Thursday, August 29, 2013

GreenTex Builders - Crestview Home Tour in Austin Texas

Most of you know I was a home builder in my past life, and every once in awhile I come across a custom home builder that really gets my attention. I kept coming across GreenTex Builders located in Austin Texas. On Houzz they were chosen Best of Houzz 2013, then I saw them on HGTV (more about that another day) and on facebook, pinterest and everywhere else I turned. They are two young men, Cory McCallum and Cameron Ponsford who started their own building company, building and renovating residential homes and commercial spaces. They are LEED certified and dedicated to building homes that are sustainable and energy efficient. They shared with me this project that they did in the neighborhood of Crestview in Austin Texas, and it is a beauty!

First take a look at the front of this completed home. It has 2 bedrooms and 2-1/2 bathrooms on the first floor, and a second living room / media room and 2 bedrooms with 2 baths upstairs.

Below is the original home that the owners purchased and then they went to their friend and custom homebuilder, GreenTex Builders who recommended the architect, Chuck Krueger who came up with the design to be able to construct this house.

The original 2,000 square foot house was built in the 1950's. GreenTex Builders kept the original footprint of the house but stripped it down to the studs and added a second floor for a total of 4,000 square feet. They reused the original brick on the house to brick the front and the sides of the home. You can see the beautiful entryway with the 30" roof overhangs with down lights and the standing seam metal roof. There is spray foam on the underside of the roof as well as the walls increasing the efficiency of the home. The exterior wood used here on the front porch is salvaged wood and isn't it absolutely beautiful.
This is an open floor plan, you can see the front door entry into the living room, and also the kitchen.

The living room has gorgeous built-in custom cabinetry made from reclaimed wood. The slats which are pine came from House+Earth, a local green building material supplier. Do you see those three doors at the end of the living room, well they are accordion doors and all three of them fully open to rest against the right wall, allowing you to really enjoy the outside space as well. Also notice the built-in bookcases - in my world these are a necessity. If you want to see more about those doors and other aspects of this home go to this youtube video.

Do you see that dutch double door? It leads into the laundry and mud room and the owners put it in so that their Great Danes could see into the living room space without actually being in the room - how smart is that!
All of the cabinetry in the laundry room is custom made and the countertops are Silestone, which is composed of 94% natural quartz. If you are not familiar with Silestone you can go to their website here and find out all about them. The owners installed high quality materials throughout this house. 
The space you see to the left under the cabinets in the picture below is where the giant dog kennels go for those Great Danes. You gotta love a dog owner who consider their pets needs. Glass mosaic tiles for the backsplash above the sink in the laundry area.

This Kitchen is fabulous and I am loving everything, the dark custom cabinetry, the reclaimed pine wood slats on the island, Wolf range with a grill, double door refrigerator with wood panels, those Silestone countertops, glass mosaic backsplash, and the dishwasher also with wood panels, that Kohler sink and Delta faucet. And if all that weren't enough - well just check out the double chandeliers!

I adore a table pulled up to a window seat, first of all it is beautiful, secondly it saves a lot of space - no need to pull out chairs. The master bedroom is right down that hallway.

The island cabinetry is painted, which is a nice contrast to the dark stained cabinetry and it has a small raised bar so you can pull up some bar stools. In the room behind the kitchen you can see a glimpse of the dining room.

All of the hardwood flooring is refurbished long leaf pine floors which were sourced from House+Earth. They are installed over a 3/4" plywood subfloor, then sanded and stained. The stain and sealer used on the hardwoods is a water based product.

Never underestimate the power of lighting. Hanging lights, can lights, under counter lights - it is all beautiful and functional.

Here is the formal dining room space. This house seems to be filled with natural light and notice that tree branch hanging light, very original.

The Master Bedroom is located on the first floor and has a ton of natural light and coming from those double french doors.

The master bathroom has separate sink areas with Silestone countertops, vessel sinks and mosaic tile backsplash. I am loving those faucets at the sinks and those pendants lights that are hanging right and left of the mirrors which the owners are waiting to have installed. 

