Brazos River Cabin

// 2,133 sf

Project Highlights

Nestled on the bluffs of the Brazos River, our client envisioned a self-sufficient cabin in a park-like atmosphere. Working in sync with our designer, we imbued the home with respect for the land that surrounds it – without sacrificing comfort inside it.

This home – which has the fantastic HERS Index Score of 13 compared to the new home average of 100 – is powered by solar panels and supplied with 100% rainwater. The outdoor living areas are just as critical as the indoor living space, with natural limestone and crushed granite pathways weaving their way throughout the property, as well as a boardwalk down to the river. We took great care to protect the mature trees all along the way, leaving as small of a footprint on the undeveloped land as possible.

This home earned the distinction of being a 2019 Department of Energy Housing Innovation Winner.

Features and Benefits

  • Uses renewable energy
    • 100% solar powered

  • Maximizes Energy and water efficiency
    • Zero Energy Ready Home™ Certified
    • ENERGY STAR® Certified
    • HERS Index Score 13 (the lower the better – and new homes built to code average 100)
    • Passive solar design
    • Structural insulated panel walls and roof
    • Reflective galvalume Class IV metal roof
    • 16 SEER AC with programmable thermostats
    • Solar tubes for daylighting (boosts energy efficiency because it reduces the need to use electric lighting, plus it can boost personal wellbeing)
    • Tankless water heater
    • Rainwater supplies 100% of water
    • PEX plumbing (helps prevent future leaks)

  • Provides eco-friendly outdoor spaces and materials
    • Designed home around existing trees
    • Xeriscaping (low-water landscaping)
    • Local stone

  • Promotes indoor air quality/avoids common chemicals
    • Indoor AirPLUS Certified
    • All low or no-VOC paints, stains, and adhesives
    • Non-toxic pest control


  • Square Footage: 2,133
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2


  • Photographer: Steel Shutter Photography