Habitat for Humanity Prototype House

The Heartland Habitat prototype establishes low-tech sustainable design strategies through an integration of indoor and outdoor programming, resulting in a new model for residential infill within its surrounding contexts.

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Public Architecture's 1% for Habitat Initiative matched EL DORADO with Heartland Habitat for Humanity to design and build a home that surpasses the organization's already strict design and sustainability standards. Our prototype features three bedrooms and two baths, in a flexible layout that can be modified to accommodate both front-loaded and rear-loaded sites. A slab-on-grade foundation allows for full ADA accessibility. We used simple shadi, orientation and ventilation principles to maximize the dwelling's responsiveness to the environment, and we positioned the garage and living space to create usable outdoor space. A garden and water collection system ecourage families to spend more time outdoors, reducing energy consumption and introducing them to sustainable practices. The program aligns with Heartland Habitat's mission to build simple, decent homes and communities for people in need.
  • 2013
  • Architect
  • Kansas City, KS
  • 1,300 SF on 0.3 acres


  • Heartland Habitat for Humanity

Eldo Team

  • Principal: Josh Shelton, AIA
  • Project Manager: Steve Salzer, AIA
  • Project Designer: Brandon Froelich
  • Designer: Gavin Snyder


  • Contractor: Heartland Habitat for Humanity; Steve Thompson; Matt Trusty
  • Structural Engineer: Bob D. Campbell & Associates
  • Electrical Engineer: PKMR


  • 2015 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Merit Award


Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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