What started as a simple remodeling project has evolved into so much more due to irreconcilable structural challenges (i.e. “bad soils”). A high performance Sustainable Case Study house will soon take the place of the structure built in 1951 in Central Austin.
To spare creating more landfill, this home is being physically moved from Central Austin to its new location, Bertram, TX to house a family of 14.
As a designer, I strive to create functional, beautiful and HEALTHY environments with a mindful approach and sensitivity to clients’ needs.
This project documents the decision making approach – the “Gradients of Green” – that a can be achieved while balancing multiple constraints along the way.
A multitude of decisions must be made throughout the design process, from building orientation and siting to energy sources, to material selections, all the way to the furnishings. With those decisions we have the opportunity to make a significant impact, but we also face the challenge of the higher price tag that can potentially accompany this approach. Fortunately, when it comes to sustainable and green design, it is not an all or nothing approach, rather a spectrum consisting of gradients of green….