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Building Community Through Collaboration

Over the last three years, Lawrence Technological University (LTU) and Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County (HFHOC) have collaborated on a project that strived to blend family needs with innovative architectural design.  Beginning with on-the-ground research into the needs and values of the populace served by HFHOC, which is comprised of single mothers, differently-abled individuals, and families of all forms and sizes, the end result is the “Boncrest House.”

Tim Ruggles, HFHOC CEO/Executive Director says, “This collaboration has been one of the most fascinating endeavors of our 20+ year history at Habitat Oakland. We appreciate the partnership with LTU and the College of Architecture and Design throughout the entire process. We’ve also had great support from dozens of partners, sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who have helped create this truly unique house.”

The end result was a 3-bedroom, 1 ½ bath contemporary house built especially for the Yanozy family.

The house includes features such as:

  • Focus on sustainability
  • Energy Star rated with HERS rating of 50
  • Concrete floors
  • Metal roof
  • Modern design
  • Frost protected shallow footing, completely insulated with donated Dow foam
  • Modular furniture between bedrooms

Some of the supporters who made this project possible included:

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[bs_col class=”col-sm-3″]Lawrence Tech
Chase Bank
MB Financial Bank
Changing Places Moving & Storage[/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-3″]Dillman and Upton Lumber
Cicotte Plumbing
Templeton Construction
Bolyard Lumber
St. Matthew Lutheran
NAWIC Detroit 183
David W. Elliott Foundation[/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-3″]Gateway Properties
MainStreet Design Build
Michigan Architectural Foundation
Apel Windows
iMarc Consulting
Bill Semaan and Rochester OPC[/bs_col]
[bs_col class=”col-sm-3″]Straight Talk Tech
Specialties Showroom
National Kitchen & Bath Association
6 Insulation Services
C&G Cement
Beaver Tile and Stone
Ferrari Insurance
Karma Yoga[/bs_col]

Watch this video recap from start to finish of the entire project:
(video production services provided by Beyond Brilliant Films)

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You can also see photos from the Open House event on our Facebook Page.

If you’d like to find more about volunteering, sponsoring or home ownership through Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, call (248) 338-1843 or click here.