The Design Concept of the home, which was suggested by the challenging site is that of an old English Manor that has been added onto over time. The design has four distinct structures that are planned phased additions over the next several years. The timeless architecture adds comfort and warmth to an already spectacular site.
The home which was rated five-star by the City of Austin Green Building Program in 2005 and was the winner of the 2008 Max Award for "Best Green Home" by the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. And excitingly, as of 2013 the house is now Net-Zero.
Featured in Natural Home magazine. The article "Minding the Manor" details the home which utilized spray-foam insulation, a 18.4kw Photovoltaic system, and 'cast earth' walls.
Many unique and interesting elements included; two PV Arrays, Rainwater Harvesting, 10" perform wall ICF walls, Geothermal HVAC, Solar Thermal Radiant Heat Flooring, numerous salvaged doors and beams, and additional wonderful stained glass doors and windows.