This tub is a BainUltra Origami freestanding bathtub. I NEED one of these. The fully tiled wall with the row of mosaics is a very nice touch and I am loving that faucet.

The shower has shower heads located on each wall, one with a handheld device, it also has built in shelving to hold shampoo and other necessities. They are awaiting the glass enclosure shower enclosure. The water closet has a pocket door.

A set of pocket doors closes this space off from the rest of the house.

This is the second bedroom located on the main floor with its own bathroom.

There are several sets of pocket doors in this house. Have you noticed the doors throughout this house. They are knotty alder solid wood doors which are stained in a beautiful rich finish as is the cabinetry.

I love this classic glazed tile and the strip of mosaic tile wrapping around and becoming the backsplash for the sink vanity gives it even more interest. Look at that floating cabinetry and the choice of finish on the faucets and the sconces.

Remember in the picture of the living room - the three accordion doors that fully opened, well there they are. Now at the end of the patio see that beige strip up along the ceiling, that is a retractable screen the raises and lowers with the push of a remote button to make this entire outside space a screen in porch, and when you don't want that screen down, well you just press a button and up and away it goes.You can see this in action if you watch the youtube video I talk about earlier.

All of the turf on the front yard was native to the area and it is able to sustain the droughts and hot summers that come with living in Texas. Right now the Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) Program gave GreenTex Builders a 4 star for this house. The rating can be upgraded to a 5 star when the owners landscape their rear yard with the same native grass as is in the front. The goal of the owners and the builder was to build an affordable energy efficient home that will last for many decades. This was GreenTex Builders first AEGB rated home and they were very pleased to get the 4 star but are even more excited about receiving the 5 star once the rear yard is completed. They said that the AEGB program is awesome and that Miki Cook was very resourceful, that the rating worksheets were self explanatory and that you can get a lot of ideas on how to make your own home more efficient, sustainable and accessible. If you would like more information about AEGB go here.
A light filled staircase with operable windows leads us to the second story. The windows are all dual pane argon filled low E windows which increases the efficiency of the home and lowers your heating and air conditioning expense substantially.

This is their upstairs living room / media room complete with a built in refrigerator and upper and lower cabinetry. The raised ceiling makes the space feel even more expansive. 

They continued with the same flooring upstairs as on the first level.
The owners didn't just want an energy efficient home, they wanted a green home, so let me mention a few other items in this house. A top of the line Carrier furnace and an AC system with humidity controls was installed. All of the mechanical systems are networked together and are controlled by the owners smart phones or tablets from anywhere. Another very cool aspect of this home is what they did with the scrap lumber and other scrap materials, they called in Construction Waste Recyclers. CWR has a unique machine that separates the nails and other metal from the old lumber so that the materials could be used as landscaping mulch. Now how cool is that!

There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor.
Isn't this bathroom lovely. The hot water heater for this house is a tankless hot water heater which uses less energy to heat your water, you will never run out of hot water, you never need to worry about your water heater rusting and flooding your house ever again, and you can put the heater just about anywhere.

Don't you just love the splash of green in this bathroom.

Isn't this an absolutely lovely home. When I look at this home I don't think about it being a green home, but rather I think what a beautiful home this is. Well these owners have the best of both worlds, a beautiful and a green energy efficient home. Cory and Cameron love building in the Central Austin area and they have been very successful renovating older homes and building new homes as well as commercial spaces. They shared with me that they strive to complete all of their projects under 10,000 square feet in a 4 to 8 month time frame depending on the scope of work of course, that they treat every home as if it were their own, and that being up front and communicating clearly with their customers is what allows them to build great relationships with their customers that will allow them to excel in the town of Austin for many years to come. So if you live in the Austin area and are thinking about renovating or custom building a new home you know who to get in contact with. I have included a lot of links to resources that can be very helpful and informative to you if you are wanting to become more aware of green building or need an architect. I hope you have enjoyed the tour of this home as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you.

