What is a Habitat house like?

For more than 30 years, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity has been building homes and brighter futures throughout Pierce County.

As every homebuyer’s needs are different, Habitat homes range in size and shape. When a future homeowner is accepted in the program, our staff works with them on a house match, considering the family needs and the neighborhoods where we are currently building.

While every house is different, there are commonalities that all our builds share.

  • Most Habitat homes are 3-4 bedroom single family units, with one or two stories.
  • All Habitat homes are outfitted with laundry hookups and the following appliances:
    • Microwave / range hood
    • Stove and oven
    • Refrigerator
    • Dishwasher
  • Types of flooring used: ceramic tile, bamboo flooring and carpet.
  • Every Habitat home has a 30-year composition roof.
  • Knowing that one key to successful homeownership is manageable utility bills, Habitat new construction features include: insulation levels exceeding building code requirements, highly efficient heating systems, heat-recovery ventilation systems, efficient lighting, ENERGY STAR® appliances and high-efficiency hot water heaters.

Building Green

Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity is committed to building neighborhoods that are a benefit to Habitat homeowners and the surrounding community. Environmental sustainability is an important part of that and we are proud to say that more than 90% of all construction waste and land-clearing debris from our construction sites are recycled.

  • All newly constructed Habitat homes feature energy-efficient lighting, appliances and heating systems, as well as heat recovery ventilation systems and water-conserving, low-flow plumbing features.
  • Insulation levels exceed building code requirements and that, along with high-performance windows and doors, reduce the financial burden on Habitat households by eliminating air leakage.
  • Effective in 2017, Habitat homes are Home Energy Rating System (HERS) certified. HERS is a nationally recognized system for calculating a home’s energy efficiency. A building code compliant home is rated at 100 and a home with no net energy consumption is rated at zero (i.e. the lower the score the better). Currently, Habitat homes respectably score in the low 50’s, with improved scores anticipated on future neighborhoods as new initiatives are implemented.