A House for Sandra

Piqua, Ohio

This home for Habitat for Humanity was designed for a single woman who had skills as a furniture builder. The 1,034 SF home was constructed on an urban in-fill lot and needed to be contextual to the neighborhood. The surrounding houses were small one and half story nineteenth century houses with front porches. This house used stock windows that were carefully placed to provide natural daylight and ventilation. Habitat homes are not air-conditioned, thus making this an important design feature. While not used in the final construction, the design calls for the use of pre-engineered attic trusses and a stair. This provides expandable space and effectively makes the house a story and a half. The plan called for a small basement for services and utilities.