Dixon Residence

Building a Family’s "Forever Home"

The Opportunity

Builder Khair Zaman of Z Works Design Build col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Dixon fam­i­ly from Drip­ping Springs, Texas to cre­ate their for­ev­er’ home in the most sus­tain­able fash­ion pos­si­ble. The Dixons’ desire was to have a green home that would allow them to live effi­cient­ly and min­i­mize their util­i­ty costs. They also want­ed a mod­ern and min­i­mal design for their home that would call for very lit­tle main­te­nance.

Key Design Features

The Dixons were look­ing for a wall sys­tem that would both lend itself to the stur­di­ness nec­es­sary for a for­ev­er home and require min­i­mal main­te­nance over time. They want­ed to knock on the walls of their home and imme­di­ate­ly feel reas­sured that it would not be going any­where. They also did not want to find them­selves hav­ing to con­tin­u­ous­ly main­tain and repaint the exte­ri­or of their home to keep it look­ing pre­sentable.

Based on the loca­tion of where the Dixons want­ed to build their home, it was nec­es­sary to incor­po­rate a nat­ur­al water sys­tem, such as a well or a cis­tern, into the build. A rain­wa­ter col­lec­tion sys­tem was the ide­al choice for all par­ties, as it pro­vides a water qual­i­ty supe­ri­or to that of a drilled well. It was impor­tant to Zaman and the Dixons, though, that the water sys­tem did not detract from the over­all clean and min­i­mal aes­thet­ic of the home. A large cis­tern sit­ting out­side of the home would have inevitably had that effect.

In a state like Texas, where the weath­er is ever unpre­dictable, it was also impor­tant to the Dixons that they have top-qual­i­ty insu­la­tion in their walls to keep the inte­ri­or tem­per­a­ture of the home at a steady con­stant. This would not only keep their util­i­ty bills low, but it would also make for a green­er and more ener­gy effi­cient home, which was anoth­er major pri­or­i­ty for the Dixons.


Z Works Design Build used the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem to cre­ate a resource-effi­cient and low main­te­nance home that the Dixon fam­i­ly will be proud to call theirs for the rest of their lives.

Low Energy Costs
Low ener­gy bills have had a big impact on the family’s bud­get, hit­ting a peak of $120 in the heat of the sum­mer but stay­ing very low the rest of the year. This home is solar and net-zero ready.

100% Rainwater
The home incor­po­rates a 20,000 gal­lon cis­tern inside the ther­mal enve­lope under the bed­room wing to pro­vide clean and fresh water and dou­bles as a ther­mal mass” heat sink to cre­ate more sta­ble indoor tem­per­a­ture year-round.

Low Maintenance
Sol­id walls with durable fin­ish­es give the own­ers a sense of liv­ing in some­thing that will last for­ev­er and take very lit­tle main­te­nance.



By using the inno­v­a­tive Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, Zaman was able to help the Dixons cre­ate their for­ev­er home. The dura­bil­i­ty of the Bau­tex Block will allow the walls of the home to stand up to the harsh­est of ele­ments. Con­struct­ing the walls with Bau­tex mate­ri­als also made it pos­si­ble for Zaman to inte­grate a rain col­lec­tion sys­tem with­in the build­ing enve­lope of the struc­ture so they would not need to have a mas­sive cis­tern out­side of their home.

The inte­grat­ed insu­la­tion of the wall sys­tem keeps the inter­nal tem­per­a­ture of their house at a con­stant and their ener­gy bills low, regard­less of what is going on with the weath­er out­side. The 20,000 gal­lons of rain­wa­ter that are col­lect­ed with­in struc­ture pro­vide fur­ther insu­la­tion, which makes this home extreme­ly effi­cient.

As for the aes­thet­ic of the home, the Bau­tex walls fit per­fect­ly with the mod­ern and min­i­mal look the Dixons were going for. Con­trary to the mis­con­cep­tions that an ICF wall lim­its the design palette, the Dixons’ wall sys­tem is capa­ble of being enhanced by any num­ber of exte­ri­or fin­ish­es. The Dixons incor­po­rat­ed wood and met­al wall fin­ish­es in sev­er­al areas of the house.

Project Info

Project Name: Dixon Res­i­dence
Location: Drip­ping Springs, Texas
Building Type: Res­i­den­tial
Building SF:2,760

Project Team

Architect: Khair Zaman
Builder: Z Works Design Build
Bautex Installer: Z Works Design Build