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The dry-in house is designed to a 2’-0� module so that standard, readily available sheet goods can be used for enclosure, thereby reducing the skill level during construction and minimizing waste.

Insulated panels co Insulated panels coated w/rubber roofing

Rubber roofing Polycarbonate panels

Polycarbonate panels


The Dry-in House provides the owner with a unique design and a sense of belonging and security. The design of the section of the house also provides them with spatial configurations customized relative to site conditions, program, and individual needs. Because of the narrow lot configuration of New Orleans, the design maximizes the roof as a source of natural ventilation and light for the interior of the house. The house is also one-room deep, providing cross-ventilation in all rooms, minimizing reliance on artificial mechanical systems.


It is good to be home.


I can’t wait to cover this wall with vines.


Prototyping Clemson, SC

view of model with full scale mockup in the background


These are light!

Detail showing polycarbonate facade covering truss section and mock up of cast iron screen at porch

Construction sequencing mock up - To complete the superstructure of a Dry-in House the six full section trusses are raised by volunteers in less than one day.


Completed mockup of front corner of Dry-in House - The house is designed to be a “dried-in� shell made of the truss sections, insulated decking panels, polycarbonate, pin foundations and rubber roofing that individual owner then can further customize with readily available materials according to their individual preference and means.


Views of completed mock up


Dry-in House_00001 Owner Rev. Earl Williams 9005 Olive Street New Orleans LA under construction

The first Dry-in House is currently under construction in the Hollygrove neighborhood in New Orleans. The community plans to use the design as part of a community design build initiative between fieldoffice, ddbNOLA and Trinity Christian Community in order to rebuild their devastated neighbohood. Earl Williams chose to build the first Dry-In House because he knows his neighborhood, like much of New Orleans, has a serious shortage of contractors, and it makes affordable housing a challenge. He believes that the house demonstrates an economical alternative to stick-built houses. Looking at a bigger picture, he believes that it will aid in his quest “to create a renaissance in Hollygrove�.


Hi, I am Earl, the first owner of a Dry-in House. We call my custom design the camelback.


The “ecore” is a prefabricated core being prototyped for the first Dryin House. The core arrives at the same time the home is “dried-in” saving time in on-site construction and reducing cost by constructing the most costly part of the home in a factory. The ecore ships with a fully functional bath, kitchen, laundry room. In addition it includes the major mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure for the rest of the home.

The engineered “truss-section” of of the first Dry-in House for Rev. Earl Williams


The trusses can either be left with a natural clear coat finish or can be painted according to the homeowners preference.


Birdseye view of Rev. Earl Williams new home in Hollygrove. Earl’s Design faces south and the roof will be covered with photovoltaics from NOLA Solar, a group that is raising awareness about the use of solar energy in New Orleans.


Dry in house part2 project