Text description provided by the architects. Public Architecture’s 1% for Habitat Initiative matched el dorado inc with Heartland Habitat for Humanity to design and build a home that surpasses the organization’s already strict design and sustainability standards. This prototype features three bedrooms and two baths in a flexible layout that can be modified to accommodate both front-loaded and rear-loaded sites. A slab-on-grade foundation allows for full ADA accessibility.
el dorado’s prototype focuses on a dynamic relationship between the indoor and outdoor living spaces. The firm used simple shading, orientation, and ventilation principles to maximize the dwelling’s responsiveness to the environment and positioned the garage and living space to create a usable outdoor living room.
A garden and water collection system encourage families to spend more time outdoors, reducing energy consumption and introducing them to sustainable practices. The program aligns with Heartland Habitat’s mission to build simple, decent homes and communities for people in need.