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