Linking to: French Country Cottage
Linking to: Redoux Interiors
Linking to: Common Ground
Linking to: My Romantic Home
Linking to: Savvy Southern Style 
Linking to: Worthing Court Blog


  1. Lots and lots of these old ranch-style houses in Houston too. The young families are doing exactly that here too. This is a great post!!

    1. Thank you Marsha. The same is true here in Dallas, Texas. I love seeing these communities getting a breath of fresh air, and becoming new once again. Here in Dallas we have these wonderful urban communities and they are being revitalized by the renovation of these older homes and they are becoming, "the place to live."
      Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  2. OH MY!! I can't get past those floors...amazing!!

    1. Thanks Susan. Aren't those floors absolutely gorgeous, and then to realize that they came out of a barn and were reused here in this house. They are long leaf pine!
      Thanks, Patty

  3. Wow! The two houses are completely different! I love the chandeliers in the new kitchen and the green cabinet in the bathroom. I also love that they reused barn flooring!
    I am a new follower! Looking forward to seeing more from you. I invite you to visit me if you get a moment!
    Have a lovely day!

    1. Thank you Khammany for your kind words and for the follow. I will head over to your blog.
      Thanks, Patty

    2. Hi Patty! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for adding me to your blog circle! I appreciate the lovely comment you left about my white vase :)
      Have a great evening!

  4. Oh, how ironic to see this today. I was thinking of my old neighborhood (Crestview) just today.

    Looks like they do great work!

    1. Thank you. How cool for you to read a blog about a community you use to to live in. I hope it brought back some pleasant memories for you.
      Thanks, Patty

  5. OMG - how absolutely gorgeous - I never expected the inside to be this spectacular!!!
    LOVED this post!

  6. what an amazing home, just beautiful!!

  7. I love how the exterior of the home was transformed - very nice indeed!

  8. What an incredible transformation! The front of the house is amazing, well, the whole house is, but I love how they worked out all those elevations. They did an outstanding job! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Cristina! I love the elevations also, I would call this architect in a minute to draw up my construction drawings.
      Thanks Patty

  9. What a great home! I love all the reclaimed wood in the interior and the doors are beautiful! Thanks for stopping by to see us Patty, and for your inspiring pictures!
    xo Nancy

    1. Hey Nancy! It is such a good thing to use reclaimed wood, it is absolutely beautiful and no new tree's were cut down to make these hardwood floors. We have so many materials that can be re-purposed, and I think the world has finally embraced re-purposing materials. It is a great thing.
      Thanks, Patty

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  11. Patty,
    Love this renovation and passion that goes along with it-and the reclaimed wood-best ever with all of the natural character and rich hues.
    Great Post!

    1. Thanks Jemma. That reclaimed wood really does add a character to this house, now I am on the lookout for it!

  12. Patty, this home is stunning! Love the transformation the builder and architect accomplished. And the interior is just gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  13. I can see a bit of Frank Lloyd Wright in the exterior of the home. The interior is just amazing! Thank you for this wonderful share.

    1. Laura, I so agree, it does have a Frank Lloyd Wright appearance.
      Thanks, Patty

  14. Home was looking so beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

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  16. As a long time Austinite and North Austinite at that, I lived near Crestview. In fact, the last house my parents owned was in Brentwood right next to Crestview. I have to say there have been a ton of houses torn down and/or redone in Austin. I haven't been able to see in all of them, though I did see one on HGTV that I actually knew where it was! This house is beautiful, kind of have to wonder who needs so much room, but I know I could fill it up! Beautiful floors, my cats would kill them, but they are very beautiful. I guess the only thing I didn't like was the green paint, but that's one of the colors that, in my - never-to-be humble - opinion, should only been used in small accents. I'm sure most people feel the same way about my purples.... Now I can see myself driving around, wasting gas, just so I can see this house in person from the outside!

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