This year's Austin AIA Homes Tour exceeded all expectations! Eric MacInerney's Purple Heron Residence was toured by over one-thousand visitors. The design is a contemporary update of a traditional craftsman- style home. It features many traditional art-and-crafts details with an open floorplan designed for contemporary living.
The home also features many innovative green building technologies, including a roof-top solar panel array. Austin Energy awarded the project its highest 5- Star Green Building rating.
During the tour, the windows were open and the house remained cool the entire time without any air-conditioning!
The two-day event featured 13 homes from AIA member architects. The annual event is a major fundraiser for the Austin AIA Chapter. According to event organizers, this year raised the most money ever!
The MacInerney's cat, Brazilia, entertained visitors as they toured her home.