Reggie’s Home was the first client home Rural Studio had taken on in a decade. The project began with Reggie’s ambitions to demolish his now uninhabitable childhood home and rebuild a new home himself. Reggie desired a home that is passively heated and cooled with minimal reliance on external utilities. A home where he could spend much of his life outdoors.
The team spent the year getting to know Reggie and learning about the site in order to develop a design that would best suit the way Reggie wants to live. The team questioned the impact the intervention of a new home would have on the site as a whole. They began by building Reggie a composting toilet to facilitate a small improvement in his current living conditions and determine if it would be a viable permanent solution.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was postponed. This team produced a book that includes their research and conversations with Reggie, and proposed a conceptual framework in which to continue this project and expedite its timeline. The project continued with a new student team in the fall of 2020 as Rev. Walker’s Home.