What Are Habitat Houses Like?
Simple, decent and affordable.
Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same 3 guiding principles:
- Simple: 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.
- Decent: Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
- Affordable: 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.
We don’t just build houses, we build community.
Our vision doesn’t end at the construction of houses. We strive to be a catalyst for change for both our homeowners and the communities they live in.
Beverly Park, located in Northwest Rockford, features over 70 of the 115 homes built by RAHFH. Prior to Habitat’s involvement, the streets were scarred with abandoned, decaying houses that drained the spirit of a neighborhood wanting desperately to succeed. One house at a time, we’re invigorating a community by investing not only in the construction of new homes, but in the homeowners themselves. Our goal isn’t to just provide affordable, decent homes; it’s to bring a sense of pride to a community and lay the foundations for brighter futures.
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 Rockford Area
Traditionally, RAHFH builds one-story three or four bedroom homes that average 1150 – 1250 sq ft. The homes have a one-stall, attached garage and one bathroom.The future homebuyers select the siding, shingles, shutters, countertop and carpet colors. They also select the light fixtures. After purchase, the new homeowners personalize their homes as they see fit — this is the best part of homeownership. Making it your own!