Austin • Blanco • The Hill Country • (512) 467-4001

About Casa Design Co, Inc.

Casa Design Company specializes in custom, green, outside-the-box yet inside-the-budget design. Whether one of a kind rural homes or urban infill projects, we have what it takes to help you turn dreams into reality. Whether new, remodel, or re-purpose, our long experience in design and building creates a basis for practical yet exciting projects. We design from the inside out because if it doesn't work there, you won't be happy no matter how 'cool' it looks.


The President of Casa Design Company is James Pounds, MFA, CPBD. James' background is in environmental design and homebuilding -- coming up as a hands-on master carpenter. He started his own design and construction company in 1975 in College Station, Texas and was originally certified as a Professional Designer by the Texas Institute of Building Design in 1976. In the recession of the late 1980's, James worked as an architectural rep for Acme Brick Company and later as an erosion control sales consultant in New Mexico and southern Colorado, all the while still doing architectural design on the side. Returning to the Austin area in 1997, he started Casa Design Company, Inc. He is certified as a Professional Building Designer by the National Council of Building Designer Certification and has been a long standing participating member in the Austin Energy Green Building Program. Casa Design Company works with an established and talented professional network of civil, structural, and MEP engineers as well as planning and zoning professionals and land surveyors.

Our Design Process

From dirt kicking on-site initial meetings to working with neighborhood associations, from visualization to complete construction documents and oversight we can do it all. We are available for feasibility consultations for your project. As Austin grows, many of our projects over the past few years have been remodeling and in-fill projects and we look for that trend to continue. In the Hill Country, our calling has been to produce unique site-specific homes that take complete advantage of prevailing breezes and views. Many include features such as rainwater collection systems and passive ventilation systems.

Building & Management

Yes, we still build for select clients or for projects that we find to be interesting, challenging, and fun. We prefer to build from our own plans and design, but we don't rule out other projects. We pride ourselves on staying on schedule and budget with minimal call-backs when the project is finished.

Project Spotlight

Cool Details

It's the little details that turn a house you like into a home you love.

Casa Design Company provides exciting, functional, and sustainable design to promote comfortable and healthy lifestyles for our clients. We strive to repay the cost of our professional fees by saving our clients the unforeseen costs inherent in incomplete or inadequate planning, while adding the intrinsic value of good design and construction to every project. By utilizing the principles of environmental, site-specific design practices, and sound general contracting management procedures, we can confidently minimize long-term operating and maintenance costs of the projects we create. Jim Pounds, C.P.B.D. President