Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
5 high-density housing concepts
High-density developments have grown in popularity in recent years. Professional Builder’s House Review design team presents five cutting-edge concepts.
5. Capitol Park
Plan 2 (of four typical plans)
First floor: 504 sf
Second floor: 1,017 sf
Third floor: 575 sf
64 single-family detached units
Three of the four plans have optional commercial/residential units on the first floor
The concept for this urban infill project was driven by the need for density and the market resistance to attached product. The solution is a community that achieves the townhouse density of 17 units per acre with single-family homes.
To accomplish this, the existing infrastructure of roads and alleys was utilized to its fullest potential and the houses were spaced as little as 2 feet apart. All front doors face either the streets or the gentrified alleys, thereby eliminating the need for new roads and continuing the neighborhood contacts. The homes have rear-facing private garages that ring secure mid-block motor courts accessed off the alleys.
The separation of the homes, while minimal, gives each owner full control of their single-family home, which would be lacking in a condo project. The separation also avoids the liability of sound issues common with attached units. The spaces between the homes are fenced at either end and utilized only for maintenance.
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