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Green at Heart: A Traditional-Looking Green Bungalow

In this traditional-looking Austin home, green is more than skin deep.



The "Y"-shaped support that holds up the larger than normal overhang in front of the McKaskle residence is one of the only clues that this isn't a typically built home.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Tapered columns, exposed rafters, and a natural wood door surrounded by glass offer the warm and inviting Craftsman details the McKaskles wanted.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
A dropped ceiling helps define the elegant yet compact and efficient kitchen at one end of the great room. The countertops are polished, sealed limestone.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
After growing up in houses with formal dining rooms, Emily and Greg wanted a casual place to eat, so Barley and Pfeiffer added this dining nook overlooking the covered back porch.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
The same limestone used on the house exterior was chosen for the hearth and chimney in the great room. Exposed rafters help define the sitting area.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Tapered stucco columns add a Craftsman-style touch to the kitchen bar, while a runner points the way toward an office nook through the doorway. The floors are richly stained concrete.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Barley and Pfeiffer architects uses these signature support columns for deep overhangs that have been carefully calculated to shade the house during the hottest part of the day.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
The locally quarried limestone, hunter-green clapboard, and red trim add to the natural feel of the house. A cast-iron light fixture illuminates the details.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Architects Peter Pfeiffer (back left) and Alan Barley (back center), along with project manager Paul Vetter (back right), stand behind Emily and Greg McKaskle.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Glass tile serves as a backsplash for his-and-hers sinks in the master bath. To the right sits the glass-brick-enclosed shower; its floor is made of halved river rocks.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
A rich palette of reds and golds inspires the McKaskles' warm, inviting master suite. The room is located toward the back of the house where the lot slopes slightly downward, so the view gives the impression that it's perched among the live oak branches just outside.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
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