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Community First! Village Micro House

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  • The screened in porch of a micro home.
  • the bedroom of micro home.
  • A micro home.
  • A micro home.

This Micro House was recognized by AIA Austin in 2018 with a Design Award of Merit.

“As a microhouse, it gives equal way to the interior what I live in and the exterior and the capturing of the outdoor space that makes we hope a huge impact on the people who impact it. We found the project to be simple, generous, incredibly legible but also incredibly important as a part of the community first program.”

– Billie Faircloth, AIA


Project Details

This pro-bono micro house sits among adjacent shelters above a wooded swale within Community First! Village, a 27-acre community that provides sustainable, affordable, permanent housing, and a supportive community for the chronically homeless in Central Texas. A carefully-proportioned white box is animated by a screened porch and ice-house roof. The porch orients to capture prevailing summer breezes while sheltering from northerly winter winds. The location and sizing of openings facilitates cross ventilation. The double roof provides effective shade for the structure, reducing summer heat gain when the sun is high overhead. Humble modular materials lend dignity to the dwelling through a straightforward, logical aesthetic expression.


  • Texas Society of Architects, Design Award, 2018
  • AIA Austin, Award of Merit, 2018
  • AIA National, Small Project Award, 2021


  • Austin Monthly Magazine, Tiny Homes are Making a Big Difference for Central Texans in Need, Jul 2020
  • Texas Architect, Community First! Village Micro House, Oct 2018
  • Dwell, Austin Tackles Homelessness With a Village of Sustainable Tiny Homes, Mar 2020

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