The owner was looking for an existing house to rehab when she found this 45-foot wide lot that was home to a doublewide. The narrow site generated a new two-story home that lives large. All rooms have doors to the exterior and shaded decks wrap the house. An outdoor kitchen tops the roof, a perfect location to view the 7.4 kW solar array which will ultimately contribute to powering the owner’s electric vehicle. Sustainable materials and principles were key components for creating a home with low maintenance and durability.

The exterior cypress siding weathers well and resists deterioration. Cypress scraps were used throughout the home for doors, paneling, window shades and countertops. Because the home sits in on a steep hill, rain gardens were constructed to prevent erosion during Texas thunderstorms. Much of the landscaping is edible with raised vegetable beds that sit over a 2,500-gallon underground rainwater catchment system. Backyard chickens roam this mini-urban farm.

Carter Design Associates
Donna Carter, FAIA

Tensegrity, LLC
Wilson Owen

Greenbelt Solar
Adi Ibrahimbegovic

Innovative Water Solutions, LLC
Chris Maxwell-Gaines

Austin Energy Program Participant
5-Star Austin Energy Green Building rating
Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Incentive