Blissful Oaks in Manchaca
A custom home with two master suites on 15 acres of beautiful land on a tract managed by the Hill Country Conservancy.
When sisters Sue and Candy wanted to build a home, they were looking for a beautiful spot to retire. They weren’t specifically looking for conservancy land, but they fell in love with 15 acres that’s part of a larger tract managed by the Hill Country Conservancy.
- 5-star rated green home
- Cool House Tour 2014
- MAX Award Best Green Home 2014
It was a joy and a privilege to prepare the land and work with them to plan their home, which earned a 5-star rating from the Austin Energy Green Building Program. The home was designed by Debra Blessman of Select Home Designs.
A forest of enormous live oaks, wildflowers, birds and critters, a resident roadrunner — they named the place Blissful Oaks.
The sisters wanted this to be their “forever” home. It had to be comfortable, energy-efficient, and easy to maintain. At 3,532 square feet of indoor space, there’s room for guests, future caretakers, and ample storage. Each sister has her own master suite. Each bathroom has an accessible walk-in shower. One sister has a private office, the other has a cheerful craft room. The pets have the run of the place, and the sisters chose a stained concrete floor for easy care.
A shady screened back porch opens to a deck with an 18-foot spa/pool. We installed a 30,000 gallon potable rainwater collection system.
A 6.24 kilowatt solar photovoltaic grid-tied system sits atop the galvalume metal roof. An energy management system keeps tab on energy use in the house.
Naturally, the home has other features you’d expect in a high-performance home from Solluna Builders: Passive solar design, wide overhangs, day lighting, advanced framing, spray-foam envelope, high-efficiency lighting and appliances, carefully planned plumbing runs and efficient water heating, high-performance windows, and low- or no-VOC finishes and materials.
- 30,000 gallon rainwater collection system
- Galvalume metal roof
- 6.24 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system
- Passive solar design
- Wide eaves
- Spray foam insulation
- Energy efficient appliances
- Andersen 100 Series windows
- No-VOC paints and finishes
- Water-efficient plumbing fixtures
- Stained concrete floors