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OUTLINE : Design a housing model that is delightfully functional, sustainable, energy-efficient, affordable, and highly desirable.

The design solution is a welcoming home, a culmination of innovative design, cost-effectiveness, intentional site-layout, and implementation plans.

The design baseline is the Habitat for Humanity plan with significant improvements. The tall ceilings and grand room, experienced upon entering the house, are bright, spacious, and inviting. The volume of the space and selective window placements contribute to the vivid open atmosphere. The plan is flexible: additional bedrooms and/or a bathroom are readily added, per the owner's budget. The design includes broad overhangs that minimize heat gain and reduces cooling costs, protects against the elements and therefore extends the materials' life, and controls lighting. The latter allows residents to enjoy the benefits of natural light illumination without having to bear intense sunlight in the summer, yet allows warming sunshine in during the winter. Also, different roofing systems results in a variety of elevations that add character to the neighborhood, and avoids the repetitive "cookie-cutter look."

The highly modular solution simplifies construction and minimizes costs. It maximizes use of standard building materials and systems such as stock trusses, lumber, and other modular units that are more economical. The house components are easily assembled on-site by volunteers. Specifying structural spans no greater than 13' 6" in length eases construction: these materials are readily transported to the site, and the minimal weight makes it easier for the volunteers to lift and construct. In addition, implementing pier foundations accommodates uneven terrain, simplifies construction, and minimizes the impact on the site environment. These considerations contribute to a cost-effective solution.

Intentional site layout of the house, in harmony with the type of soil, topography, and vegetation are key. This ultimately affects the foundation system, ground and surface water drainage, as well as any existing or proposed landscaping. The proper orientation or positioning of the structure helps to control light, heat, views, noise, and other environmental elements. In addition, it reduces site work, maintenance, and operational costs. Intentional site layout enhances and complements the home and its surroundings.

The housing model design also facilitates national implementation and mass production, assuming small construction crews with limited experience and equipment. Support services such as kitchen, bathroom, and mechanical room are purposely located in close proximity. Any support services construction that may be difficult or challenging, especially for volunteers, may be prefabricated in a controlled environment and then delivered to the site. Entire side-modules of the house may also be prefabricated, transported to the site, and swiftly erected. Then, the on-site construction is even more simplified and faster to complete, a significant advantage when constructing during seasons of inclement weather. Executing these prefabrication plans can significantly ease construction, save time reduce costs, and raise quality.

The innovative design solution is economical and aesthetically pleasing. It adds character and charm to the neighborhood, as well as invites diversity to the community. This highly efficient and cheerful house makes a delightful home for all to enjoy.