Date: JUN 2014
Task: Ground up new build construction.
When we set out to design a house for Barton Hills we had three main objectives. First, to have the architecture blend in with the neighborhood, second to provide a well-built house and lastly, to make it family friendly. To meet the first goal we looked towards the past and used A D Stenger, Mid-century modern design for inspiration. Stenger designed and built house in the Barton Hills area in the 1950. Second, we met with engineers and architects and used our experience to build a house that represents the best we could do within our budget. We put this house on 29 drilled piers. We had to drill from 14 to 22 feet deep to reach rock, we then had the project inspected and the concrete tested to ensure that we did all we could to start with a stable foundation. Other materials used are All Ultrex fiberglass windows by Marvin, a standing seam McElroy metal roof, custom cabinets made of walnut with pre-finished Birch interiors and Blume soft close guides. The exterior is James Hardi siding and ‘Blue’ Lueder stone from Lueder, Texas. We took deliberate steps to make the home energy efficient by using open cell foam insulation in the walls and the attic. Keeping all of the HVAC equipment and ductwork inside of the thermal envelope. All of the plumbing fixtures are water conscious. The home has two Rinai tankless water heaters. We are on a hill and we took steps to install retaining walls, drains and pipes, surface catch basin and contouring and berms to manage the drainage on the site. We also installed seamless gutters and downspouts to manage rainfall. Inside we have a large functional utility room and cubbies near the back door that provide storage for kid stuff and hooks for back packs. The kitchen, living and dining are open and family friendly to encourage interaction. There is good natural light and views among the trees which provides a connection to the outdoors and a large covered back deck that is not only a place to relax, but also shade for the doors and windows from the afternoon sun. The garage is large enough for two cars plus additional storage. There is even an outside shower for convenience and lifestyle. Being a home builder is an honor and a responsibility. We worked hard to be responsible and enjoyed building this home.