20Kv08 Dave’s Home

Newbern AL / 2009 / Outreach Project

20Kv08 Dave’s Home

Newbern AL / 2009 / Outreach Project

In this iteration, the team took much care to examine the successes and failures of all previous versions, deciding it would be more beneficial to improve upon the existing research than start anew. The team decided to further examine the "shotgun house" typology first examined in Frank's home (20Kv02).

Dave's home has the same building footprint as Frank's home, but the size and placement of the porches has been redistributed to allow a larger front porch, a small back stoop, and an additional 9' length of interior space. Enclosing more space does not significantly affect the budget, since a large portion of the cost is embedded in the foundation and floor platform work. Construction techniques and details have been streamlined and materials selected to allow for a very quick building timeline: the home could be built in 3-4 weeks. Since the build time decreased, the team discovered that the budget could be adjusted to allow for $12,500 in materials and $7,500 in labor and contractor profit.

One aspect of Frank's home that the team admired was how the gabled form of the house gives it presence and a sense of pride. However, responding to critique of the materiality of previous 20K Homes, white pine was replaced corrugated metal on the front facade, while painted white metal (a more economical cladding material) was placed on the sides and rear of the home. The team also addressed the unresolved issues of privacy in Frank's home by adding a fully enclosed bathroom and a door to the bedroom.

Pursuant with the goal of creating a model home, "Dave's Home" is the first to be tested with a contractor.

Project Team

Charity Bulgrien, Ian Cook, Obi Elichi

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