When the house and lot next to their parents’ home came up for sale, these owners set a path toward a modern, light filled, all electric and energy efficient home and studio.

The original older house was recycled and the narrow lot was opened up for design possibilities. Abundant heritage trees dotting the property ultimately became an advantage, bringing a sense of the outdoors inside. Privacy in this urban space is created with shaded second floor balconies, a screened in porch and an invitation to stroll to the backyard and relax on the covered deck. The large second floor windows provide natural daylighting which minimizes electricity use and makes the upstairs bathroom feel like a tree house.

Rough-cut flooring from multiple wood species enhances the natural aesthetic and hides scuff marks from the owners’ enthusiastic pets. Though the home and studio are all electric, the utility bills are half the cost of the owners’ previous condo. Passive solar design prevents heat gain with an 8-foot overhang on the southern exposure and an operable window in the center light well that creates a thermal chimney effect. Heat pump water heaters, exterior and attic insulation, a high efficiency HVAC system and durable materials expand energy saving opportunities for this 2,600 square foot home and 480 square foot studio.

Located at 1705 Collier Street | 78704

Studio Momentum Architects
Travis Young

Tejeda Masonry, Inc.
Crispin Tejeda

Reclaimed DesignWorks – Austin Showroom        
Lori Howard

Primo Woodworks     
David Webb

Austin Energy Program Participant
5-Star Austin Energy Green Building rating

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