2019 AIA-CKC Home Tour
Habitat for Humanity Residence
The design of a Habitat house is driven by affordability, the needs of the homeowner family in terms of number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the neighborhood, and the skills of our construction volunteers.
The homeowner of the 20th Street house is a single mother with three children.
In this case, the neighborhood – Russell - plays an especially important part. After many years of disinvestment, West Louisville is experiencing a significant increase in investment in housing and overall economic development. As this activity grows, it is important that planners, architects, developers and the city work together to ensure quality construction and its compatibility with the character of the neighborhood. That means that in addition to our homeowner family, the city was also a ‘client’.
Louisville Metro Government has specific design goals and requirements for the Cedar Street Development in the Russell Neighborhood where the house is located. We adjusted our standard design details after a series of meetings with the city. A few design revision cycles later, our design was approved and we were given the go-ahead to purchase the lot and start building.
It was a time and resource-intensive process that makes some developers shy away from the area. But for us it was worth it.
We are very excited to build in the Russell Neighborhood. To join with other organizations to help this community and this family prosper is immeasurably rewarding.