Project Description


Burnet, Texas – Rainwater Ranch

Green Builder Magazine – Home of the Year Winner
Best Resilient Design

“This project goes above and beyond energy efficiency and includes components of self-sufficiency: solar PV with battery backup and rainwater collection for domestic and livestock uses, as well as an area for planting and cultivating food.” – Home of the Year Award Judges

“The Burnet, Texas project is the most colorful home we’ve ever built. It is a really fun house built for really artistic and creative people.”
Lloyd Lee, NATiVE President

Nestled in the Texas Hill Country in Burnet Texas, this artist’s home is a gem of green living with style. Adorned with art and color at every turn, it is evident that these homeowners love art, cooking, and time with family.

The 3 bedroom split-level, passive solar design by Stephen Colley gives an impression of being much larger than it is. An art studio, wine room, utility, and pantry flow naturally within the house, while a detached guest house sits nearby. This solar powered compound, with an abundant garden, harvests all the water it needs from the rain and makes for a relaxing, self sufficient life in the country.

Working with NATiVE: The Architect’s Perspective

“There was one surprise that I had in the building process, and that was that there were no surprises! In my entire architectural career, I can’t recall a smoother or happier project from the first client meeting through the final paint drying. ”
– Stephen Colley, Architect

“We enjoy working with architects who know the green building process and have an eye for quality.”
– Lloyd Lee, NATiVE President

Self-Sufficient Living in the Hill Country

  • 40k potable rainwater collection
  • 30k irrigation rainwater collection
  • 8.4kw solar PV system
  • Off-grid battery backup for PV
  • 2 bedroom Casita guest house
  • Screened porches
  • Hybrid water heaters
  • Carrier Infinity Green Speed A/C
  • Passive solar design
  • Pull-through car port
  • Stained concrete flooring
  • Stucco exterior (Firewise)
  • Galvalume reflective metal roof
  • Full-fill spray foam insulation
  • Blacksmith handrails
  • Pond remediation