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Landscaping in the Falmouth Affordable House Development and Finished Interior of a Single Family Home
Project: Manhattan Remodel and Cape Cod Affordable, Episode 4, Part 3
- Part 1: Discussing Falmouth's Model for Affordable Housing
- Part 2: Tour of an Affordable Home
- Part 3: Landscaping in the Falmouth Affordable House Development and Finished Interior of a Single Family Home
- Bob joins John Druley at another of the Quaker Homes that is nearly completed and ready for landscaping. This home is virtually the same as the first-time homebuyer model that Bob visited under construction. Landscaping will be standard for all of the homes with gardens out front, a picket fence and rose bushes, a clamshell driveway, and cobblestone edging. Initially, the septic systems were problematic for Druley since the burden of eight homes with lawns on the groundwater system and adjacent salt ponds presented concerns for the enviromental review board. According to Title 5, denitrification systems costing about $7,000 apiece would be required for each of the homes. Druley proposed reducing the size of the lawns, using low-nitrate fertilizers, and passing the savings on to the two affordable homes in the development. This further reduced the selling price of the homes from $145,000 to $119,900. Bob and John Druley of Quaker Homes in Falmouth, Massachusetts, tour the interior of a finished single-family home in the development Druley is building with Act 40B approval. This model has features not selected for the affordable, first-time homebuyer model, including a loft-style living room and upstairs bedrooms at each end of the house. This is a standard floor plan, but one that is better suited to empty-nesters than to young families. The Palladian window in the front is a standard option that allows lots of light to enter the home. Hardwood floors or tile throughout the downstairs rooms are standard, as is the deck off the kitchen and dining area.
- Part 4: Tour of the Completed Interior of an Affordable Home
At the same time, Bob works with a Cape Cod developer to apply Massachusetts land use statute 40B to create affordable housing, and a neighborhood of homes in Mashpee, MA. These Energy Star certified homes show how quality building practices and reasonable asking prices can work together to provide livable, affordable homes and neighborhoods to those who work in our communities.
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