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Alligator Creek Retreat
Located on a 60-acre prairie preserve near Taylor, TX, Alligator Creek is a completely off-grid house producing 100% of required power through solar panels and collecting rainwater for all potable water needs. With the building footprint minimized, the remaining site is being reclaimed as natural habitat by eliminating invasive species. Drawing inspiration from Texas vernacular construction and Japanese architecture, the design is reminiscent of a farmhouse with Japanese-style bays. This project contains an 18,000-gallon cistern integrated into the foundation, on-site wastewater management, and SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) roofing. The house is naturally ventilated with operable windows that capture prevailing winds for passive cooling and utilizes wood burning stoves for heating.

Location: Taylor, Texas
Year: 2012