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707 E 9th Street — Collaborative Design Group - Architecture & Interiors

The client requested a modern, sustainable home for their growing family, but also desired to honor the home’s infill location in one of Houstonís oldest neighborhoods. They wanted a friendly, one story elevation to welcome family and friends, which we achieved. They also requested a central courtyard, featuring a swimming pool and views from the main entertaining areas into that space. The small footprint of the front portion of the house allowed us to incorporate a play area for the children behind a custom black privacy fence, providing enticing peeks into the courtyard. An alley allowed placement of the garages and the bulk of the program in the two story massing at the rear of the property, further enhancing the houseís minimal presence on the street. One of my most requested features, the Scullery, anchors the service core.

Sustainability was enhanced by:

Indoor air quality by all-electric variable speed heat pumps, inline dehumidification and monitored fresh air intakes

Advanced Framing techniques (6” studs, 24”OC, ladder-blocked t-walls, California corners) reduced lumber usage and waste and allowed for improved insulation, Continuous full-foam insulation, complete air sealing with a monolithic drainage plane and channelized vapor barrier.

Water efficiency is achieved through and tankless water heaters on exterior of home, EPA Watersense fixtures, dual flush commodes, fully insulated Pex supply lines and manifold system.

A Condensate Capture system whereby all mechanically-produced condensation (via heat-pumps and dehumidifiers) is captured and stored for alternative uses (landscape watering) and low-water, native landscaping with zero grass.