Resilient Ranch in Texas

Resilient Ranch in Texas

Water, food security and land stewardship are just as important as energy independence for this Texas ranch house.
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Green Builder Home of the Year Awards

Green Builder Media

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 6:00am

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Family and community are the focus of this ranch, creating a space where the homeowners could age in place surrounded by family, food and the Texas countryside. Nestled on 100 acres in Texas Hill Country, this artist’s compound is a colorful gem of self-sufficient living and connection with nature.

In the past few years, Texas has been plagued with drought and wildfire; the homeowners built this passive solar home in response to the changing landscape. A preliminary Wildfire Defense assessment was incorporated into the building site to minimize risk of loss.

An abundant one-acre garden and orchard are watered solely by a 30,000 gallon rainwater collection tank, which is also used to water Longhorn cattle and other livestock. An additional 40,000 tank provides 100 percent of the family’s domestic water. This solar-powered compound is complete with a battery backup system to support the energy needs for both the main house and detached living quarters.