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. 

 
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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.

 
 
 

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