My first design project as an interior design undergraduate student was to design and hand-draft a house for Habitat for Humanity. The program was chosen for its simplicity - the exercise was meant to be more about space planning and fundamentals of drafting and drawing. I saw the project as an opportunity to re-examine Habitat's standards; instead of restrictions such as a single-story, vinyl siding, and a hipped roof, I wanted to see if there was a more sustainable, modern, yet affordable and construct-able prototype.
Sustainable Habitat House
Design: Spring 2013
Size: 1000 square feet
Type: Affordable single-family residential
Location: Searcy, AR
The original project, while simplistic as a first major design project, focuses on light and passive solar gain and shading, thermal mass, and double-height, open spaces.
The project was hand-drafted, then 3D-modeled while learning digital design software; the drawings shown here are a revision to reflect a more refined graphic style several years later. The Sustainable Habitat House still stands as a potential higher-quality solution to the good work of Habitat of providing affordable housing to those traditionally under-served.