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Villa Nuevo, Austin, Texas

Burdened with a hot northwest slope and view, and single-story needs, this home was designed for empty nesters wanting to downsize and simplify. Oriented along the azimuth of the summer solstice to block the harshest afternoon sun, the residence consists of a main house and a guesthouse whose main public living spaces flank a large central courtyard bisected by a lap pool.

Large overhangs, roof and an oculus vary sun and shade to accommodate year-round use. The exterior consists of highly durable CMU, prefinished metal siding and aluminum windows. The 8,000-square foot (743-m2) south-facing roof unifies the main house, garage and guesthouse, protecting outdoor walkways and zones, while optimizing rainwater and solar collection. The interiors’ predominantly open plans offer large amounts of flexibility for the avid artifacts collectors’ changing layouts and displays.

Completed in May 2009, the home features Sheffield Metals’ 24-gauge, 2-inch (51-mm) Double Lock standing-seam metal roof panels, and Berridge Manufacturing Co.’s 26-gauge Galvalume Corrugated wall panels.

Architect: David Webber, Webber Studio, Austin
Installer: RoofCrafters Inc., Leander, Texas
Metal roof panels: Sheffield Metals International, Sheffield Village, Ohio,
Metal wall panels: Berridge Manufacturing Co., San Antonio,