Many of our projects have been highlighted on architecture tours, praised through awards and designations. The following is a brief look at our top 10 favorite residential spaces, in which we highlight the beauty of the design and how we best incorporate high-performance architecture into each project.Start your project
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.
Ecologically minded clients also wanted to incorporate FUN into their home! Not only did we pay special attention to the site and its micro-climate, but we introduced the clients to products that are healthier to live with, yet easy to obtain regionally. We believe in using space wisely to create a true sense of “home” while incorporating an innovative flair.
Nestled quietly and sophisticatedly in the historic Tarrytown neighborhood, this high tech residence, cloaked in a traditional bungalow style, outperforms most energy efficient homes. Its orientation and careful location of windows, extended overhangs, covered porches, and screened porch facilitate a successful passive solar design while increasing the interior comfort of the home.
This high tech custom residence is sited on a mid-sized central city lot to take advantage of the prevailing breezes and good solar orientation. The layout of the interior spaces reinforces these pragmatic goals while also being unique to the way a contemporary family lives. The dwelling is equipped with an ultra-efficient water-source heat pump system that’s tied to the swimming pool and surrounding ground for winter space heating & warm months’ air-conditioning. This unique set up also allows for heating the pool in the mild spring and fall months, when the system functions in air-conditioning mode. By integrating many passive solar heating and cooling strategies, as well as highly efficient appliances, the 9.66 kilowatt “grid-tied” solar PV system is able to generate enough electricity to make this residence approach “zero energy” in that it produces almost as much electricity in a year as it consumes. Furthermore, an underground 26,000 gallon self cleaning rainwater catchment system provides for this homes’ exterior water needs and allows for this house to be independent from the municipal water supply, if the owner so desired.
After enhancing this sophisticated home with an alliance of efficient features, the homeowner was motivated to design a proprietary computer program to monitor and control the entire HVAC, lighting, PV system output, motorized skylight and windows, rainwater cistern level, lawn sprinklers, as well as their water and gas consumption.
This house has been awarded the coveted Five Star Rating by The Austin Energy Green Building Program. This is the highest green building award available from the oldest and most vetted green building program in the USA.
This holistic or “whole house” design approach was adopted from the inception of this project to ensure that this traditional designed home would achieve the following goals: beauty, comfort, energy and resource efficiency, durability, lower maintenance, within an environmentally conscious, healthy and safe environment. Projects
The project program was to focus on creating a casual country retreat for a city girl to get away to. The home includes a small main house, with a fantastic screened-in porch, and a distinctly separate two- bedroom guest house which is separated from the main house by an open parking pavilion and garage. A lap pool off the main living area and Master wing allows for direct access to the pool and terrace from most of the house. The design reflects the separate wings of the house. A common area runs perpendicular to the private Master wing with the Garage / Guest House at a slight angle to the common wing. The layout of the wings creates diverging shed roofs in three directions while fitting comfortably beneath several large century old Live Oak trees. The simple shapes of the individual wings are articulated with large projecting shed roofs that extend well off the exterior wall and are supported by a galvanized steel frame. The exterior finish materials focused on low maintenance, regionally appropriate materials that would weather over time in a beautiful, unassuming manner. The finishes consist of copper siding, limestone veneer and corrugated metal siding. The interior of the home takes advantage of the unique shed roof layout with an upside down curved roof truss and vaulted ceilings throughout most of the main rooms. The large common room is broken into three bays of using the curved truss and is accentuated by a small light shelf that bounces light off the adjacent curved ceiling.
We at Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture apply the idea of natural "daylighting" to every project we design to make for the best use of natural lighting within the office or classroom. This is a simple concept that, when carefully planned and incorporated with other energy-efficient measures, will result in a well conceived, successful, and enjoyable building.