We came across an article in the Austin American-Statesman dubbing a residence here in East Austin as the "weirdest duplex in Austin". We loved all the neat energy-saving ideas implemented in this design project and wanted to share this interesting combination of homes! More after the jump…
What do a modern, technologically filled house and a 1930's bungalow have in common? For these two Austin homes, it's the sun! The modern house in this equation is the UT student-designed Snap house, built for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. The bungalow is the Harden House, a home relocated to its present location but original to the local neighborhood.
Together, both the houses are now beacons of energy efficiency and harness solar power to do all sorts of great things, like even heat water for showers. Without the modern homes amazing features, the bungalow would be gorgeous, but quite energy inefficient. You can read more about these two homes in the Austin American-Statesman article by Amber Novak.
What do you think about these two very different houses working together? Let us know!
[Photo credit: Taken from the Austin American-Statesman website and credited to Mark Matson]