The designer/owner rallied building professionals to create a showcase for sustainable methods and materials. This new home in an older neighborhood also paved the way for housing many more people than originally planned.

First conceived as a 50’s ranch house remodel, the lot’s expansive soil dictated that the design-build team plan for a new home with a more stable pier and beam foundation, reducing site impact. In the spirit of recycle/reuse, the old house found new life in Bertram where it was donated to a family of fourteen.

The 2,800 square foot home was designed with exterior living space to give the sense of a much larger home. Natural light from public living areas extends into more private rooms where glazing is limited. Overhang and window orientations maximize shading and breezes, keeping HVAC use to a minimum during temperate months. Finishes and custom furnishings were selected to ensure a healthy interior environment.

The lot is a certified World Wildlife Fund Urban Habitat. Drought tolerant native landscaping includes a rain garden that absorbs storm water. A 5,000 gallon rainwater system provides water for irrigation. The 12kW solar array offsets approximately 85 percent of the occupant’s electrical use and is ready to power an integrated charging station for electric vehicles. 

Laura Britt Design
Laura Britt

Tornbjerg Design 
Thomas Tornbjerg

Bonterra Build | Design 
Austin Pitner


Premier Windows & Doors
Michael Castanon

Alpha Granite
Denis Phocas

Revolve Solar Inc. 
Tim Padden

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

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