"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others."
1 Peter 4:10
HIDDEN HILLS VIEW
DANZE + DAVIS
INTEGRATING DESIGN INTO A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE
This Younger Home was built with sustainability and integrated design in mind to compliment the everyday lifestyle of a Texas Hill Country family. The starting point for integrated design of this five-bedroom, three and a half bath home, was orientation – working with aspects such as solar orientation, tree locations, wind/breeze directions, slope, view, accessibility, and outdoor living spaces. Like many homes in the Texas Hill Country, the home site has a great view, paired with a severely sloped topography. Determining orientation, while designing for the most efficient use of building and foundation materials, was challenging, but cost-effective and was one of the first places integrated design “paid off” in the home design process. Architects and Engineers worked together to take advantage of the slope as much as possible, by designing the main living space slightly above grade at the front of the house, and a daylight basement to work into the slope for the lower bedrooms and game room. Also, a fundamental goal was to size rooms appropriately, to avoid wasteful space and unnecessary leftover material.
When designing for energy efficiency a southerly facing home is most ideal for solar orientation and collecting prevailing breezes, especially coming up from the water in the valley. Due to this and integrating a daylight basement and crawl space, large overhangs, efficient orientation, and other sustainable features, this 4,243-square foot home can operate on one HVAC unit, and achieve Energy Star Certification.
Other subtle sustainable features include a roof that is simple but elegant, and will provide an excellent foundation for green features such as rainwater collection and solar panels. For comfort and health in everyday living, the design allowed for the traffic flow and visual flow of the house to work well and be pleasing to the eye, while keeping private spaces private, public areas open with good sightlines, and careful consideration of interior and exterior views of the lake and surrounding mature hardwood trees.
LAKE RIDGE VIEW
DANZE + DAVIS
MIDCENTURY MODERN SUSTAINABILITY
On seemingly the only flat land in the Hill Country with a lake view, this home took advantage of the landscape with a single story home true to the mid-century modern architecture of long ago. Boasting a breathtaking lake view from the family room of the home, 24 foot glass sliders are topped with a clerestory 16 foot ceiling adorned by transom windows for maximum energy efficiency. In fact, this home is projected to save over $2,230.00 annually on energy costs. Built to the most stringent energy and building codes, this home easily achieved energy star certification.
The concrete look stucco, full chop linear limestone, standing seam metal roof, artisan collection James Hardie wood look siding, insulated steel garage door and pivoting hinge steel front door are just a few highlights that truly make this home optimal for sustainability. Behind the 2X6 walls, advance framing techniques with additional bracing will make this home withstand 110 MPH wind storms. While spray foam insulation of the full wall cavity + attic encapsulation with the Younger Homes air sealing package allowed the home to score a 1.8 ACH 50 and operate a 3,000+ square foot home on one 18 SEER variable speed variable tonnage Energy Star Certified HVAC System.
Due to the site location adjacent to a Lake Travis, the landscape is complete with a rain garden to filter water runoff from the property before entering the lake, while the circle drive intentionally navigates around mature oaks at the front of the property, providing safety and shade. Other features that add to the beauty of the interior are the professional designer finishes such as the 24 foot Fleetwood glass slider, Anderson Low-E Windows, Cantera pivoting hinge steel door, quartz countertops, Kohler Purist line plumbing fixtures, custom framed mirrors, and custom hardware, job built cabinets and engineered wood flooring.
Our favorite though? The custom made hidden door in the master ensuite. Check it out!
ROLLING HILLS VIEW
DANZE + DAVIS
MAXIMIZED EFFICIENCY FOR A CLASSIC HILL COUNTRY STYLE
A collaborative effort between architect, builder, client, and sloped topography allowed this couples dream home to become reality. Utilizing what the earth provided proved excellent for a two-story, walk-out basement, open floor plan custom home perfectly sited around mature native trees. The exterior of the home ties in beautifully with the landscape by using locally sourced limestone, cedar beams, wood ceilings and accents, and mixed materials to create dramatic roofline interest.
Energy star certification and maximum energy efficiency was achieved by tucking this home into the side of the naturally sloped hill. Like all Younger Homes, spray foam insulation of the full wall cavity + attic encapsulation with the our proprietary air sealing package, enables the homeowner to operate thier 4,400, square-foot, two-story home on one 18 SEER variable speed variable tonnage Energy Star Certified HVAC System.
Upon entry through the foyer, the dramatic view of the Texas Hill Country is framed via a wall of windows and sliders, making this open concept floor plan feel completely nestled into the natural surroundings. The home office is set apart by a cantilevered corner entry to optimize daylighting and space. Perhaps the most stunning and custom portion of the entire home was built around the homeowners' desire for an oversized game room. This 800+ square foot space is defined by a dramatic vault with exposed beams and an oversized direct vent fireplace to efficiently heat the space in the cooler months while maintaining excellent air quality.
DANZE + DAVIS
AGING IN PLACE FORM + FUNCTION
This Energy Star Certified custom built green home, has been thoughtfully designed to achieve optimal livability for a couple living on the Northshore of Lake Travis. The hybrid foundation of the home was engineered for efficiency and cost, centered on thoughtful siting with irregular sloping topography, and mature Texas Oaks; all while incorporating unique elements in design to give the home character you would find in a historic home.
True to our client’s roots, the home is a perfect combination of southwestern and mission styles with an appropriate hint of hill-country inspiration from locally sourced materials. It will surely make an impactful first impression from the street and as you step in the spacious front entry, by bringing exterior elements inside, inclusive of the main corridor exterior lake view through the large sliding glass door and architectural arches in the great room.
Notable features that will set this home apart is the highly desirable oversized garage, and roomy outdoor living space, as well as achieving the coveted Energy Star Home Certification that will decrease operating costs for the lifespan of the home. The health and safety of the home is achieved by implementation of appropriate certified aging in place features, natural light dissemination, enhanced air quality via smart technology delivered by the Q-Fresh forced air upgrade to an already highly efficient HVAC system, as well as appropriately placed open and closed cell spray foam insulation to ensure a tight home and an added benefit of reducing outdoor noise from environmental influences.