Neighbor-Type House

Balancing the security of ownership and the shared values of community


Neighbor-Type maximizes land use and approaches affordability through densification and the ownership model of a community land trust. Five homes of various sizes share a 100′ x 150′ double lot. Individual families may purchase the homes while the land remains with the trust as a shared resource. The proposal strikes a balance between the security of ownership and the shared values of the community, ultimately providing access to housing in an accelerating market.

Two houses are single-floor accessible ranch-style dwellings but by maintaining equal footprints, the mix of one and two-story homes can be easily adjusted. The houses are simple and iconic with varying proportional window sizes placed according to interior functions and captured views. Roofs and walls of standing seam metal contribute to the monolithic appearance of the houses while bright-colored entry recesses (created by local artists) identify the initial homes.

This 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. A printed catalog published by Actual FACT Books is now available.

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This project attempts to add density while maintaining the character and scale of the neighborhood. Through the mechanism of the Community Land Trust, this "missing middle" housing proposal helps alleviate the burden of rising land values.

the typical Lincoln block and neighborhoods of focus

the community outdoor room

A central shared path organizes the dense site to create a gradient of public to private spaces with an outdoor gathering area at the center. At the rear of the lot the path bisects a shared carport with garbage/recycling stations fronting an existing alley. Public areas within the houses face the path while private rooms orient to the side yards or are located on the second floor.

Site Section

Ground Floor Plan, 3Br / 2Ba House

2021 PAC College of Architecture prize, First Place winner

Jury comments:

"Practiced and polished, Jamie and Quinn presented their Neighbor-Type project with clear objectives and design intent. Thoughtful use of a community land trust to increase densification of Lincoln neighborhoods with affordable housing, the team sought to create ‘a community within a community’. Collaboration was an unquestionable priority as the pair worked not only with users from Neighborworks-Lincoln on a weekly basis, but also teamed with a Community and Regional Planning studio to provide depth regarding zoning and research of the area. Final output not only depicted a thorough design story but also appeared cohesive in both verbal presentation and in written/graphic form."

Jury Comments, 2021 AIA Nebraska Emerging Professional: Built & Unbuilt Merit Award

The jury appreciated the approach to increase density in existing neighborhoods. This can contribute to neighborhood revitalization and foster community among neighbors. The plans are tight, livable, and well-conceived. The carved porch entries are affective. As this project and this approach are developed, we hope the shared spaces will be developed to be as inviting and livable as the houses themselves.

Prototyping Attainability

Affordable Housing is an expansive, multifaceted, and interdisciplinary problem that is currently considered a national crisis. The term affordable housing, however, is often conflated with subsidized housing – government support for the very needy – but the housing crisis not only impacts those at an extremely low-income levels but those at low to middle-income levels too. Extending the work begun with the Neighbor-Type project, author, Quinlan McFadden explores attainable, urban infill prototypes that work towards providing diverse housing solutions for neighborhoods. Together, these prototypes propose design and public policy changes, challenging the reader to consider the spectrum of pathways to attainable housing, such as neighborhood characteristics and density, processes for zoning and policy approvals, and program implementation.

The book is available for purchase here.


2021 PAC College of Architecture Prize, First Place
2021 AIA Nebraska Emerging Professional: Built & Unbuilt Merit Award

Project Team

FACT students:
Quinlan J. McFadden, Jamie Schacher

Planning student:
Mohamed Gibriel

Ethan Boerner

Actual Architecture Co.:
Dennis Krymuza

Photography By Larry Gawel
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