"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 sightliness, and careful consideration of interior and exterior views of the lake and surrounding mature hardwood trees.
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.