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Serene Green in a Hurry

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 14, 2014 12:22:00 PM

Photos by Twist Tours

FOR THIS PROJECT, Austin interior designer Robin Colton envisioned literally bringing the outdoors in. Creative custom touches and organic materials combine to create a serene, spa-like environment.

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Topics: bathroom, water saving, Residential Retrofit, Texas

En Suite Bungalow Bath

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 13, 2014 7:06:00 PM

THE ORIGINAL HOUSE had no bathtub and no closets. However, it did have a full set of stairs leading up to an attic, which Bennett re-designed as a second-floor addition with luxurious green bath.

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Topics: graywater, bathroom, LEED, natural daylighting, water saving, Residential Retrofit, LED Lighting, Texas, dual-flush toilets

An Historic Home Goes Green

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 13, 2014 11:23:00 AM

JOSEPH BENNETT, an architect based in Austin, Texas, completely remodeled his own 1917 bungalow, transforming it into a 2,500-square-foot, two-story home. The remodel earned Silver LEED and Austin Energy Green Building 5 Star certifications; the bungalow’s HERS rating is 55.

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Topics: 1600 to 2500 square feet, LEED, HERS, spray foam insulation, Residential Retrofit, Texas, Recycled Products

The Callaway House

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 8, 2014 1:08:00 PM

When Catherine Callaway, a LEED AP certified architect with BNIM Architects, and her accountant husband first purchased their 1,000-square-foot home in an historic neighborhood in Houston, they embraced it for its legacy and the fact that it was something of a blank slate.  

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Topics: 1500 square feet or less, water saving, Residential Retrofit, Texas, Paint

Texas Off-Grid House Requires no Air Conditioning

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Aug 27, 2012 9:18:00 AM

Photography by Jud Haggard Photography

It’s not the usual request you’d get from a home buyer: “Design me a building that doesn’t use the grid for power, water, or wastewater handling.” But that’s just what Teresa Fransik of Sierra was tasked with when she agreed to work with a couple who didn’t want to see an electric pole for as far as the eye could see.

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Topics: PV, 1600 to 2500 square feet, ICFs, rainwater harvesting, Texas, offgrid


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