More than 130 Habitat homes have been built throughout Chatham County, including Siler City, Pittsboro, Silk Hope, and Bear Creek. The typical Chatham Habitat house is between 1,000 and 1,100 square feet with 2-4 bedrooms and 1.5 to 2 bathrooms, depending on the size of the family. The average cost to build a house is $76,000.
Chatham Habitat houses are typically built using wood frame construction, gypsum board interior walls, fiber cement board siding and either metal or asphalt shingle roofs. Homes are also constructed with alternative materials and techniques such as aerated autoclave concrete blocks and using passive solar design.
Families select among numerous house plans and also choose their lot , the exterior color of their house and trim, color of flooring, kitchen cabinets, exterior doors, countertops, and more. All homes include a front porch, outdoor storage space, and a rain catchment system.
Homes are built in communities and occasionally on individual lots.