What Are Habitat Houses Like?
Simple, decent and affordable.
Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same 3 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 house 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 in North America
Habitat houses in the United States and Canada are typically built using wood frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs. Some affiliates also use proven alternative building materials such as adobe or straw bale construction.
U.S. and Canadian Habitat houses are modestly-sized by North American standards. Habitat’s guidelines dictate that a 3-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.
Habitat Houses in Locally
In the 25 years of working in the three cities in Calhoun County, BCAHFH has built or rehabbed 110 homes. Over 25 critical home repairs and installation of 40 wheelchair ramps have also been completed during that time. The number of families who have been impacted is far above that number. Over six hundred volunteers provide time and labor each year, donating over 20,000 of hours of labor. They come from the community at large and across the nation. They are individual citizens, often retired men and women, as well as business people and students. They include some of the most influential, wealthy citizens along with those who have known poverty for generations. BCAHFH has averaged approximately 6-10 houses per year with 4-6 home repair projects and about 10 ramp projects per year.
“This home is more than a house. It is a home with love, built with love and hope and dreams, because of Habitat for Humanity. You’ve given our family hope – no matter how bad things get or have been in the past. God has blessed our family with the caring, supportive, concerned, kind people at Habitat.”
– a Habitat for Humanity partner family