Core House


Core House is a prototype designed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity-Lincoln, a chapter of the international organization that serves the Lincoln community by providing simple, decent, and affordable housing. Habitat works with community members seeking affordable housing by providing them with 0% interest home mortgages. Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers and several vendor partnerships that donate their time and materials to help reduce building costs.

The house is part of the FACT 24: NEw Attainable House project and featured in the NEw Attainable House exhibition open throughout 2021 at the Nebraska History Museum. Follow this link for exhibition details.

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Core House was designed to adapt to families, and single individuals seeking a modern, affordable home. The social spaces in this house are designed to be open and airy, with ten foot ceilings. The side patio creates an expansion of space, becoming another room in the house to enjoy. The efficient plan focuses on the core, which includes the kitchen, bathroom, vertical circulation, and the utilities. The plumbing for the core is consolidated into one wall, which significantly reduces the cost of the home.

Material Selection

Habitat for Humanity chapters often rely upon material donations as well as volunteer labor. To maintain cost control, the Core House design team worked within the palette of existing materials and finishes used by Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln and when proposing alternate selections or upgrades, they found savings elsewhere in the project (such as through the advanced framing system) to cover the difference. The following exterior an interior material maps provide a visual form of architectural specification that helps homeowners understand their options.

See also Actual Architecture Co.’s Patio House for Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Interior Material Map

Exterior Material Map

Ground Floor Plan; the plan can easily be converted to a fully accessible home without basement

Project Team

FACT students:
Dana Howerter
Pedro Aguero

Planning student:
Roland Schwichtenberg

Ethan Boerner

Actual Architecture Co.:
Dennis Krymuza

Photography By Larry Gawel
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