DEMI Floor Plans
attempt to balance the needs of tenants within the restrictions imposed by the narrow parcels of land upon which rowhouses are built.
Each model is scaleable, with a basic DEMI 1 that can be built on lots as narrow as thirteen feet and a basic DEMI 2 on lots as narrow as fifteen feet.
DEMI 1 and DEMI 2 models are shown with a rooming house floor plan. However, the preferred design will remove the inner wall of the first floor, front bedroom to create an entrance into a community living room area. This "shared housing" floor plan will require slightly higher rents, but it will create a more "family" oriented atmosphere, as well as provide a more comfortable floor plan for the building's eventual buyer.
Each model contains three floors because two floors can't support the financials that are necessary for satisfying the "affordable" portion of this program (We define "affordable" as rents that are less than 30% of the average neighborhood income.)
The DEMI 2 that is shown presents a row house with four efficiency apartments and a third floor apartment, but it will usually be constructed with two efficiency apartments on the third floor. The apartment is shown to illustrate how the option holder will probably remodel the units when that person purchases the building.
The DEMI 3 contains three identical efficiency apartments. It is scaleable for even the narrowest lots.
DEMI blue prints contain several unusual features that appeal to tenants or lower operational costs. Many achieve both.
Roof Top “Yards” A properly designed “green roof” can save energy, mitigate runoff and provide a reasonable substitute for the lack of usable yard space.
With space for tenant container gardening and seating, these green roofs, surrounded by a parapet wall, will provide a valuable space for safe relaxation. A small area, upgraded with fire retardant materials, will provide space for tenant-owned barbecue equipment.
Antennae Most lower income individuals rely on free, over-the-air television broadcasts.
A roof top antenna, with outlets in each bedroom, will provide optimal reception, while reducing the need for tenant solutions that can damage the properties.
Whole House Fan With a single fan in the roof and transoms over the bedroom doors, all the air in a multi floored building can be replaced with fresher, cooler outside air within minutes.
During periods of extreme heat, the fans can keep the air moving and provide comfort, without the expense of air conditioning.
“Scissor Staircases” For the sake of safety and visual perception, bi-directional stairs reduce injurious falls and appear less cramped than a straight staircase.
Positioned in the center of the building, they also provide safer egress if emergency escape is ever necessary.
Light Dimmers, Sensors and Timers Outside lights that are controlled by light sensors, hallway lights that dim overnight and ceiling lights in private rooms that operate through a dimmer switch provide utility savings and greater functionality for residents.
Anonymous Comments, Criticisms and Suggestions Forums on www.RockyRoadz.com will provide a comfortable resource for anonymous resident feedback and for reference by potential future tenants and “Rocky Road” partners.