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Fliessgleichgewicht (Flowing Balance)










(This house reported 32 resource efficient features.
Percentages above indicate the distribution of features and total 100%)


  • To build a custom home using green building practices, recycled content materials, and life-time accessibility principles within the owner's budget.
The front entrance to Fliessgleichgewicht features native plants, wetlands, and a large porch


  • Location: Jonestown, Texas
  • Climate Zone: Hot-Humid
  • Type of Project: New Construction
  • Home Completed: 2000
  • Setting: rural
  • Energy Source: - propane - grid electric
  • Layout: Single-Family; 2 bedroom; Attached garage
  • Lot Size: 5 acre
  • Square Footage: 2500
  • Sales Market: Middle-income
  • Cost/Square Foot: $ 70.00


Heidi M. Wittenborn
Wittenborn Home
- Designer - Homeowner

Phone: 512-267-5147


  • Austin Corporate Recycling Council Award For Sustainability      
  • Texas Corporate Recycling Council Award for Sustainability      


Heidi named this home Fliessgleichgewicht (flees-glike-ge-vict) (Flowing Balance) to show how a home, its site, and a person's lifestyle can work together. Her recommendation to others is that because of the large investment of time and money, anyone who considers building a green home should expect to do a lot of homework to help assure a satisfying end result. In regards to this home, Heidi researched building options and every aspect of home construction for two years before starting on this house. The guiding principles were affordability, sustainability, resource conservation, life-time accessibility, and safety.

She participated in the construction of a house through Habitat for Humanity, attended green building conferences and traditional home shows, visited builder’s showrooms, solicited ideas from others, toured green built and traditional homes, read books, subscribed to building magazines, iterated and reiterated floor plans on computer software, and hired an architect to work with on converting the computer design to formal blueprints.

Heidi also spent many hours considering what she wanted the house to do for her. She worked to build a home that catered to her lifestyle, without concern for its resale value. The result of her work, however, appeals to many of the people who see her home.

The Great Room provides space for entertainment, dancing, and relaxing

Concrete exterior walls and steel trusses provide most of the home's structure

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