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Watauga County Habitat for Humanity and App State are chipping away at affordable housing in the High Country by building a home for a family in need with App Builds a Home.
App Builds a Home is a partnership between App State’s on-campus Habitat for Humanity club and Watauga County Habitat for Humanity. It plans to build one home for a local family in the Watauga Habitat for Humanity housing community, GreenWood.
App Builds a Home works closely with the Integrated Design Experience Laboratory within the building sciences program on the project.
“Every year the Integrated Design Experience Laboratory is given a project that is locally based either through the community, through the university or a nonprofit,” senior building sciences major Christian Bocchino said.
Community projects, like App Builds a Home, give students in the building sciences program “a little bit of an outreach into the real world,” Bocchino said.
Bocchino said the students want to design a sustainable and eco-friendly home.
“We’re not only trying to build our way into the community, but we’re trying to have a good footprint when we do it, which I think is something not a lot of people think about when you think of construction,” Bocchino said.
Bocchino said part of having a “good footprint” means considering site organization, how building materials are reused and how they can reduce waste on the construction site.
“It’s a really awesome opportunity because it’s student design, which is something we really wanted to happen,” Habitat for Humanity Club president and sophomore interior design major Kayla McDougle said.
Reading education graduate student Megan Laws works closely with the Habitat club president and said App Builds a Home “is the whole university coming together to do all three parts: design, build and fund the home.”
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