A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

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.

"Anybody can throw money at a house and make it green," says designer Kevin Alter of Alterstudio Architects. "Anne and Sam’s approach is differ­ent." For proof of this, look no further than Anne Suttles and Sam Shah’s stairwell, where a neon sign declares their long-term commitment to their 2,428-square-foot green home in Austin, Texas: "This Is It."

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