The owners’ chose an integrated design approach so that the deconstruction of their old home and construction of the new one went smoothly while they were overseas on a planned sabbatical.
This site has been home for over 30 years to University of Texas professors who built successful careers and raised their family here. They watched their neighborhood expand into a collection of mega-homes built on small lots. Resisting that trend, they chose to stay in place and build a modestly sized, net-zero house. All planning took place in the nine months prior to the owners leaving the country on sabbatical. This included a surprise last minute discovery of archaic deed restrictions that altered the original design. Changes were made, the owners boarded their plane and nine months later returned to their new home.
The open kitchen/living area is the perfect space to entertain students, faculty and family. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves highlight their passion for literature. Natural day-lighting makes the home bright without artificial light while a sophisticated HVAC system and fresh air filtration ensure improved indoor air quality. As the owners anticipate aging in place, the layout is friendly to limited mobility. Passive solar design, standing seam metal roofing and a solar PV installation has rewarded the owners by generating more energy than they use.