THE HOFFMAN BUILDING | Thomas, West Virginia
The Hoffman Building is a three story mixed-use building on Front Street in Thomas, WV that we purchased in 2015. Built in 1893, this mixed-used building once housed Dr. O.H. Hoffman’s pharmacy and birthing center. Over time, this building also contained the Masonic Lodge, Jack Evans’ beauty shop and Curry’s Drugstore.
Abandoned for decades, this building is now coming back to life. Once complete, this building will contain four residential and/or studio spaces on the second and third stories and a single retail space on the ground floor.
To help fund the Hoffman Building, we share our personal spaces with traveling guests when we are not in Thomas building. Click on the links to view the spaces: Unit A: Up Front Studio, Unit B: Downtime Studio
Coops are the future and we plan to use this project as a exploration for housing/small business cooperatives in Thomas.
FRONT STREET GROCERS and KITCHEN | Thomas, West Virginia
Recognizing the important role that a local food hub plays in community, Supply & Labor developed the concept, built a custom space and launched a neighborhood grocery and kitchen called Front Street Grocers. The grocery opened in September 2016 and now operates under the leadership of Ash Keane.
Front Street Grocers is located on the ground floor of the Hoffman Building and is adjacent to Bake Alley; a 5.5 foot wide alley that was closed in and connected to the main commercial space. The alley houses a small eating area and wood-fired earth oven.
This was an exciting remodel. Click here for a gallery of our work.
OFF-GRID ADOBE DOME | Terlingua, Texas
The Dome is a shining example of housing exploration. We coin it as an off-grid, earth-built (adobe) geodesic dome, but it was a study in so many more practices; including technology. The most fascinating foundation to this structure is that it is the result of a five-piece reusable mold made from quarter-inch rebar. This mold can be used over and over to create the base ferrocement shell. From there, the finish out is up to the user. For the Chihauhauh desert, it made sense to incorporate as much thermal mass as possible to stabilize temperature swings — so for budget and access reasons, we opted for the adobe soil right out our front door.
Today the Dome serves as our Texas homebase. It generates all its power, collects its own water and every component within the dome is voice activated via high speed networks. It will forever be our curious pilot and confirmation that earth materials can play a valuable role in modern day housing.
Like our Hoffman Building units, the Dome is shared with traveling guests while we are working in the Northeast. To view this home share listing, click here.
THE AIRMADILLO – FUTURE RETRO AIRSTREAM | Terlingua, Texas
Remodeling a vintage Airstream was an itch we had to scratch and a chance to reside in a pseudo space ship. It was also an opportunity to explore a new format of small footprint housing and examine rapidly renewable composite materials.
After a complete overall, this 29-foot 1973 Airstream Land Yacht is a fully functioning solar powered modernized guest house parked near Big Bend National Park.
When not occupied by friends and family, this unit is shared with travelers to Big Bend. Click here for the travel listing.
UNDERSTORY | Thomas, West Virginia
Supply & Labor’s future project will be Understory, a Tiny Home Inn showcasing regenerative homes. Each unit will be carefully intertwined with forest-integrated common areas, footpaths and gardens. More about Understory here.
JACK-IN-THE-POPPET COTTAGE | Austin, Texas
Who said small, can’t be big? What made the rebirth of this 480 sqft cottage on a small lot in the North Hyde Park/North Loop neighborhood special is not just the house design, but the extensive vegetable gardens. Affordability resulted through lot sharing with a neighbor and the establishment of a cooperative condo effort. From a boring lawn with water thirsty grass to over 1500 sqft of vegetable guilds tucked around 23 fruit trees, a flock of 10 hens, and two rabbits, this micro city lot conversion became a beautiful urban homestead through the resourcefulness of using salvaged lumber and craigslist finds.