boy playing on the hardwood floor of sustainable home in Austin
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Family Plan

They turned to local architect David Webber, knowing he could deliver a green design that would retain a traditional feel. Starting with the simple, cottage look the Lessners wanted, Webber came up with a plan to increase the size of the house from 2,100 to 3,500 square feet, making room for three kids' bedrooms (with one cleverly compartmentalized bath to serve them), a master suite, and a nursery, all upstairs, and reconfiguring the first floor into an open-plan kitchen/dining/family room. He drew a second story of steeply pitched gables as a distinctive envelope for the remodeled home, repeating elements of the original 1940 house such as the brick arch on the front exterior and the shiplap paneling on the interior. He also included plenty of features from the homeowners' wish list, including window seats, a walk-in pantry, interior windows to maximize natural light, built-in bookcases, millwork details, and a second-floor laundry.
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