How we build homes on
Building on an Island out in the middle of the ocean can cause some difficulty.
Below are some facts about Nantucket & some of the construction restrictions
builders run into while trying to build homes.
Nantucket is approximately 48 square miles & located 30 miles out to sea, off the coast of Massachusetts.
Our population goes from approximately 15,000 year round residents, to over 50,000 residents in the summer months.
A NATIONAL HISTORIC
In 1966 the island was designated a National Historic Landmark District. All building plans and projects are subject to regulation by our Historic District Commission, one of the first in the country, established in 1965. This means oversight not just in design, but in the building materials employed as well.
OUR WEATHER CONDITIONS
We are the easternmost land mass in the continental U.S., and our weather is greatly influenced by the ocean and the Gulf Stream flows. We are bathed in sunlight, and beautiful sunsets, and ravaged by storms, having no natural barriers to break the weather.
OUR SUPPLIES ARRIVE
ON A FERRY
All of our supplies - food, fuel, clothing, and all building materials- arrive on the island by ferry. Bad weather...no supplies.
NEARLY 50% OF THE ISLAND IS CONSERVATION LAND
Because land is scarce on Nantucket, affordable properties are designated by the Town and allocated to builders for development. As a result, our Habitat homes are distributed among neighborhoods with very different profiles. It’s very important to fit in.
All of this information determines how quickly we build...
We have completed TEN homes since our founding in 2001. Our first was completed in March of 2004. Our second and third, part of a duplex, were completed in January 2007. Our fourth home, a Leed certified (silver level) "Green Home", was dedicated in August 2010. Our fifth and sixth homes, located on adjacent lots were completed in 2014. Our seventh home was built in the summer of 2016. Our 8th home was finished at the beginning of 2017 and our 9th and 10th homes, located in Sachem's Path, were finished in the spring of 2018. We are beginning our 11th home on Waitt Drive in mid-2018.