Cope Residence
10620 Wagon Road West
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Floor Plan
Floor Plan copyright Elliot Johnson, AIA
  • Cast Earth
  • Walls are finished surface on both interior and exterior
  • Most flooring is durable
  • On-site waste reduction

  • Energy
  • Thermal mass construction
  • Operable thermal chimney
  • Large porch
  • Home designed for 650 sq. ft. of living space per ton of cooling
  • Cooling system sized by Manual J based on actual design
  • Duct installation to City of Austin Energy Code
  • 13.0 SEER A/C system
  • Ceiling fans
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Insulated roof deck
  • Low-E glass & Double pane
  • Light-color for exterior
  • No skylights
  • Compact fluorescents

  • Health, Safety
  • Low-Voc paints
  • No vapor barrier
  • 1in pleated media filter
  • Exhaust fans
  • Utility room exhaust fan
  • Hard-surface flooring
  • Detached garage
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Electrical panel set-back from bedrooms
  • Programmable thermostat
  • No wood on exterior

  • Wate
  • Low-flow shower heads
  • Low-water use dishwasher
  • Existing vegetation is 90% undisturbed
  • Native plants utilized
  • Future rainwater system
  • This 2064 s.f. residence is the second "Cast Earth" home built in Austin.  The 20" thick earthen walls, built by the owner, make this home ideal for our hot climate.

    The Design Concept again utilizes the "one-room" concept to promote natural daylighting and ventilation.  In addition, three cupolas act as thermal chimneys for the family room and bedrooms, to draw hot air out of the home when the owners open the windows.

    The home has abundant green feautres, including stained concrete floors, metal roof, wood windows, spray-foam insulation, and of course the Cast Earth walls.

    Mobile Mixer     Form Walls

    Foamed walls    Star insert

    Finished walls    Finished walls

    Mobile mixer    Finished wall