Collection by Patrick Sisson

Habitat for Humanity Home in Kansas Channels Midcentury California


El Dorado's Habitat for Humanity prototype brings Eichler-esque style to the prairie.

It wasn't a stretch to bring California to Kansas City, according to architect Josh Shelton. When his firm El Dorado was chosen to design a Habitat for Humanity home, part of Public Architecture’s 1% for Habitat Initiative, his thoughts pivoted around the outdoors. While factoring in the cost and material constraints, Shelton also examined how design lessons drawn from more ideal climates could be applied to his own backyard. The results, as he explains, point to an affordable, more sustainable way to shape a home around outdoor space. "I was less interested in the traditional front and back yard," he says. "I was thinking about indoor and outdoor holistically, and how I could utilize those pivotal early spring and late fall moments."

Architect Josh Shelton said some of the midcentury influence that shaped the Heartland Habitat prototype in Kansas City...
The three-bedroom home wraps around the atrium between the garage and main building.
Shelton's team also made sure sustainability went hand-in-hand with affordability.
El Dorado designed the interior of the ADA-compliant home with accessibility and ease of use in mind, with simple...
Shelton was impressed with the way the organization opened up the volunteer labor force to new material exploration and...
Shelton looks at the finished results as more of a spec home of sorts, with lessons that can be applied to future...
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