20Kv04 Pattern Book Home

Greensboro AL / 2008 / 5th Year & Outreach

20Kv04 Pattern Book Home

Greensboro AL / 2008 / 5th Year & Outreach

The 20K Home project began in 2004 as an ongoing research project to address the need for affordable housing in rural areas and provide a decent, reasonably sized home ownership option. Each year, the Studio designs and constructs one or more 20K Home. The Studio views the research involved in the project as something that can only be done at an educational institution, where students have the luxury of time to finely consider each detail, reflect upon previous iterations and improve upon the work.

In 2008, the Studio designed and built four houses. Each house studied a different structural system as well as expanding the palette of exterior cladding. The Pattern Book home uses stick frame construction; the roof is made of scissor trusses, allowing the gable form of the roof to be read in the interior volume. The home’s interior mimics that of 20Kv02 Frank’s House, in which all of the social spaces of the home (living, dining, kitchen) are placed at the front of the house, while the bedroom is tucked in at the back of the house. Unlike Frank’s house, there are partitions enclosing the bathroom and bedroom. On the house’s exterior, cedar off-cuts from a local mill are used to create a rain screen cladding.

Project Team

Drew Coshow, Rob Douge, Abbie Grubb, Steven Ward

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