You say you’d love to tear down the residence you have and update it — without wasting all the old material? That is what this Tarrytown owner accomplished, with a little help from Cornerstone Architects. With an aim in thoughts of LEED-centered principles in the design, and a fervent want to put together a sustainable house, the client and designers worked with each other to deconstruct the complete residence piece by piece, then reuse or reclaim 95 percent of the material. The resulting structure is airy, spacious, and bright its multi-leveled roof façade presents a curb-friendly appearance with a minimal footprint, for a house that is as straightforward on the eye as it is on the atmosphere. Not that this finish came with no some challenges: the house was designed around existing trees, but the owner wanted to expand the views while nonetheless preserving a private interior.
The resolution entails a central “open” living space that segues into the south corner of the lot even though there’s lots of glass about one particular bath’s soaking tub, for instance, it looks out on a private courtyard region with both fencing and higher trees as screening. “Floating” stairs preserve a rustic appearance with modern day lines, and such touches as vibrant modern art and unique “chandeliers” over the dining table clearly indicate an updated strategy. But this home also achieves its efforts toward “green”: its use of rainwater collection systems, skilled shading, energy-effective appliances, spray-foam insulation, and repurposed components gained it a 5-star rating from the Austin Power Green Developing Plan. An ideal compromise of updates and earth-conscious responsibility: that’s this Bowman residence from Austin’s own Cornerstone Architects.