The name 'multi-functional room divider' sounds so boring even though it is a wonderfully adaptive design element which you can make truly yours while saving building costs. I have been talking about a multi-functional room divider a couple of times now, first converting a Victorian terrace floor plan, then in a modern home and lastly the divider separated the home office from the more private spaces in the same modern home. So I think it's time to work on some design options now!
Sunshine, not just natural light but also amazingly powerful heat!
Yes, it is that time of the year, wind and weather is raging outside and we sun lovers seek to get some warming rays of sunshine. We talked already about natural light sources and I want to revisit this topic and add, how the heat generated has an impact on our living comfort and how it can help to make our buildings more sustainable.
Well, let me show you how we can make it work even with little sunshine during the cold days.
Timber, or shall we say wood, one of the warmest materials available for finishes and building construction is also easily one of the most sustainable materials in the world – because it naturally grows and can be forested as required … as it just keeps growing back if managed properly.
With new tools, like cnc cutters, and top notch craftsmanship there are also many new opportunities to give this very traditional material a new shine.
Nature will embark on another circle soon and the season helps me to catch up on some valuable sleep. And since I was designing some living spaces for my blog lately I designed this minimalist and multipurpose bed as well.
It's basically a bed but rather than stopping there this design picks up some of the must haves for my bedroom. As such you can, of course, just lay down for a good snooze but this piece of furniture also incorporates a lot of other features.
Yes, here we go, the fifth post to my little 'Home Building 101' is coming right up.
Indeed I promised and as things are, it is important to not just build but to build a home and if I might add build everything as 'green' as possible. So lets dive right into the massing of a building. I will be using sketches and design ideas we explored in my previous posts but it is for illustration only. You could, if you have, use your own house drawings and sketches and apply the following considerations
Work is what we do and even though we are not just all about work, we most likely love what we do.
We tend to work from everywhere since our phones and tablets are mini command centres and working from home seems to be the direction to go, however that means a well-lit and thought-through space at home becomes more important. My modern home design with multifunctional room divider posted a couple of weeks back could be the perfect opportunity.
Dream houses are everywhere or so it seems, when starting an adventure like this it is often overwhelming and everywhere you look you find things you would like to include in your house. Well, let me just say there is nothing wrong with a good big dream, nothing wrong with taking this as an inspiration but designing to your needs, to suit your lifestyle and requirements can't stop there. Here is some guidance to the design of your house so it becomes your dream home.
Following on from a very luxurious house design I cannot stop to wonder what one really needs to call a place a home. It probably doesn’t need much, just that special someone, to make a space feel homely but if that is the case why does one want to have a big building with various rooms, after all our needs are fairly basic, especially at home – eat, rest, sleep and looking after yourself!
So this time around the focus of my design is a small footprint - fulfilling those basic needs.
Slowly but surely the summer is disappearing and I came across some of my holiday sketches and thought I share some thoughts with you. Brutalism, what can I say, I guess this is a bit out there but I am a fan, there, I said it, but maybe you gathered that already and are not surprised at all!
Many people feel that the raw concrete used on brutalist buildings creates a disturbingly naked appearance that is unfinished, cold and not exactly easy on the eye. Fair enough. In my opinion though ...
Just looking at the definition of the word sustainability - it is defined as the ‘avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance’. Over the coming months I am going to share some tips and tricks relating to making the most of sunlight, energy efficient building forms, using thermal mass, smart materials, renewable energies and so on. First up, how to design your building with sun and daylight in mind!