How’d that $99k house project turn out? One reader tells Swamplot he’s impressed that a custom-designed house that “may be LEED accredited” could be completed for that price:
The event was great, if very hot ( it was a Noon yesterday). The mayor and principals involved in the project all spoke briefly, and we toured the house.
More photos from yesterday’s official opening on Jewel St. in the Fifth Ward:
If you’ve seen the book, you’ll know that there were dozens of entrants to the competition from all over the country; and we know that several of the other designs may be built too – all trying to stay under the HUD guideline for affordability in Houston. BTW, that guideline has been raised to $132K from 99K, I believe.
Seattle architects Hybrid/ORA designed the 3-bedroom, 2-bath house, which won the Houston AIA and Rice Design Alliance competition last year. (Swamplot has featured several of the unbuilt entries). The lot was donated by the city’s Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority. The 1,200-sq.-ft. home was built by volunteer employees of D.E. Harvey Builders and features a geothermal heating and cooling system.
Yes, it’s already sold, but the project’s organizers hope the design will become “a prototype for future affordable and sustainable housing in Houston.”
- Congratulations to the Winners [99k House Competition]
- The 99K House Book [99k House Competition]
- $99K House Competition: The Series [Swamplot]
- $99k House Competition coverage [Swamplot]