The owner/builder wanted to replicate the modern urban sensibilities found in the space-saving homes of European city centers. A corner city lot was portioned by a condominium agreement which allowed for a larger house on the front and this compact street-facing home on the back.

An abundance of natural light and ventilation from ample windows and the creation of three outdoor living areas produce the effect of a much larger space than this home’s 1,000 sq. ft. interior. Built-in and transformable furniture with storage along with floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinets promote clutter-free living. A central AV closet keeps equipment cool and out of the way. Overhangs, low UV glass and operable shading both inside and out protect the interior from the sun’s heat and glare.  An energy efficient ducted mini-split system is the appropriate size for this small structure. 

Outside, a 500-gallon rainwater catchment tank designed to fit in a narrow space provides irrigation for the raised bed landscaping. Off-street parking is provided by a sliding gate in the alleyway fence, allowing an electric vehicle to slip under a deep overhang for charging. A 5.4 kW rooftop array partially offsets the home’s energy use. Voice-controlled/fully programmable/remote controlled security, audio, video, lighting and window treatments add tech-savvy sophistication to this efficient home.

Newcastle Homes


Lighthouse Solar
Stan Pipkin

Made in the Shade – Austin Lake Area
Matt and Kelli Houston

Texas Metal Tanks

Pro Lawn Cut & Landscaping
Mynor Alvarado

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