EXCEPTIONAL URBAN HOMES
"Dont take on a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible."
~ Edwin Land: Inventor
As teenagers in 1976 we were sitting on a hill overlooking the city of Reno, admiring the view of our hometown. Twenty-two years later, on the same hill, we were lamenting the loss of Reno's scenic pasture lands to an ever-expanding sea of roofs, and the loss of our mountains as bourgeoning developments of cookie-cutter houses crept up the hillsides. We knew there had to be a better way...
HabeRae Properties began in 1998 with a dream of buying old run down houses inside the urban core of Reno and turning them into nice places to call home. In just a few years we had renovated more than fifty properties and then decided we wanted to try developing small urban lots doing ground up construction. Soon, we were buying large old buildings and adaptively reusing them into mixed use business and residential spaces.
We had learned that for every acre developed, four acres of open space is destroyed in the process. Therefore we decided to specialize in re-developing city lots or old buildings that could utilize existing infrastructure and beautify blighted areas of downtown.
Unbeknownst to us this development philosophy had a term: urban infill. Urban infill became our mantra and we have continued our business into the new decade under the name of HabeRae Homes. We are proud to report our renovations, adaptive reuse and development practices have now produced more than 220 beautiful transformations in 18 years of business.
Our belief is that small, well-thought-out urban infill can infuse a blighted area with wonderful energy. Less as more is an idea that deserves our attention now more than ever. Living and working in small places on small footprints leaves a small impact on this precious earth. We must remember that our homes are not self contained islands but a toehold in a larger world. When seen in this context, we believe living well can preclude excess and be accomplished in thoughtfully designed small spaces as the examples show on the following pages.
Our first logo, 1998