Texas Grow Home Design Concept


The Texas Grow Home is an evolution of the FEMA trailer. As such it is a temporary emergency living unit that is eventually transformed into a more traditional home.  The emergency living unit provides everything that a FEMA trailer would provide – a sleeping area, bathroom, kitchen area and dining area. Once the family and the community is able to begin rebuilding, this emergency living unit would be placed on a permanent foundation and transformed into the ‘core’ of a more traditional home.

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Open House 11:00 – 3:00pm Friday, November 20th and Saturday, November 21st


An innovative solution to the post-hurricane housing crisis is soon to be unveiled in Port Arthur. Join us this Friday, November 20 in celebrating the completion of the first two Texas Grow Homes. Read the rest of this entry »

Security considerations conflict with design


The conflict between the aesthetic and functional considerations of design and the realities of living and maintaining a house in a low income neighborhood keeps coming into play. Are large windows, designed for day-lighting and energy efficiency, a security concern when living in a low-income neighborhood? Read the rest of this entry »

We are working to post all of the designs


I have been contacted by a lot of people who would like to see all of the designs that were submitted for the Texas Grow Home design competition. I started out telling people we would have all the designs posted online by the end of March but that deadline came and went. For those who’ve been waiting patiently, we appreciate your patience and are doing our best to bring the presentation of all the design entries online in the next couple months. Read the rest of this entry »

Sweating the budget


One of the most important aspects of the Texas Grow Home project is to develop a safe, comfortable and architecturally pleasing house for a very modest cost. As we get ready to put the houses out for bid we are getting nervous about the costs. Read the rest of this entry »