Zilker Geothermal Home


An outdoor setting in the midst of an urban neighborhood

  • 5-star green rated home 
  • MAX Award Best Green Home 2009

The quiet elegance of this urban, inner-city custom home belies its super efficient green design and construction. It connects beautifully with back yard gardens and an upper covered deck.

The owners wanted the most energy efficient home possible on their lot in the Zilker neighborhood. This well-planned two bedroom, three bath, 2,350-square-foot home is quietly elegant and soulful. A cook's kitchen opens to a light-filled living room that overlooks an inviting back yard garden. The home takes advantages of breezes and daylight with careful orientation and use of windows and door. In the master bedroom, French doors open to a patio and garden. A downstairs office adjoins the great room. Upstairs is a large, light-filled craft room with ample storage to accommodate the owner's hobbies. The inviting outdoor space includes a two-story covered carport where the homeowner sit on the upper deck among the treetops and enjoy the view over their extensive gardens, which are watered by an integrated rainwater collection system. 

It's the best of both worlds: a gracious, energy efficient, comfortable home in an outdoor setting in the midst of an urban neighborhood

  • Passive solar design
  • Wide overhangs to protect windows from the hot sun
  • Low-E windows
  • Daylighting
  • Metal roof
  • Spray foam insulation
  • Geothermal heating and cooling
  • Infill lot
  • Low-VOC paints and finishes
  • Water-efficient plumbing fixtures
  • Advanced framing
  • Rainwater collection
  • Outdoor living space
  • Xeriscaping