Big Enough House

Northampton, MA

The "Big Enough House" project, generated by Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, is an investigation of small house designs meant to assist low income families in Western Mass by making housing more accessible and affordable. The goal of this pilot project is to explore the possibility of a home prototype which does not exceed $50,000 and that is energy efficient, durable, and modest in size. Jones Whitsett Architects explored floor plans which would be constructed off site and delivered in parts to a variety of site conditions, yet that could grow and evolve over time. To keep construction costs low, efficient design strategies are proposed, including an open floor plan, simple openings and a slab foundation. The combination of financial accessibility and adaptability of design take strides to end the cycle of housing transience, establishing stability for working families.