What We Build

What Are Habitat Houses Like?

Simple, decent and affordable.

Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same 3 guiding principles:

  • Simple: 
    Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  • Decent:
    Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  • Affordable:
    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

Habitat Houses in North America

Habitat houses in the United States and Canada are typically built using wood frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs. Some affiliates also use proven alternative building materials such as adobe or straw bale construction.

U.S. and Canadian Habitat houses are modestly-sized by North American standards. Habitat’s guidelines dictate that a 3-bedroom Habitat house may have no more than 1,050 square feet of living space.

Habitat for Humanity’s commitment to build with people in need readily extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.

Habitat Houses in Locally

Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) is the result of a vision of a county resident who saw the need for housing for low income citizens of Rutherford County.  She provided the funds and enlisted help to get our local affiliate started in 1987.  Twenty-six years later, Habitat’s mission remains the same-to eliminate substandard housing and to build safe, decent and affordable housing for low-to-moderate income families in Rutherford County.  In 2015, we will complete our 73rd home.  Because Habitat was able to purchase 6 acres in Spindale specifically for Habitat homes, we have created a subdivision called Hopeview Estates.  This subdivision, which will take several years to complete, is where 17 Habitat houses will stand.  Currently, seven of those houses have been completed. 


Habitat also has a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative which is a program aimed at rehabilitating substandard, run-down housing for low-to-moderate income families.  The neighborhood surrounding Hopeview Estates is our target area for this program.  We are sure neighborhood revitalization is much needed in many areas of our county therefore we anticipate the work of this program to grow exponentially.  


"This home is more than a house. It is a home with love, built with love and hope and dreams, because of Habitat for Humanity. You've given our family hope - no matter how bad things get or have been in the past. God has blessed our family with the caring, supportive, concerned, kind people at Habitat."

- a Habitat for Humanity partner family