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Zen Gardens

Barley & Pfeiffer Architects

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  • Peter L. Pfeiffer and Alan Barley

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4,337 sq. feet


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A former professional baseball-player-turned-homebuilder wanted to make his debut in the competitive architect-driven custom home building market. He also wanted to demonstrate that incredible energy efficiency and healthy indoor air quality attributes could “live well” with soft contemporary styling in a “high end” production-builder-dominated neighborhood not known for any of this – Steiner Ranch. Our client set out to build a comfortable backdrop for them to raise their two sons while being a “lion in sheep’s clothing” that belies its high tech energy conservation features. These include a swimming pool that not only cools, but also heats the home and a special “shading umbrella” roof that was recently endorsed by Oakridge National Labs as the one of the most significant advances in residential construction. They found the perfect property sitting at the edge of a ravine with great views that faced the prevailing cooling breezes and had the perfect solar orientation for our Central Texas climate.
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