We have completed 19 homes since 1991. They are described below from most recent to oldest. The Gallery section has pictures our our families and their homes. We use a committee of professional builders who work in relay teams one on one with a core crew of Partner/Homeowners to build their own homes. Community members and service club groups join in for the wall and roof raising phases and get to know the new families as they work together for about a year of Saturdays to create each other’s homes and finally their own. As new families are selected, they are trained by and bonded to the skilled Partners whose 500 hours are complete.
McPherson Street 2010-2016 Go to this section
Dick Williams Way 2000-2009Go to this section
Maple Street 1994-1998Go to this section
Oak Street 1992Go to this section
Harold Street 1991Go to this section
McPherson Street 2010-2016 Return to top
McPherson Street represents a new era for Habitat on the Coast: our first multi-family townhouse with a collaborative governing body of Family Partners and the necessity for cooperative property maintenance. It also represents a logistical and funding challenge to develop eight homes in four duplex units with common walls over 6 years. Each unit will be similar in concept to the Oak Duplex done in 1992, but the overall task will unfold on a much larger scale and at much greater cost due to the higher cost of land. We plan to phase this project to isolate construction impacts as much as possible. We will retain the existing very low income rental until the last stage, so we propose to grade and prepare the site with parking and utilities developed around it as Phase 1 in 2009-10. In Phase 2 ( 2010-11) we will develop the North East unit. Phase 3 will see the completion of the 2 units between 2012 and 2014. The last phase in 2015-16 will be to raze the old house and complete the project with the North West unit and final landscaping. The units will be heavily sound buffered, each with its own assigned parking spaces and yard as well as access to common trash units, utilities and vegetation which will be native and drought tolerant and scaled to the site.Each will have 1100 square feet of living space, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and open living/dining area, Hardie sided in the same basic color scheme with pergolas, porch details and entrance colors harmoniously varied to individual tastes. It is our goal, despite sharply rising land and construction costs , to sell these units for about $200,000 and to insure they are as attractive as our award-winning Dana/Dick Williams Way project within the constraints of a higher density project. We hope to get another forgivable 3rd party loan to further lessen the cost.
Dick Williams Way 2000-2009 Return to top
Dana began with the acquisition of a double lot from a family trust whose members decided to sell us the remaining acreage a year later. With the help of the local Savings Bank Of Mendocino County and several co-signing donors we began the complex process of building the first 3 units while laying out the infrastructure for the back lot. With a $500,000 CDBG grant and another $140,000 in forgivable loans from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco we began the 7 back units in 2006. We built the 7 remaining homes over the next four years and won the Mayor’s Well Done Award for the best infill residential project in 2007 and for a Greenbuild in 2008 for collaborating with PG&E and Mendocino Solar to place panels on the 7 homes on Dick Williams Way. These homes sold for $167,000 less a forgivable loan of $13-15,000.
Maple Street 1994-1998 Return to top
Our Lady Of Good Counsel church sold us 2 parcels financed without interest in 1994 and the City Of Fort Bragg permitted us several variances to build 4 homes on the 2 lots. During the course of this project we developed the template for future builds that has been our model since. We call this template a “Mini Blitz” because it consists of a small pairing of homeowners and community volunteers under the supervision of a professional working quickly and diligently together. These teams operate every Saturday, for approximately a year to complete each house. These homes sold from $80-90,000.
Oak Street 1992 Return to top
This two unit project in 1992 that was a carefully orchestrated Blitz Build weekend of mayhem and fun as over 100 pros and citizens fulfilled a computer modeled work flow and built 2 homes to near completion in 3 days. Materials and the slab were prepared ahead and trim and detailing followed soon after. These sold for $75,000.
Harold Street 1991 Return to top
The first Habitat home and its only stand alone was quickly closed in to the weather and then the family finished out the interior. It was a collaboration between the Fort Bragg and Mendocino Presbyterian churches and members of the community who were founders of the local Habitat affiliate and bootstrapped the finances for this project in 1991.