The Homes within Reach: A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Affordable Homes and Communities

This is an essential, highly visual architectural design resource for affordable housing. Homes Within Reach provides the first systematic guide for planning, designing, and constructing modest, yet high-quality, homes. From sitting and foundations to systems, layouts, and interior and exterior finishes, it covers dozens of design and construction techniques that promote housing quality with sensitivity to lowering costs. Homes Within Reach is packed with hundreds of photographs, and architectural design details, making it a practical visual reference, covering such topics as: selection of location and lot size with consideration of zoning; conceptual approaches to space design, access, circulation, and finishes; preconstruction phases and key building components, such as foundation, framing, window selection, prefabrication, and mechanical systems; the subdivision - density measurement units and the relationship of lots to both the homes built on them and the street front; parking arrangements, pedestrian and cyclist paths, and project infrastructure; design strategies for open spaces for outdoor and leisure activities; and, infill housing, including approaches to take advantage of existing infrastructures. Complete with demonstration projects, checklists, and cost-analysis, Homes Within Reach is a valuable resource for architects.