The interiors were addressed with warm, natural, and low VOC materials that provide the tenants with a comfortable and healthy place to live and raise their children. Bright, cheery colors were used to provide a feeling of joy throughout the space. Windows and insulation were upgraded to provide quiet and comfortable interiors interiors, comfortable, and the building more sustainable. This, along with Energy Star appliances and lighting, and low-flow water fixtures, were used to help keep utility costs low, important for the planet and this non-profits bottom line.
The front yard was raised and leveled to provide outdoor play areas and gardens for the tenants and their children. The retaining walls to create this level front yard are poured-in place, board-formed concrete. This move not only creates a useable front yard but also provides visual and auditory separation from the buys Airport Road to the south. The board forms, railing spacing, and cedar details (inside and out) all share the same spacing providing a continuity in the design throughout the entire site.
We are so proud to have been a part of this project and love that not only are 17 mothers off the streets but they are in a safe place that is almost as beautiful as they are.
Photographs by Richard Seldomridge