What are Habitat houses like?
Simple, decent and affordable.
Habitat for Humanity houses are built according to the same guiding principles:
Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income homebuyers to purchase Habitat houses.
Habitat houses are built using wood frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, wood, concrete or vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs. All current homes built by us include energy saving features such as increased insulation, low-flow water fixtures, CFL or LED lighting, and Solar installations where applicable. Many of our homes are LEED certified.
Habitat houses are modestly-sized by North American standards. Habitat’s guidelines dictate that houses are built to meet the needs of the homeowner. 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 homeowners with disabilities include additional accessibility features.
Habitat Calaveras is a small affiliate and typically builds one house per year. The entire process from start to finish may take a year, but the end result is a new home for a hard working homeowner that otherwise may not have been able to afford a home of their own for many more years.