Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) has been called the world's most advanced building material. Popular Science explains, "they're "made by placing layers of parallel beams atop one another perpendicularly, then gluing them together to create material with steel-like strength...CLT's layered structure gives it immense strength in two directions, producing a lightweight alternative to steel or concrete."
Equitable Green Group is the first company to build this exciting material to Austin, Texas! The video above shows a time-lapse of a CLT secondary unity being built. This structure took 3 men a total of 2 days to assemble, within 48 hours we began the interior finish of the building. Compare this with several weeks of work on a standard building of this size. CLT eliminates the need for drywall and paint, and all electrical, plumbing, and HVAC happens on the outside of the structure.
Energy Efficient New Home: Leander, Texas
Austin's First Passive House
Originally built in 1955, we did a gut rehab to bring this home into a new era using the Passive House building standard. This job included asbestos mitigation, foundation work, complete rewire, and all new plumbing. We raised the roof to accommodate ten foot ceilings that nicely utilize indirect lighting. Highlights also include 3 full baths with floor to ceiling tile, custom sliding doors, repurposed wood trim from the original roof, and a more open floor plan.
Quail Park Remodel
We worked closely with our client to give their 1970's, three bedroom fixer a contemporary update. We did a massive gut rehab that included a small bump out addition, compete rewire, new windows, and energy upgrades. In a few months, we transformed a dark, dingy and suffocating space into a bright, modern, and luxurious home. The clients added their sophisticated design touches to create a lovely and relaxed space.
Arcadia Rainwater Collection System
We recently installed this rainwater collection system and hammock trellis for a client here in Austin, TX. The large rainwater collection tanks fit well into his backyard design (You almost don't notice them at first!). Learn more about the innovative aquaponic system our client is using in conjunction with his rainwater system at our blog here.
This client does a lot of urban farming and needed a pressurized 5000 gallon system for his vegetable gardens. Because his house wasn't ideally suited for a standard dry line system, we used wet lines (PVC downspouts) and have the pump in the existing shed. This project qualified for a $5,000 rebate from Austin Water.
Cordell Lane Remodel
Once a dark cave of a house with stained concrete floors and old dark wood cabinets, we worked with the client to bring light and newness to her main living spaces. We combined a garage space with a living space and installed custom, built in bookshelves.
Walnut Ave. Rainwater Collection Tanks
We installed two 2500 gallon rainwater collection tanks in a non-pressurized system. This project qualified for a $2,500 rebate from Austin Water.