Bouldin Residence on Austin Cool House Tour

This private green home in Austin, Texas earned a 5 Star Rating from Austin Energy Green Building Program and will now be available for viewing on the Austin Cool House Tour June 7, 2015.

The home has a very distinctive design that fits into the shape of the lot. The windows open towards beautiful views of downtown Austin.

These features contributed to the high score of the 5 Star Rating:

-100% of the steel used for the structural system is recycled, some directly reused from old factories and warehouses.

 -Salvaged heavy timber old barn beams.

 -Reused steel trusses from an old Texas turkey barn and recycled steel decking.

-ICF made from 86% recycled material combined with 12″ solid concrete wall used as retaining wall.

-Recycled wood in framing and finger joint wood in stud walls plus all roof framing engineered wood.

-Reused spiral steel stairs, reborn railings from an old building.

 -All wood siding is salvaged and used as a rainscreen to vent hot air. The pine siding was sealed/finished by charring the surface.

-Salvaged exterior doors and front door have a new life in this home.

-Recycled and refurbished electrical fixtures.

-All kitchen cabinets are old furniture and countertops are made from salvaged laminated beams.

 -Salvaged wood beam bar in kitchen

 -Ample daylight reaches the home even with its nestled siting amongst the tree.

-16,000 gallon rainwater cistern is tied to the metal roof.