Since 1992, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RVHFH) has built 48 homes in Somerset and Hunterdon counties, with another 2 in progress!
Building a Home—What it takes
It takes more than a hammer and nails to build a Habitat home. The most critical need is to find land. Once RVHFH volunteers find a site, then they obtain building permits, select a partner family, and raise the funds necessary for each and every home we build. Only when all of this is accomplished can volunteers join together with the partner family to construct their new home.
Habitat builds simple, decent, “no frills” houses. Our basic home design is approximately 1,100 square feet and includes three bedrooms and one bath. The typical home has no garage, basement, or air conditioning. Depending on the demands of the building site, our homes can be one or two story, duplex or single family. Modifications can be made to the basic home design to meet the needs of a particular family (for example, to provide handicapped accessibility or a fourth bedroom).
Occasionally, lot configuration, economics, and circumstances allow for the construction of a duplex unit. This provides an opportunity for two families.
Duplex Design with Basement
As in the case of the sloped Bernardsville lots, duplex units with a basements are required.