HGTV featured the design and construction of this house in its 2015 Smart Home giveaway. The entire building process was filmed and completed on a tight schedule, a true challenge in the competitive Austin construction market.
A Smart House is not just a technological marvel. The design and construction team considered available tree cover, orientation, placement of windows for natural lighting, outdoor living space and location of the neighboring houses in this development. Building codes restricted the conditioned space to 2,300 square feet, but a pergola shades the west side of the home for outdoor living, and a screened porch sits to the north, comfortably out of the sun’s glare.
Energy efficient products and materials include a tight thermal building envelope, low-e glazing, window shades and high efficiency water fixtures. In addition to energy savings, smart home components offer the owners unprecedented convenience and control of their home, from a garage door that sends a text if left open, to a washing machine that “talks” to the thermostat and a second floor e-glass bathroom window that gives privacy on command. Between the integrated technology that means this home operates at the touch of a button, and the walkable access to urban amenities, the owners have everything they could want right at their fingertips.
Located at 2012-B Rabb Glen Street | 78704
Riverside Homes, LLC
Don Harris | Architect
Austin Wood Works, Inc.
Austin Air Conditioning, Inc.
Austin Energy Program Participant
4-Star Austin Energy Green Building rating
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