Commercial version of the HELP House emergency housing prototype. Consisting of 8 foot by 8 foot by 12 foot modules, the prefab system can be arranged in different layouts to create a guest house, cabana, studio, storage space, etc.
Each home is uniquely designed for the specific client and location. Then a pre-manufactured mechanical core is shipped to the site and a team of contractors assemble the precut structural frame and roof system. Afterwards, a group of volunteers from the neighborhood, local churches and nearby schools, led by a trained specialist, gather to stack and finish the exterior straw bale walls. With the house enclosed, the homeowners move in and install the re-locatable interior wall panels and cabinetry components, allowing the house to change as the family evolves.
HELP (Housing Every Last Person) is a prototype for an immediate-response emergency housing system that is mass produced and transported quickly to wherever the need arises. Measuring a mere 8 feet deep by 12 feet across, it contains all the utility and function required to house a family of three. An alternate double unit can house up to six.
One of the original 100 houses built by the Federal Government in the early days of World War II to house workers at the Navyís David Taylor Model Basin, this small single-story residence was completely renovated inside and out and expanded by a new second story addition and attic level.