Rebuilding Rosedale

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


  • Wide eaves and built-in awnings protect windows against the hot sun
  • Natural daylighting
  • Clerestory windows in the upstairs master bedroom
  • Screened back porch
  • Metal roof
  • Spray foam insulation
  • Andersen 100 Series windows
  • No VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and finishes
  • Bamboo floors
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Water-efficient plumbing fixtures


Rosedale Rebuild

A new home fits perfectly into a charming central Austin neighborhood.

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." A run of the numbers hatched a new plan: deconstruct the old house and build a new, energy efficient home in its place.

  • 5-star rated green home
  • Cool House Tour 2015