in Burbank Heights, our focus was on a tight building envelope.
This included extra caulking, raised heel trusses, spray foam in all exterior walls and ceilings, blown in blanket insulation in the exterior walls, extra window wrap and all exterior boxed corners were insulated with foam before the sheeting.
A beautiful home built with extra attention to detail is not only a pleasure for the homeowner to live in but also very gratifying for the contractor to build.
Home building practices, materials, and codes continue to change. To stay current, I belong to the local Home Builders Association, National Home Builders Association, Energy Star, and Built Green Builders of the Tri-City area. I attend workshops that help me continue to be the best in my field. Continuing education is key to a successful company.