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Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

Posted By Tafline Laylin On June 13, 2012 @ 4:57 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green renovation | 1 Comment

Terrell Hills, Texas, sustainable upgrade, green renovation, natural materials, thermal mass, daylighting, passive solar, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, Tree House, John Grable

The new porch was constructed out of western red cedar native [1] to the western United States, which is ideal for deflecting Texas’ vicious summer sun and yet retains some of the delicacy of southern living. A concrete floor provides thermal massing [2] in the winter and the south-facing, screened porch makes use of prevailing winds in the summer time to keep the casual outdoor gathering space cool and comfortable.

A rainwater catchment system [3] captures all the water that is necessary to irrigate a new zero-scape garden that is also resilient to a sometimes harsh local climate. In a neighborhood where circular driveways are replacing the old-school porches, the Tree House promotes community – particularly at night as the renovated home [4] reveals a warm interior glow that beckons visitors to stop by.

+ John Grable Architects [5]

Via Architizer [6]

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[1] western red cedar native: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata

[2] thermal massing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_mass

[3] rainwater catchment system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainwater_harvesting

[4] renovated home: http://inhabitat.com/tag/green-renovation/

[5] + John Grable Architects: http://www.johngrable.com/#/residential/drive_thru_i_fly_thru_image_9

[6] Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/tree-house-porch/40580/

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