Modern Prairie

presented by Barley Pfeiffer Architecture

Oliver Custom Homes 2020 Austin ModernHome Tour

Architect: Alan Barley, AIA and Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA
Builder: Oliver Custom Homes
Photography: Mark Adams Media

Our inspiration for this home was a Modern approach to the “Prairie-style”; one that responds well to the harsh Central Texas heat. By DESIGN we achieved soft balanced and glare-free daylighting, comfortable temperatures via passive solar control measures, energy efficiency without reliance on maintenance-intensive Green “gizmos” and lower exterior maintenance.

The client’s desire for a healthy, comfortable and fun home to raise a young family and to accommodate extended visitor stays, while being environmentally responsible through “high performance” building attributes, was met. Harmonious response to the site’s micro-climate, excellent Indoor Air Quality, enhanced natural ventilation strategies, and an elegant bug-free semi-outdoor “living room” that connects one to the outdoors are a few examples of the architect’s approach to Green by Design that results in a home that exceeds the expectations of its owners.