Frank Ooms, photographer

Frank Ooms, photographer

Leed Certification
Innovation and Design

Porch House


Miller Family


Vanderpool, TX

LEED Consultant:

Chip Henderson


Green Rater:

Project Goal:

Porch House, with a uniquely adaptable design and construction process, enables its inhabitants to be a partner with the environment, in a house shaped by the climate and place, where the landscape and rooms are a unified whole. Like many of Lake|Flato's celebrated designs, the Porch House is born from the simplicity of vernacular architecture and leverages what Lake|Flato has learned over the years in terms of good design, quality, sustainability, and practicality.


The modular design process, where rooms are constructed in multiples, has allowed Lake|Flato to test and refine our product with the ultimate goal of simplicity, beauty and sustainability.Combined with the site built porch elements, the Porch House is designed to use much less energy than a typical house and earn LEED certification. With the addition of photovoltaic solar panels — a Porch House design option — clients can choose to have a net zero energy consumption house.

The factory built rooms are arranged on the site to take advantage of views, breeze, solar orientation, and outdoor spaces. The custom designed site built "porch elements", such as breezeways, porches, overhangs, and carports are the "connecting tissue" which holds the rooms together while allowing the overall design to adapt to the unique characteristics of the site, the weather and the client's program.

High efficiency mechanical systems, water saving features, natural ventilation systems with operable doors and windows, low embodied energy materials, healthy materials, daylighting, energy efficient LED lighting, and an overall "passive design" to the entire Porch House all work together to create a highly efficient house.

The modular construction process, where the majority of the work is done in a factory with little material waste and limited labor transportation, contributes additional energy savings.

A Porch House uses considerably less energy than a typical house and can be designed for "net zero energy consumption" with the addition of photovoltaic panels. For more information:

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