The Kaufmann House

July 31, 2014 | Projects

Sustainable design with artist collaboration; Contemporary Pull proudly features its latest completed project: The Kaufmann House.


The Kaufmann house project began with the deconstruction of an existing, deteriorated home that was donated to local charities as building materials. The new home incorporates extensive sustainable design features including ample natural daylighting and cross ventilation, ground linked thermal mass concrete floors and exterior microclimate courtyards. Materials include reclaimed cream city bricks from the Schlitz Brewhouse, salvaged pickle-barrel cypress siding, wind-felled pine beams and the solar thermal panels, which heat the home. The site is covered with native, edible landscape, including large rain retention gardens and green roofs that capture 100% of stormwater on site. Local artists designed many elements in the home, such as the staircase, front door canopy, and cabinetry pulls.


The project was developed by Juli Kaufmann, President, Fix Development, a consulting company that leads projects that create more sustainable land, buildings and organizations. Fix Development creates social enterprises with a triple bottom line – for the benefit of people, planet and profit.