New home fits perfectly into a charming central Austin neighborhood
The original plan. The homeowners originally planned to remodel and add onto their home of many years. But in our conversation around the kitchen table, it became clear that serious structural problems would eat up much of the budget. Plus there were space constraints, heritage trees, a narrow lot, and restraints of the City of Austin's "McMansion ordinance."
The new plan. A run of the numbers hatched a new plan: deconstruct the old house and build a new, energy efficient home in its place.
The result. The new 2,400 square foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home designed by Debra Blessman of Select Home Design fits neatly into place. The bungalow style home looks as if it has always been there.
The first floor has living, kitchen, media room, powder bath, two bedrooms with shared bath, and utility room. Upstairs is a master suite with two master baths and walk-in closets. A covered back screened porch and patio provide outdoor living in the shady back yard.
The homeowners got exactly what they wanted: a new, lovely, comfortable, energy efficient, high quality home that blends perfectly into the their charming central Austin neighborhood.
5-star rated green home
Cool House Tour 2015
2.400 square feet of air conditioned space
Three bedrooms, three bathrooms
Screened back porch
Passive solar design
Wide eaves and porches protect from the hot sun
Natural ventilation from careful window placement
Galvalume metal roof
Spray foam insulation
Energy efficient appliances
Energy efficient windows
Right-sized air conditioning and programmable thermostat
Water-efficient plumbing fixtures
No-VOC paints and finishes