In a country where paying off college debt is a burden for young professionals, purchasing what is seen as a standard home to live in is becoming almost impossible. According to OJT, the home, as seen above, costs $250,000 (approx. 215000 €), not including build out and the land itself. However, they expect to bring down the price of the “Starter Homes” in the future.
The lot above is considered “substandard” with a total one third of square footage compared to typical New Orleans sites. The architects created a third storey to maximize space. By embracing the preconditions and zoning requirements, OJT architects tailor each design specifically to the lot and thereby are increasing opportunities for citizens of New Orleans to own their first home.
Even more downsizing is currently happening in many European cities as they are getting densely populated and expensive. This house on a parking lot in Helsinki is the perfect example of how spacial restrictions can lead to creative results.