“Within the context of a very limited footprint, there’s a direct connection to social structures, architecture, and design that are very much about Texas and the climate here.”
— Thomas Robinson, AIA
Client Community First! Village
Architect Chioco Design
Design Team Jamie Chioco, Ben Dimmitt, Christy Taylor, AIA, Mike Chevariat
Structural Engineer Structures
Shelia’s Home is the product of a competition and design charrette organized by AIA Austin for Community First! Village, a neighborhood of tiny homes dedicated to helping people out of chronic homelessness. Partnering with a longtime resident, the architects created a home to be replicated five times within the village. The exterior features a small front porch and entry door at one corner and a private screened porch in the opposite corner. On the interior, living and sleeping areas are separated for greater privacy, operable windows provide natural light and cross-ventilation, and an exposed framing wall with shelving allows the display of art and personal items. The house is designed to work well in two different solar orientations and with two different entry doors.