Simple, decent and affordable
Habitat for Humanity builds houses according these guiding principles:
Habitat houses are modestly sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally available building materials. Habitat home designs reflect the local climate and culture.
The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.
Habitat houses are typically built using wood frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs.
Habitat’s guidelines dictate that a three-bedroom Habitat house may have no more than 1,050 square feet of living space.
Habitat for Humanity’s commitment to build with people in need readily extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.
Sustainable―or “green”―building means designing and constructing houses that are efficient and durable, that use less resources, are healthy to live in and are affordable.
We build sustainably to take better care of our environment, our homeowners, and our volunteers. Our goals are to reduce the home’s monthly and life cycle costs and increase efficiency and durability while providing healthy environments.
Habitat works in concert with many partners to continually improve the quality of our homes and the building process. We find green building techniques and materials that are comparable in price to traditional counterparts. We continually seek new ideas and educate the volunteers that work on each build site.