Protecting and Showcasing a Unique Car Collection

The Opportunity

Architect Matt Fajkus and builder Matt Risinger col­lab­o­rat­ed on AutoHaus to create a unique living space and garage for a car collector moving to Austin. In designing this new home, the 15-car garage was a key element of the overall design. The design team created a unique hybrid structure that seam­less­ly and effi­cient­ly inte­grates the residence and garage spaces.

Key Design Features

There were a number of important require­ments for this project. First and foremost was the need for a high level of security. The walls also needed a high fire rating to protect the structure and adjoining residence from internal fires that could be caused by the cars themselves.

In order to protect the valuable cars from the aging effects of the Texas climate, the space had to be con­di­tioned and the walls had to meet latest code require­ments for con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion and be energy efficient.

As the cars are washed on a regular basis the walls also need to be able to withstand being sprayed with water on a regular basis. They wanted a wall that was totally imper­vi­ous to moisture damage from interior to exterior.

Another important element when pro­tect­ing cars is the ability to control the humidity as well as the tem­per­a­ture in the space. If it’s too dry, it can pre­ma­ture­ly age many of the expensive parts of the cars. If it is to damp, too much humidity can also damage the cars.


The architect and builder of AutoHaus utilized the Bautex Wall System to help meet a broad set of owner require­ments for their hybrid residence and collector’s garage.

Physical Security
Auto Haus utilized Bautex Block to provide a unique car col­lec­tion pro­tec­tion from physical and envi­ron­men­tal damage, while also making the cars visible and acces­si­ble to the owners.

Sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of Wall Design
The Bautex Wall System provided structure, enclosure, and insu­la­tion in a single inte­grat­ed and robust package. Just add stucco and plaster finishes and the walls are complete.

Dura­bil­i­ty and Low Main­te­nance
The owners had this need for a big space that could be hosed out, that could be power washed, and with Bautex they are not worried about water.

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In order to meet all these important require­ments, the architect and the builder decided to use the inno­v­a­tive Bautex Wall System. The Bautex Wall System met all of the owners’ needs for security, safety, moisture resis­tance, ability to control the tem­per­a­ture and humidity and energy effi­cien­cy — all in one inte­grat­ed wall assembly. Because it is a composite system, Bautex Block also saved on con­struc­tion time and sim­pli­fied the overall design and con­struc­tion of the building.

Project Info

Project Name: Auto Haus
Location: Austin, Texas
Building Type
: Res­i­den­tial
Stories: 2
Building SF
: 3,878
Completed: 2017

Project Team

Architect: Matt Fajkus Archi­tec­ture, LLC
General Con­trac­tor: Risinger & Co.
Bautex Installer: Boothe Concrete, Inc.
Struc­tur­al Engineer: Arch Con­sult­ing Engineers, PLLC