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Housing simplified. WHY A Q-HOUSE? To increase homeownership opportunities for minority and low-income families. To provide dignified housing. To decrease rural homelessness. To develop an environmentally suitable housing type. To increase energy efficiency and conservation in housing.

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why a q house
WHY A Q-HOUSE?
  • To increase homeownership opportunities for minority and low-income families.
  • To provide dignified housing.
  • To decrease rural homelessness.
  • To develop an environmentally suitable housing type.
  • To increase energy efficiency and conservation in housing.
  • To redefine 'low-income housing' and its communities.
what is a q house
WHAT IS A Q-HOUSE?

Q-House is an affordable, attractive, easily assembled,

and environmentally suitable housing type for farm workers and low-income families.

Q-House © Naylor and Chu 2003

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WHAT IS A Q-HOUSE?
  • Pre-manufactured materials include steel shells, in-fill panels,
  • kitchen modules and bath modules delivered as a 'kit-of-parts'.
  • Various combinations of 'kit-of-parts' allow you to create a single family home as well as dorm-type homes, community centers, place of worship, emergency shelters, and schools.
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WHAT IS A Q-HOUSE?
  • You can design your own house with its flexible floor plan, movable interior partitions and choice of windows, doors, materials, decks and accessories to suit your family’s needs.
  • Stands on either permanent or temporary foundation.
  • A structure that can be built by the home-owner or the community in a fraction of the conventional construction time.
a simple concept of a q house
Existing pre-manufactured components
  • doors
  • windows
  • modular kitchen and bath
  • accessories
  • Extruded steel as exterior shell
  • various radiuses and lengths
  • durable to wind and heat
  • 30 year warranty

Pre-fitted in-fill walls

Assembled by homeowner or community

  • Proven sustainability methods
  • materials
  • passive heating and cooling system
  • greywater recycling system
  • composting toilet system
A SIMPLE CONCEPT OF A Q-HOUSE

Q-House combines existing ideas and proven structures to create a new concept for low-income housing type.

creating a community
CREATING A COMMUNITY

A community is about a playground, a park, a garden, a multi-purpose center, and mostly a safe and comfortable place for a family to feel a sense of belonging.

A community is created with a combination of various shapes and sizes of a Q-House.

materials interior
MATERIALS: Interior
  • MATERIALS
  • Light wood paneling
  • Light wood floors
  • Colored kitchen & bath modules
  • Painted wood moveable partitions
  • Stainless steel cable railings
modular bath unit
vanity sink

heating unit

low-flow toilet

water heater

linen/storage

washer/dryer

bath/shower

MODULAR BATH UNIT

Pre-fabricated and self-contained modules are delivered to the

site for immediate hook-up.

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MODULAR BATH UNIT

You choose the colors and items for these pre-manufactured bath units to suit your needs.

modular kitchen unit
stainless steel sink

gas or electric stove

wood cabinets

flip-down eating bar

MODULAR KITCHEN UNIT

Both kitchen and bath modules can be situated anywhere within the floor plan.

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MODULAR KITCHEN UNIT

You choose the colors and items for these pre-manufactured kitchen units to suit your needs.

floor plans
FLOOR PLANS

Within the same space, you can add more rooms and bathrooms.

2 bedrooms and 1 bath

Q-House © Naylor and Chu 2003

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FLOOR PLANS

Movable interior partitions allow flexibility to suit your specific needs.

3 bedrooms and 1 bath

Q-House © Naylor and Chu 2003

Q-House © Naylor and Chu 2003

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FLOOR PLANS

By expanding the second floor you maximize square footage

4 bedrooms and 2 baths

Q-House © Naylor and Chu 2003

sustainability
ENERGY

Passive heating and cooling

Ridge-and-soffit venting

Solar water heating

Gas water heating system

Energy efficient appliances

Photovoltaic panels

WATER

Composting toilets

Pervious landscaping materials

Greywater system

Harvested Rainwater

Xerlscape

SOLID WASTE

Compost system

Home recycling

SUSTAINABILITY
  • BUILDING MATERIALS
  • Paints, finishes, adhesives
  • Wood treatment
  • Dimensional recycled lumber
  • Insulation
  • Reusable wood flooring
  • Recycled floor coverings
  • Engineered sheet materials
  • Engineered siding and trim
sustainable design energy
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: Energy

PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING

  • Insulated glazing for minimal heat loss at night
  • ‘Low E‘ coatings on glass which limits solar gain during a hot day
  • Ceiling heat exhaust
  • Cross ventilation
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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: Energy

PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING

  • Orientation of the house for solar gain in winters and shading in summers.
  • Insulated floor, roof and walls
  • Operable louvers, over hangs and window coverings
sustainable design water
Grey water sources

Pre-treatment

Dispersion

Soil-box planter

Irrigation

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: Water
  • Grey water system
  • Composting toilets
  • Harvested rainwater

ENVIROLET TOILETS

GREY WATER SYSTEM

sustainable design materials
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: Materials

Q-House is demountable and reusable. It is built with as much green

materials wherever possible.

Bamboo flooring

Recycled-content ceramic tiles

Recycled glass countertop

Formaldehyde-free veneer panels

Recycled vinyl

Pre-cast concrete

Low toxicity carpet

Recycled plastic lumber

Recycled cotton insulation

Recycled truck tires

Recycled paint

Recycled rubber

Natural linoleum floors

Cork flooring

assembling process
1. Place adjustable steel footings on level site.

2. Place steel guides with pre-hung joist hangers.

  • Place plywood truss joist
ASSEMBLING PROCESS
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4. Place batt floor insulation

6. Erect pre-manufactured corrugated steel shell ribs

5. Apply plywood flooring and exterior decking

ASSEMBLING PROCESS
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7. Insulate interior walls and ceilings

9. Assemble exterior in-fill walls & architecture detail

8. Place pre-manufactured kitchen and bath modules and interior partitions

ASSEMBLING PROCESS
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • How durable is the Q-House to cold, heat and wind?
  • How much does a Q-House cost?
  • Does the exterior steel shell and the 'lofty' interior provide coolness in the summer and heat in the winter?
  • Can I build a Q-house on my own?
  • Does the Q-house meet local building codes?
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Naylor and Chu Architects

1415 Jackson Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

Tel: 415.749.6500

[email protected]

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