Build Your Home

Why Have an EDC Home?

EDC uses award-winning building technology used in the home created by the House by Northwestern team. Our methods, from building materials to smarter construction practices, minimize waste and capitalize on Evanston’s goal to transition to renewable energy. Our homes are high-quality and resilient, reducing costs and environmental footprints for residents through:

Quicker Construction

Our tried-and-true construction methods minimize time, waste and money.

Ultra-Strong Building Structure

We construct using prefabricated Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs), which provide several inches of insulation to combat cold winters and hot summers.

Environmentally Sustainable

The structure and systems within our homes ensure that they minimize our carbon footprint, producing as much energy as they consume.

Fire-Proof Building Materials

By using fireproof materials to build, our residents can sleep more comfortably knowing that their homes keep them safe.

Superior Heating and Air Conditioning

Our homes include highly efficient heating and cooling systems that use less energy, and money, than those found in traditional homes.

Local, Evanston-Based Workforce

All EDC homes are built by your Evanston neighbors after they’ve received training and licensing in sustainable construction.


"I've lived here >40 years and am a happy owner of a coach house. in 1975, you could have tenants but we were told it was illegal to rebuild the coach house. I always thought it was such shame to disallow something so sensible. It is encouraging to learn that coach houses may be in favor again. It was ideal for the years my mother-in-law lived here and we have used it for caregivers for my husband.” - B.Z.


"I believe EDC is a great model for Evanston — a place that tries to be all things to all people. In fact, it’s a project that can engage many different people and groups in many different ways. Finally — a real project that all of Evanston can get behind starting with affordable housing that fits into the neighborhood character of Evanston. The great thing about building more coach houses in Evanston is that we can increase the density and income diversity of the housing stock without changing the character of Evanston’s neighborhoods. Plus parking and/or storage is still included in a 2-story coach house.” - D.H.


“My friend grew up in a 1200-square-foot, 3-bedroom house, and it was perfect. Enough room for us to play and hangout, and also have his grandmother there taking care of him when his mother worked.” -B.B.

Our Process

Once we’ve determined that your lot is eligible for a new house or additional coach house, you’re ready to get started our planning and building process. Unlike traditional construction projects that build houses without specific owners in mind, you’ll be involved in the creation of your home from start to finish.


EDC knows that one house certainly does not fit all, which is why your family can work with one of our architects to customize a space that is sensible, beautiful and resilient based on your needs.


Our Evanston construction workers build reliably and quickly so you won’t have to wait too long to see your new home. EDC coach houses can be built in just three and a half months.


Find Out if Your Lot is Compatible

We work with community members across the socioeconomic spectrum to determine if an EDC house is the right option. Our team understands the details of zoning, and we’ll help you find out if a coach house or small home might work on your property or empty lot.