Living in Neighborhoods

Our goal was to not just design a house, but to design a home where someone with a disability could live comfortably.

CLIENT:
Living in Neighborhoods

LOCATION:
Pittsburgh, PA

PROJECT TYPE:

Project Description

United Cerebral Palsy and ACTION Housing desired to have two group homes for individuals with disabilities.  Every product was reviewed for durability, ease of cleaning, ease of replacement, availability, and accessibility for individuals with a disability.  Making the houses blend into the neighborhood was important. Scale, style, and material were considered in the final design. For interior space, a cozy home with open space, easy access to the outdoors, private rooms for sleeping, and a large open living/dining area is for guests as well as tenants. A den for private meetings and a place for care providers to do paper work; the bathroom was shared by the three tenants as well as the laundry area and kitchen. Tusick & Associates Architects’ goal was to not just design a house, but to design a home where someone with a disability could live comfortably. 

Living-In-Neighborhoods is a community project that was sensitive in nature. We had to build consensus with the community and adjacent neighbors. First, Penn Hills had to understand the purpose of the homes and our goals. The neighbors had to be approached with our plans and elevations and meet their future neighbors. Good-will from the project team existed. Finish selections and color schemes were shared with the neighbors. The contractor assisted some of the neighbors in relocating bushes, and digging out a driveway.   All in all the neighbors are happy that Living-In-Neighborhoods selected vacated sites near their homes. The neighborhood was improved with our new homes. The project was completed on time and within the budget.