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The Picket Fence

A 2,007-square-foot townhome + 660-square-foot full studio accessory dwelling unit (ADU) with an entry porch on the ground floor and a main home above with three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a flex space, an entry porch, and a covered deck. The home is a rental, designed for a millennial demographic who seeks a modern and sustainable living space that suits their active urban lifestyle.


The Housing Innovation Alliance is the development partner for this concept home and the driving force behind its measurable sustainability goals. This home will have a 70% lower carbon footprint with less greenhouse gas emissions and 90% less construction waste than in typical new home construction. It will have healthier indoor air and cleaner water, and include high-performance energy management systems and materials that conserve resources and are resilient in the face of disaster. This will be achieved while focusing on market-rate attainability where housing affordability and energy and maintenance costs are a continually growing challenge.


This home was designed to advance the livability of urban in-fill townhomes and provide renters with the same opportunity to enjoy private outdoor spaces more typical of for-sale homes, metaphorically “a picket fence.”  Dubbed a “townhome + 1,” The Picket Fence was designed to fit on a narrow lot and provide a large, covered deck facing the street, private entry for the main townhouse, and a fenced front yard and large porch for the “+1” ground floor studio. 

The Picket Fence serves as an Idea Home project for Pro Builder Media and SGC-Horizon. For more information and to follow the home's progress through completion, please visit


Pittsburgh, PA


  • For rent townhome + one

  • 2,667sf total living area, both homes

  • Ground floor ADU:​

    • ​660sf 

    • Studio  

  • Main home:

    • 2,007sf 

    • 3-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom + flex space

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