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Home at a Glance

  • 5,600 square foot home
  • 9 Bedrooms (4 upstairs, 5 downstairs)
  • 5 living/meeting areas (four downstairs, one upstairs)
  • 4 bathrooms with separate vanity and toilet/shower areas
  • 2 laundry machine hook-ups (1 upstairs and 1 downstairs)
  • Professional kitchen (upstairs) with view of the hill country.
  • 2 fireplaces (1 upstairs and 1 downstairs)
  • 2,800 square feet of covered wrap-around porch.

Green Building Features

  • Southeast orientation (takes advantage of summer breezes and protection from winter north wind)
  • Pole frame strawbale construction downstairs, conventional wood frame (2x6) construction upstairs
  • Regionally harvested cedar poles (the largest spared from a burn pile)
  • Stained concrete floors (downstairs) and countertops (throughout)
  • Sustainably grown pine floors (upstairs)
  • Rainwater collection
  • Sand filtration septic system
  • Water-based finishes

Floor Plan

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The home, as featured in both the Austin American Statesman and HGTV, is a unique design blend balancing all the important elements of asethics, function, comfort, and yet, minimalism to keep within the sustainable living theme throughout the whole project.

The asethetic (as well as funtional) features include a blend of California Mission with its thick walls and numerous arches downstairs, to Santa Fe/Texas Heritage with its large covered wrap-around porch of raw cedar pole construction, earth-tone stuccoed walls, and galvanize roof.

The layout of the home was created to adapt to the many potential needs of its inhabitants -- from a large family whose members would each have a bedroom and perhaps an office or two for a home-based business, and who might need the large open areas downstairs for a home school, to a group who might need the space for entertaining, workshops and/or classes. The original intent of the designer was all three: to design a large basic home for a home-schooled family whose parents were also running two home-based businesses, all the while developing a "demonstration" permaculture farm to share with others.

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