Habitat for Humanity is well known for the good work that the organization does to assist families in difficult situations with the opportunity to have a home of their own. When the Alliston chapter of Habitat for Humanity chose to build a house in Alliston for a family in need, they contacted 3stones who has a long standing history of supporting this group locally and abroad.
An undeveloped site was secured on a quite residential street in the downtown of Alliston just off the main street. It is on the west side of the street allowing for a western exposure for the rear yard. Habitat has very specific programmatic requirements for their single family homes most notably including an unfinished basement with provision for adding another bedroom and bathroom in the future. Not only did the house design satisfy all of their criteria but it also included additional features such as a vestibule and meeting LEED design standards.
As with Habitat homes of the time, there were many donated products and services including but not limited to ICF formwork (from footings to eaves), “Posi-Strut” steel floor system, a high performance mechanical system, exterior siding and residential LEED consulting. It was important that the design approach be tailored to maximize the effectiveness of each of these systems and services and minimize waste on the construction site.
The house design is a modest bungalow to fit in with the neighborhood character. The bedrooms are located on the street side providing a buffer for the living and dining spaces which open to the rear yard. This required the entry to be located midway down the side of the house allowing for an entry sequence which includes a front porch and covered entry. Natural light is abundant in all of the rooms including the basement through generous window wells.
Since completion, Habitat has informed 3stones that this design was selected from all of their single family home designs as their best and most successful and will be used as the model for future builds.
Photography by: Sean O’Reilly