To maximize the viewing potential, the original 3,400 square foot house was designed with an open floor plan including a living room, family room and entry within a barn - like structure.

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Houstoun Project

Lakeway, Texas - 5,400 Square Feet

Site Challenge

A 7 acre heavily wooded site in the Texas Hill Country on Lake Austin, this project was begun in 1984, with additions in 1986 and 1996. Including a guest house, pool, sport court, extensive gardens and landscaping, this project takes advantage of views, passive solar energy design concepts, and was a forerunner in the green building and sustainable building materials approach of construction for its time.
Originally the home’s potable water was pumped from Lake Austin and treated on site by the owner’s filtering system. Solar panels are used to heat the water for the home’s hot water needs. The east facing view glass is carefully designed to limit solar heat gain. The vegetable and flower gardens help feed the family and help support the bird and butterfly populations.

Solution

To maximize the viewing potential, the original 3,400 square foot house was designed with an open floor plan including a living room, family room and entry within a barn - like structure. This original barn - like structure, with 24 foot ceilings and a clerestory, serves as the heart and soul of this completed project after the addition of another 2000 square feet.

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The Texas wine industry has a total economic impact of more than $170 million a year.

Texas has more than 85 wineries and is the nation’s fifth-largest wine producing state.

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