Single-family detached homes remain the most popular type of housing on the market for every age group, in spite of declining inventory and affordability, according to the National Association of Realtors. Although many of today’s new households end up renting for longer periods of time as they prepare for hefty down payments, the National Association of Home Builders has found that most renters dream of eventually becoming homeowners. When these renters do buy a home, they will more than likely seek out a single-family detached home in a suburban area. However, if more single-family homes are not built soon, prospective homebuyers may confront an insufficient inventory and a stalled market in the near future.

 

How can we re-envision neighborhoods of single-family detached homes?

KTGY R+D Studio explores community creation in neighborhoods of flexibly designed single-family detached homes. Versatile floor plans, tucked aside parking spaces, and outdoor community spaces all contribute to a dynamic, walkable, and social neighborhood.

Mix-match floor plans

Each of the six floor plan options in the Block-150 concept fit within a 23’-6” x 36’ footprint, while ranging from one to three bedrooms, allowing for flexibility in the unit mix without impacting the site layout. Each detached home has access to a private yard, a shared courtyard, and an attached or nearby single-car garage. Vertical green walls on each of the homes increase privacy for adjacent yards. The Block-150 site design provides a flexible plan while promoting walkability, social interaction, and a dynamic neighborhood.

Flexible neighborhood block

Using a typical 150’ x 150’ block, nine detached homes are arranged around a central shared courtyard area, creating a contemporary “cul-de-sac” neighborhood. Each home is oriented toward the courtyard with direct access to a private yard, promoting neighborhood interaction. The shared courtyard design varies to accommodate a range of activities and age groups, from a treehouse play area for kids to a multigenerational community garden or entertainment space.

Increasing Site Density

Combining multiple 150’ x 150’ blocks together increases site density by sharing garage access and courtyard spaces.