The 99K House Competition challenges designers and architects to design a single-family house to be built for $99,000 or less, with up to 1,400 SF, including three bedrooms and one-and-a-half to two bathrooms. Design considerations should emphasize affordability, longevity, energy savings benefits, and appropriateness for the hot, humid climate of Houston.
The competition objectives are to broaden awareness of green building strategies applicable to affordable housing; to generate and publicize buildable examples of sustainable, affordable houses; and to construct an exemplary sustainable, affordable house prototype. Five jurors representing expertise in design, sustainability, construction of affordable housing, and Houston’s Fifth Ward will select the winner.
The City of Houston through the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) will donate a site for the house at 4015 Jewel Street in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward, a residential area east of downtown. Harvey Builders is offering their services as general contractor of the project in celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary. The winning house will be sold to a low-income family through the Tejano Community Center.