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Builders of Hope | Davie Street

North Carolina Healthy Built Homes Opportunities

Unit 3 Demolished Unit 1 Demolished

Unit 3 New Construction

Unit 1 New Construction

Unit 4 and 6 Demolished Unit 2 Demolished


Unit 6 Demolished

Unit 6 New Construction

Unit 4 and 6 New construction and connection

Unit 2 New Construction

Unit 7 Demolished

Unit 7 New Construction

Unit 8 Demolished

Unit 8 New Construction

Taking into consideration the mission of Builders of Hope, we began thinking about the site as having two possible environments: one that connects to and faces the surrounding community (ownership based) and one that looks inward, focusing on a smaller, close knit community within (rent based). This own/rent approach provides Builders of Hope, and ultimately the surrounding community, a flexibility in a market sector that often fluctuates.



Unit 5 New Construction

Unit 5 Demolished


In the search for greater density as well as a diverse community, the site has been organized with the duality of the site in mind. One part speaks to the neighboring houses along Davie and Alston streets, taking on the meter and scale of the existing homes in the form of single family residences while the internal dwellings exist has single and multifamily rental units within a closely connected but flexible community. Separate entrances, defined facades and deep porches create autonomy for the leased units as well as tie the homes to a greater cultural vernacular that is functional, familiar and well established.

single family dwellings

It became clear that every open space must have multiple functions. Limiting the size and scope of the road allows for greater green space while also connecting open areas between the individual units. A lateral plan allows the continuation of the private spaces from the individual houses to the more public spaces such as yards, sidewalks and streets. An avenue can also function as central gathering area for such events like block parties and recreational space for neighborhood children.

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single and multi family rental dwellings




1 3 accessible unit

2 2 combined unit



Taking into consideration the constraints of the site and the need for greater density without the loss of autonomy for the occupants, a generous four bedroom house is combined with and smaller two bedroom unit. The connection generates a master suite in the smaller unit with out impacting the larger in the exchange of floor area.

1 accessible unit

Fire Wall Between Adjoining Units scale: 1-1/2” = 1’-0“ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

low VOC paint


cork tile flooring

recycling receptacle location

granite counter top

sink facet with low flow aerator

energy star rated appliances

Roof sheathing on wooden truss structure. Attic space on both sides of fire wall. False wall built from roof sheathing to the top of the building unit. 5/8” Type X drywall. R-38 Blown attic insulation. Ceiling finish mounted on ceiling joists of unit or roof trusses. Possible existing exterior sheathing on unit. Spray foam insulation installed in wall cavity to create separate building envelopes. Floor boards installed on existing floor joists. 2 layers of 5/8” Type X drywall installed between rim joists of existing units. Rim joists of existing units. CMU foundation wall. Concrete footer.

community fostered by continuation of space from home to home

Wall & Other Details scale: 1-1/2” = 1’-0“ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27.

aa cedar siding

composite asphalt roofing

wood decks and porches

new trees

generous eves and overhangs



crushed foundations for parking

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Vapor Barrier – Continuously lining the foundation wall and ground inside the crawlspace. Seal all penetration in the building envelope with caulk or sealant. Rigid insulation installed over vapor barrier continuously along foundation wall. Seal at sill plate. Batt insulation installed. Continuous rigid board insulation around exterior of building. Spray foam insulation installed in wall cavity. Standard CMU foundation wall. Possible existing sheathing on exterior walls. Building siding. Existing interior floor sheathing. Seal all existing holes in floor. Existing floor joists. Crawlspace drainage pipe to outside. Typical foundation drainage system with gravel and perforated pipe continuous around footer. Concrete footer. Mechanical unit mounted under floor joist system. Duct from mechanical system to building envelope. Duct vent sealed at floor level. Interior finish, typical 1/2” painted drywall. Window sill plate. Window opening. Install according to manufactures recommendations. Advance framing window and door header when needed. Ceiling finish, typical 1/2” painted drywall. R-38 Blown insulation installed in the ceiling. Run existing siding, rigid insulation and sheathing to bottom of roof system. Ceiling penetration (can light shown) installed in ceiling, seal penetrations to close building envelope. Roof truss system with raised hip for ceiling insulation.

design by team:


NC Sustainable Building Design Competition  
NC Sustainable Building Design Competition  

The final wining board for NC Sustainable Building Design Competition.