I will be in class for the next 3 days and unable to document and post about all the action I expect to be going on over at the site. so how about an intermission.
I have had a few people email me asking about our west austin (west lake hills) location. and for those of you who are not familiar with austin, it might appear from the pics that we are building in a suburb or rural location. yet, we are exceptionally close to downtown, zilker park
etc), the capital
, UT campus
and most importantly kat's work.
and while our mailing address is austin, we live within the city limits of west lake hills
. after years of legal disputes with the growing city of austin, WLH became a sort of island. it refused to conform with city life and enforced rigid local codes to preserve the rural feel of the area. and while we may own an acre, the city feels that they own the trees. it was explained to me that each home is to be surrounded by a donut of forest. we have a 50 ft setback and we can only landscape 30 ft around our home. the rest is to left as it is. while this seems problematic, it has been instrumental to why we like the area so much. I enjoy the lack of sparwling front yards. of course, WLH has almost no flat land. by WLH standards our lot is flat. many homes are perched on slopes over canyons.
so on my initial scouting trip that we saw on the first post of this blog
, I drove through west lake hills. called my wife and although it was out of our budget, I admitted this location would be the best possible. not only was our lot almost directly across the street from one of the best
elementary schools in the austin area, but I saw some nice examples of modernism. I've included some pix of homes that are near ours.
all those trees also sorta kinda put a damper on my ability to get good pics of my neighbors homes.
behind all of the green is a home that was constructed of rammed earth
. the walls are 2 ft thick! much better pics of that house using the link above.
and this is from a lot that is just 10 down from ours. they have a fantastic view of down town and the capital.
lets all take a moment of silence to mourn the loss of our pumpkin. it couldn't hold on till halloween. it grew fuzz and collapsed over night