HFA2 Day 1 — ‘The Oakhurst House’


Clay Chapman speaks about the good fortune provided by this next opportunity to build with the HFA concept. The location of the build site is just outside Atlanta in the community of Oakhurst, a village within the City limits of Decatur.  Decatur is a progressive town with an ambitious desire for self improvement.  It’s richly diverse citizenry and culturally dynamic sensibility provide an excellent platform for introducing the concept of ‘affordable, multi-century permanence,’ not just in the abstract of ideas and design, but at 100% scale where reality lives and breathes.  The building site is located along an ideal avenue one block from the 5 points cross roads of Oakhurst.

While the Columbus Field-test was still in design, we reached out to the City of Decatur a number of times to share our intentions to test the idea and bring it back to the City for infill building.  We’ve kept local officials abreast of the progress along the way and with their help, prepared a design that satisfies building codes without special consideration or exception.

To say, “two years or so from now, here’s where we need to be with this idea,” and to actually land there as projected is unlikely and humbling.  But the concept has gone even further than this aspiration.  We never expected the response we’ve received from New Urbanist planners and developers both nationally and internationally.  There’s much to be shared here concerning the future of HFA which we will get to in time.

As for now, let’s bolster ourselves for an immediate opposition to disposable building in Decatur, Ga!

2 Responses to HFA2 Day 1 — ‘The Oakhurst House’

  1. Michael Leistiko

    Like the animation of the house plan for this site. Will you have a drawing of the rest of the elevations, interior, etc. The interior fireplace of this home is rather grand. The size does fit the room and character of the house. The porches lend such an added roominess that expands on the interior space. The added fireplace in the porch area will make the space all that much more livable. It would appear to be hard to have this plan come in near eighty dollars a square foot. Not having a basement should help keep costs in line. Please let us know where we could view the plan layout as soon as we can. I know we will be watching for all the posts coming up. Does it really take ninety pages of information to get a building permit in this local? Are you using permitting costs as a building cost in the total costs? SOME ONE spent a lot of time getting the documents together for submittal. Were the energy calculations done by an outside firm? Or do you have access to the same input as the building department? Hope to hear back from you soon.

  2. Sandy M.

    great looking project. one question: wasn’t a healthy 1940s vintage house demolished to make this project happen? how is that progressive?


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