20K Project is an initiative started by undergraduate architecture students from Auburn University who wanted to showcase just how viable it is to construct homes on a low budget, with the hopes of helping low-income earning families find suitable housing.
Ten years was spent tinkering with designs and concepts, brainstorming ideas on how to best create a home on a modest budget of $20,000. Now the first two homes have been constructed under this initiative, having been built in the village of Serenbe, situated in Chattahoochee Hills Georgia.
The buildings are by no means a flashy structure, but offer incredible value for what they offer, and can help low-income families find adequate housing that fits within their income.
They have one room and a bathroom and come fully detached, having been constructed primarily from timber and corrugated metals. Passive heating and cooling is also a feature present, which aim to help keep maintenance costs low.
Rural Studio was behind the initiative led by the students, and they had partnered with a high-end community in the shape of new urban village Serenbe. There the students were allowed to work together in real life scenario, using the land provided to try and complete the project with the goal of only spending $20,000.
Here they worked with commercial contractors to oversee the construction of the buildings from start to finish, overseeing the project to ensure everything went smoothly. Gaining the knowledge that their projects can be done as planned was the main benefits for Rural Studio, who donated the buildings to Serenbe as part of the deal.
All images via Sunshine Sachs.