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Hacienda Ja Ja / Alamo Heights, Texas

Hacienda Ja Ja / Alamo Heights, Texas

  • Siting of Hacienda Ja Ja protected the existing live oak trees, while drought-tolerant plantings, native buffalograss, and permeable walkways reduce landscape water needs supplied by the 6,000-gallon rainwater catchment system.

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    Siting of Hacienda Ja Ja protected the existing live oak trees, while drought-tolerant plantings, native buffalograss, and permeable walkways reduce landscape water needs supplied by the 6,000-gallon rainwater catchment system.

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    Siting of Hacienda Ja Ja protected the existing live oak trees, while drought-tolerant plantings, native buffalograss, and permeable walkways reduce landscape water needs supplied by the 6,000-gallon rainwater catchment system.

  • A walk through the trees brings you to this inviting entrancea feature the judges was drawn to during their review.

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    A walk through the trees brings you to this inviting entrancea feature the judges was drawn to during their review.

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    A walk through the trees brings you to this inviting entrance–a feature the judges were drawn to during their review.

  • Outside living is central to the design program for this homewith visual and physical connection to the outdoors evident throughout.

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    Outside living is central to the design program for this homewith visual and physical connection to the outdoors evident throughout.

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    Outside living is central to the design program for this home–with visual and physical connection to the outdoors evident throughout.

  • The compact floor plan is laid out around this small central courtyard, maximizing cross ventilation and natural lighting for the adjacent spaces.

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    The compact floor plan is laid out around this small central courtyard, maximizing cross ventilation and natural lighting for the adjacent spaces.

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    The compact floor plan is laid out around this small central courtyard, maximizing cross ventilation and natural lighting for the adjacent spaces.

  • Light, airy interior spaces rely on a well-sealed and insulated envelope, energy-efficient windows, and five zones of HVAC distribution to provide balanced comfort throughout the home. Low-emitting insulation and interior finishes were selected for air quality.

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    Light, airy interior spaces rely on a well-sealed and insulated envelope, energy-efficient windows, and five zones of HVAC distribution to provide balanced comfort throughout the home. Low-emitting insulation and interior finishes were selected for air quality.

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    Light, airy interior spaces rely on a well-sealed and insulated envelope, energy-efficient windows, and five zones of HVAC distribution to provide balanced comfort throughout the home. Low-emitting insulation and interior finishes were selected for air quality.

  • Light filters into the home from every angle; built-in architectural features enhance the interior design.

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    Light filters into the home from every angle; built-in architectural features enhance the interior design.

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    Light filters into the home from every angle; built-in architectural features enhance the interior design.

  • Haciendas efficient kitchen opens on to the dining/living areas, splashed with daylight from clerestory windows.  Water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting, and Energy Star-rated appliances top off the performance features, while cork flooring and Ceasarstone tops add to the resource efficiency of the home.

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    Haciendas efficient kitchen opens on to the dining/living areas, splashed with daylight from clerestory windows. Water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting, and Energy Star-rated appliances top off the performance features, while cork flooring and Ceasarstone tops add to the resource efficiency of the home.

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    Hacienda’s efficient kitchen opens on to the dining/living areas, splashed with daylight from clerestory windows. Water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting, and Energy Star-rated appliances top off the performance features, while cork flooring and Ceasarstone tops add to the resource efficiency of the home.

  • Even the shower is connected to the outdoors. Bath fixtures include a 1.75-gpm shower unit, and Watersense-certified lav faucet and toilet. Locally sourced limestone lines the floor.

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    Even the shower is connected to the outdoors. Bath fixtures include a 1.75-gpm shower unit, and Watersense-certified lav faucet and toilet. Locally sourced limestone lines the floor.

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    Even the shower is connected to the outdoors. Bath fixtures include a 1.75-gpm shower unit, and Watersense-certified lav faucet and toilet. Locally sourced limestone lines the floor.

  • This large screened porch completes the indoor-outdoor theme of Hacienda Ja Ja.

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    This large screened porch completes the indoor-outdoor theme of Hacienda Ja Ja.

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    This large screened porch completes the indoor-outdoor theme of Hacienda Ja Ja.

 

The judges loved the inviting entrance to this LEED-Platinum home and were impressed by how it is sited among the existing live oak trees. “This is a Texas design that would be welcome anywhere,” one jury member said. Spaces wrap around a small courtyard to maximize natural lighting and ventilation distributed throughout via tall glazings and high ceilings.

High-performance features that contributed to the jury’s decision include details like the variety of floors made of polished fly-ash-content concrete, locally sourced stone, and engineered wood; energy features like bio-based open-cell foam insulation, U-0.34 windows, a five-zone high-efficiency HVAC system, a wireless GreenSwitch system to reduce “vampire” plug loads, and solar thermal and PV collectors; water efficiency measures like WaterSense-certified plumbing fixtures and a 6,000-gallon rainwater catchment irrigation system; and building science details like the locally sourced wood siding installed as a rainscreen system.