Lake Flato Architects’ Karla Greer has designed a sprawling LEED Platinum home for a family in Leon Springs, Texas. The open and airy home uses an array of affordable green building strategies to harmonize with the landscape surrounding it - including a 17,000 gallon rainwater catchment system, which runs through a triple filter to meet the family’s water needs.
The light-filled home is lined with floor to ceiling windows, bringing the Texas landscape into each of the living areas. A double height living room is used for entertaining, and opens onto the veranda to extend the living space. Keeping with the attachment to the outside, Greer built a sleeping porch of the master bedroom, giving an outdoors feeling for cool summer night sleeping. Extra windows are added to the roof peak, acting as skylights for even more natural light. The home is also built on a slight hill, accentuating the position of the sun, while also allowing for natural ventilation.
Power is offset from the grid with a massive 12 kW solar array that caps the two car garage. Thermal mass concrete floors help to retain heat in parts of the house for passive heating. Greer used both local and recycled content materials, including locally harvested flooring treated with toxin free water based sealant. Even the construction waste was accounted for, with over 90% diverted from the landfill.
The gorgeous home fulfilled the clients’ needs of creating a home that can both be a center for entertaining while also harmonizing with the landscape, while ranking in at LEED platinum.
Via Jetson Green