Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same 3 guiding principles:
Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
HfH uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local standards.
Volunteers/partner family labor, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for families to purchase Habitat houses.
“This home is more than a house. It is a home with love, built with love and hope and dreams, because of Habitat for Humanity. You’ve given our family hope – no matter how bad things get or have been in the past. God has blessed our family with the caring, supportive, concerned, kind people at Habitat.”
– a Habitat for Humanity Partner Family
Habitat Houses in North America
Habitat houses in the United States are typically built using wood frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs.
U.S. Habitat houses are modestly-sized by North American standards. Habitat’s dictates a 3-bedroom new construction house may have no more than 1,050 sq feet of living space.
HfH’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.