Our Neighbor: Non-profits join to design Habitat home

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by CYNTHIA IZAGUIRRE

WFAA

Posted on August 31, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 31 at 1:33 PM

DALLAS - Tuesday's "Our Neighbor" is a talented group of North Texans who have devoted hundreds of hours to benefit lower income families in a big way.

Two non-profits  joined forces to build stylish and cozy homes for West Dallas families. The Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America Texas chapter have one mission.

"What we're really here to promote is classical and traditional architecture and its inherent attributes that it's sustainable affordable and lovable," said architect Larry Boerder.

As a way to give back, Boerder recently came up with a design competition through ICA to build a Habitat for Humanity Home in West Dallas.

"I think everyone really put their hearts into this project," he said.

Teams of architects entered the contest in hopes their work will be the chosen design.
 
"Our construction people were a little worried they were going to get some crazy ideas," said Bill Hall, with the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. "And what we really got out of it were some amazing entries that are homes we could build today affordably for our families."

"I am most proud about the turnout that we've had and the quality of people who have submitted entries and given up their time," Boerder said. "There have been hundreds and hundreds of hours donated to this project."

The winner of the 24 entries will be named on September 9. Habitat for Humanity will take the design and build a home at the site of a former drug house with the idea to build many more in the future.

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