Once I had finished creating the affordable housing unit on sketchup, I imported my model into a rendering software called Lumion. I’m very happy with my final design and truly believe it is an effective affordable housing unit for the median household income in Salt Lake City, Utah. The outside of the house is very vibrant and appealing with bright colors and landscaping. A detached garage was included in the design and has enough space for one car. Moving on, the first floor consists of the open living room, dining room, kitchen as well as the master bedroom and bathroom. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, (one can hold two people while the other room can fit one person), a shared bathroom and a laundry room. Overall this housing unit has 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms to comfortably fit a family of four. There are also many aspects of the house that I implemented in order to improve the overall mood. For example, in the kitchen I decided to add a colorful backsplash to make the space more vibrant and fun. I also kept windows throughout the house because I believe it’s very important, especially in a smaller sized house, to have more windows to make the space feel larger. Furthermore, I also think windows are essential for keeping a connection with nature outside and inside of the house. Additionally, the housing unit was created to have an open floor plan to encourage families to hold social gatherings and to promote community interaction. The open living/dining/kitchen area is perfect for gatherings as everybody can socialize from all over the room. The house also has a great size backyard where families with children and pets can spend time outdoors and even hold gatherings outside too. This house gives families easy access to affordability and has many advantages. For one, it’s very close to downtown (less than a ten minute drive) and opens opportunities for the household as well as decreases pollution. Secondly, the neighbourhood is very close to libraries, schools, parks and other recreational venues where the households can go to socialize and interact with their surrounding community. Lastly, the housing will also help the image and look of the neighbourhood. Instead of having a large empty lot across from the other houses, the lot can be filled with vibrant and happy families in beautiful homes for an affordable cost. Note: Many of the objects used in both the SketchUp and Lumion model are replicas of furniture from Ikea. Also, after rendering the project, I noticed the windows on the second floor, left side of the building were not leveled with each other. During the construction process, a change order could be made by the general contractor to fix this issue with the architect's approval.
Virtual House Tour
Attached is an animation I made that serves as a virtual tour of the affordable housing unit.
The kitchen/living/dining space is very open and flows from one environment to another.
The master bedroom is located on the first floor and is the most spacious out of all bedrooms.
1st Second floor bedroom
This bedroom is very bright and colorful and has an overall positive energy.
2nd Second Floor bedroom
This bedroom is fit for one person, and has a work space as well as plenty of closet space.