2016 Cool House Tour Guidebook

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1900 HOLLY HILL DRIVE AUSTIN, TX 78746 Meeta Morrison Designs, LLC Meeta Morrison 512.217.3563 meetamorrison@gmail.com Lawrence Huisman General Contractor Lawrence Huisman 512.858.7381, 512.423.7986 lawrencehuisman@gmail.com

The designer remodeling her family’s West Austin 1980’s home utilized sun, wind, water, vegetation and topography to transform a space that had little natural light, high energy bills, chopped up rooms, minimal storage and lack of outdoor living spaces. The sloped lot and orientation of the original house prevented an easy answer to the owners’ goals. The challenge inspired a u-shaped design for the new home, bringing in natural light from the north, south and west, expanding the living area and creating a courtyard. A single-level was chosen over a two-story design to incorporate passive design principles that reduce heat gain. Faceted ceilings and a strategically placed wall reflect and diffuse light. The steep lot, once a detriment, became a strategic avenue to capture the prevailing breezes. The backyard rising from the courtyard is now landscaped with rain gardens that improve site drainage. Metal roofs with gutters are in place for a rainwater catchment system. Planning for the future, the owners configured the guest suite and bathroom to accommodate limited mobility residents, and ensured all doorways were ADA compliant. The original house was carefully dismantled and all salvageable materials were recycled, reused or donated.

Sponsors Eastside Lumber & Decking, LLC Cliff Howell 512.492.3950 eastsidelumberaustin.com Countryside Nursery and Landscape Matt Davidson and Zel Heaney 512.791.7755 countrysideaustin.com Austin Energy Program Participant GreenChoice® Share Your Experience #HollyHillDrive

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