A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

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August 31, 2011

Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.

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  Anne Suttles waters the bamboo muhly, palo verde, strawberry tree, and magic carpet thyme thriving in their Austin yard.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys

    Anne Suttles waters the bamboo muhly, palo verde, strawberry tree, and magic carpet thyme thriving in their Austin yard.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  Suttles and Shah readied the house for photovoltaic panels, a solar waterheating system for the pool, and a rainwater collection setup.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys

    Suttles and Shah readied the house for photovoltaic panels, a solar waterheating system for the pool, and a rainwater collection setup.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  In the corners of the kitchen and living room, narrow screened doors let the southeast breezes flow through the home and allow the remaining glass windows to stay fixed and clear.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys

    In the corners of the kitchen and living room, narrow screened doors let the southeast breezes flow through the home and allow the remaining glass windows to stay fixed and clear.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  The dining table in the Suttles and Shah residence made from two old Mexican doors.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys

    The dining table in the Suttles and Shah residence made from two old Mexican doors.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  A resalvaged 7-Up sign that is now on the door of the TV room of the Suttles and Shah house.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys

    A resalvaged 7-Up sign that is now on the door of the TV room of the Suttles and Shah house.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  The wood floor of the Suttles and Shah residence reclaimed from a barn in Missouri.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys

    The wood floor of the Suttles and Shah residence reclaimed from a barn in Missouri.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  A vintage "Leaded Pennant Gas" sign in the Suttles and Shah residence.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys

    A vintage "Leaded Pennant Gas" sign in the Suttles and Shah residence.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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