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This bright and airy Texas home is focused on sustainable living


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Clark Richardson Architects has designed this spectacular contemporary home for sustainable living, located in Barton Hills, a neighborhood in Austin, Texas. Not only did this dwelling receive a 5 Star Austin Energy Green Build Award but it was also designed with an extensive reflection on what makes a healthy home for this young family.

All specifications and design discussions were centered around two principle questions, is it sustainable and is it a healthy choice? The material selections and detailing appear common but have high-performance qualities just below the surface.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Clark Richardson Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Clark Richardson Architects BUILDER Mezger Homes

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The owner has an electrical sensitivity so all wiring utilized cobalt coating instead of PVC, the insulation was rock wool rather than fiberglass, the paint was a mineral-based clay paint called Romabio paint which is high performing paint and toxic-free.

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The architects opted to use a MgO Board made of magnesium oxide, a healthier more sustainable alternative to standard gypsum board and plywood sheathing. The exterior stucco uses an innovative integrated rain screen/screed system by Delta Dry and Lathe to ensure water is not trapped behind the terminate surface avoiding unseen mold issues that could arise.

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The result is a very quiet, calming, and healthy home. The home sits nestled under wide roof forms for solar shading and makes use of indoor/outdoor adjacencies in all living and primary spaces.

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What We Love: A young family enjoys the benefits of a sustainable living environment that is informed on wellness and healthy home materials from finishes to simple building components. Deep roof overhangs help to shade this home from the hot summer sun, helping to develop energy costs. We are especially fond the indoor-outdoor connection that has been established in this home through large windows and expansive outdoor entertaining spaces.

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on the overall aesthetics of this Texas home? Let us cognize in the Comments, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other incredible home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Texas: Gorgeous ranch-style home inspired by the legendary west Texas sky and Striking lakefront refuge peeks above the forest canopy on Lake Austin.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Chase Daniel

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