Off-grid homes usually run small, but as they say, everything is bigger in Texas—including this angular off-grid house situated in Hill Country.
Miró Rivera Architects designed the 5,100-square-foot partially off-grid home with environmental sustainability in mind. Solar panels generate 61 percent of the home’s energy, while a rainwater collection system supplies all water needs, and a geothermal system manages heating and cooling.
Because the house is in Texas’ flood plane, the architects raised it ever so slightly on a pier and beam foundation so the water can flow under and away from the home during powerful storms.
With a little imagination, you can see the landscape’s rolling hills echoed in the roof’s jagged outline. The architects brought that same mindset to the interiors, which use regional pecan wood for the floors.
The home is designed to blend the stark and serene with a warm farmhouse vibe. It’s the first prototype in what the owners and architects hope will turn into a community of off-grid homes in the region.