The Slim House is an architecturally superior design and stood above the other submissions. The Slim House provides a “smart urban solution” with excellent density that would work well in San Francisco or along transit corridors in San Mateo and/or Marin Counties. The design successfully addresses the ease of construction, an important factor for the volunteer built Habitat home. Stacked plumbing is key and the rooms are narrow but workable. The narrow lot size is typical for the region in which Habitat Greater San Francisco is building.
Additionally, smaller compacted outside spaces are becoming the norm and this design reflects that trend very well. Should Habitat Greater San Francisco implement elements of this design, modest adjustments would include changing the flat roof to a shed roof (slopes at 4:12 are volunteer friendly, cheaper and reduce water intrusion issues) and eliminating/reducing the pop outs, neither of which would hurt the intelligent floor plan.
“The Y parking configuration is ingenious and inventive.” Lou Vasquez
“The architect has designed a solution that fits for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco in a variety of municipalities we serve while providing the flexible floor plan that keeps our partner families as the focus.” Phil Kilbridge
“Units are detached which is a very positive move for buyers and future residents. The project handles high density well. It is good to see the design is appropriate for the typical San Francisco 25x100 foot lot, which indicates a difficult site planning task in an urban setting but an easier task in a more open suburban setting. Interior rooms work well with the exterior space creating enough privacy between units. Use of uncovered (open) parking demonstrates and appreciation for the building costs (building garages or covered parking increases project costs), money is better spent on living space. The driveway is long enough to accommodate guest parking. Additionally, the use of wood siding in random areas gives the project a more varied appearance over the project’s context, this material softens the typical urban concrete setting." Donald MacDonald