Raywood Development acquired a .8-acre residential site well-positioned in Monona, WI, a small municipality nested entirely within the Madison city limits. Our goal was to subdivide the property into small lots (1/4 the size of a standard residential lot in Monona) and build a ‘New Urban” cluster of alley-loaded homes in this existing neighborhood. We accomplished our goal by re-zoning the property as a Planned Unit Development, defining our own parameters for lot size, land use, and site development constraints.
5509 Woodrow was really Raywood’s first project, but with Unit A now on the market, it has been spruced up and has a new set of glamour shots. It received a 5-Star green rating from the City of Austin’s Green Building Program (161 points; 125 required) with features like double-insulated walls, a standing seam metal roof, high efficiency heat-pump mechanical system, and durable finishes throughout. Utility bills averaged $102 per month in 2010 and with a 3Kw solar array (on the perfectly-oriented, south-facing roof), this house would be net-zero energy about 9 months out of the year. We also experimented with modular construction, experiencing firsthand all the positives and negatives of an industry that has held a utopian alure for nearly a century.
The latest project by Raywood Development is complete: Two contemporary townhomes in North Central Austin. The project received Austin’s highest 5-Star Green rating for it’s energy-efficiency, materials selections, and indoor air quality. The homes are 2,100 square feet and have three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a great backyard. We have been marketing the homes as ‘Contemporary Craftsman’ … it seems to fit.