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As pioneers in green building and thought leaders on variety of related topics, our team is often approached for consulting. Through decades of experience, we are able to assist in a variety of areas including green building science, energy and rainwater. We specialize in high-performance architecture.

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  • Tarrytown Residence Renewed

    Tarrytown Residence Renewed

    What makes this home a unique is that it demonstrates a complete remodeling and updating on the interior from a home originally designed in 2000 with the “Craftsman” style in mind to the Modern style - while retaining many of the positive features of the original design by the owner/architect.
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  • Zen Gardens Way

    Zen Gardens Way

    In the Steiner Ranch neighborhood of Northwest Austin our clients wanted to build a family home that would provide a comfortable backdrop for them to raise their two sons. They found the perfect property sitting at the edge of a ravine with great views that faced to the southeast. The set was staged for the new home to be with perfect orientation for the Central Texas climate.

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  • Clarksville Remodel

    Clarksville Remodel

    This historical structure in Old West Austin is in a protected neighborhood planning area.  The challenge was to maintain a historical reference while meeting the needs to update and restore the duplex into two homes that would be comfortable and energy efficient to live in.
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  • Golfers Laboratory

    Golfers Laboratory

    This site specific home is laid out to efficiently work with the topography, orientation, views, and breezes of the Texas Hill-Country. Overhangs, awnings, and deep covered patios provide passive solutions to keeping direct sunlight from entering into the house while still allowing large window openings to connect to the outdoors.
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  • House On Bell Mountain

    House On Bell Mountain

    A client's request for an open floor plan that would blur the distinction between indoor & outdoor living areas while still providing a significant amount of privacy for the occupants brought about this distinctly contemporary design motif that is also healthy to live in, well constructed, and very energy efficient.
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  • Central Austin Remodel

    Central Austin Remodel

    What's noteworthy about this central Austin remodel is that the “bones” of the original house were essentially left intact or recycled. There was a conscious effort to work with as much that was salvageable as we could while allowing for the lifestyle of the new owners. The Family Entrance porch, Garage, Carport, and existing floor plan were left intact. Existing wood floors were salvaged where possible. A few minor shifts in window locations and the addition of a door from the new Kitchen area to a proposed Deck was added. The success of this project was the result of finding the right balance between budget and the sustainable features incorporated into the home. By locating the stairwell and high windows properly, we were able to provide for passive cooling through thermal siphoning without adding additional cost to the client. Additionally, deep overhangs provide shading and an added layer of protection at doors and windows, protecting them from moisture infiltration and reducing future maintenance issues. Home build by: Kennen Kahanek Custom Builder, Inc.
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