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The Habitat House is an initiative to provide affordable housing to those in need of housing. We
needed to first conduct a client survey on what elements are desired by my client all the while still
configuring the house to Universal Design. The requirements are that of what the client desires,
conforming to the rules of affordable housing, and obeying residential codes. A few of the requirements
(that are drawn due to the size of my clients family) are the area not exceeding 900 square feet, bedrooms
must be 70 square feet, there must be a window in each habitable room, there must be bathroom with a
shower, tub, sink and toilet, and more requirements that are dictated in the habitat house codes. All the
requirements that are listed in the form rubric are needed due to the house being affordable to a lower
class of citizens.

Don Rutledge

The following client survey will keep in track the interests

and wants of you, {IAN PORTER}, and in return we will give
back the house you want guaranteed!

Don R-chitecture
Anytown, USA


Questions regarding your interests in the house you want today! Please fill out all information as
necessary to the selected architect at your disposal so he/she can quickly in an efficient give you a
design or concept due to your desires. Answer all questions below.
1) Please list all family members with name, age, and gender.
a) Ray Porter-60-Male, Wanda Porter-29-Female, Ian Porter-15-Male
2) What is your job currently and does it involve travel?
a) I am a shop store clerk, and my only traveling is from one side of the street block to the other.
3) Do you have any hobbies? Please go into deep detail.
a) I am an outdoors guy I go camping, scuba diving, climbing, cycling, off road, hiking, swimming
b) Karate
4) How is the health of your family including you? Does it involve a disability of any kind?
a) Good
5) How many children do you have currently?
a) One
6) How much storage for your items do you want?
a) Enough
7) Do you currently have animals/pets of any kind?
a) four
8) Describe what type of culture you hold close to yourself if you had to describe, like right now.
a) Texan
9) Do you have any inspiration to how your home will look like?
a) Modern/classical
10) How would want your rooms connected?
a) Just the main ones such as the dining and living room, But the bed rooms
11) Describe how you would like the bedrooms located.
a) Separated from my kids
12) Are you interested in green technology in your house?
a) Yes
13) Describe some interests that you would like in a house.
a) Tall roof
b) Quite
14) Do you want the house flexible in design after building or do you want it rigidly structured in the
same manner for eons of time?
a) Flexible
15) Do you have any future plans that will come up that might regard the house after it is built?
a) No

Overview (cont.)
The reason I did the design the way it is was due to the desires of my client and the requirements
of the habitat affordable housing initiative. First, the living room, dining room, and kitchen are all
connected to increase flow and support universal design due to it being flexible in furniture placement as
the client wanted. Plus, since the clients occupation is store clerk, they probably need to get up in the
morning and so what I designed was somewhat of an open, studio-like house with glass on east since the
sun rises in the east giving the client a morning show. Second, the client wanted the house with
modern/classical feel, which supports the reason why I made the living, dining, and kitchen all open since
most modern architecture designs are large and thrive on space. Third, the client wanted the bedrooms
separated, but the bathrooms near the bedrooms. So, what I did was designed the bathroom right in
between the bedrooms and made a nice space that acts like a home cul-de-sac where the bedrooms, the
bathroom, and the entrance to the living area are all connected. All these decisions were informed and
chosen by my client.
The design also conformed to universal design all the while also conformed to affordable housing
codes. Doors are 36 wide so that those with disabilities are able to go through the door. Theres 5 of
turning space between the dining room and the kitchen so that those in wheelchairs can come through. All
doors slam up against the walls in the rooms that are habitable and all doors to the outside world swing
inside to prevent people from unscrewing the hinges off the doors from the outside. There are windows in
all habitable rooms and thus meets habitat house requirements. To save space in the kitchen, the
refrigerator is an under the counter appliance, the microwave and oven are stacked, and the stove is also a
counter. The sink is also near the washing machine and dryer so that you have access to cleaning in a
quick manner. As you can see, the design is made to be compact and save space all while generating
enough space to feel free in the house.