The other day I came across an article about off the grid houses around the globe and it made it obvious that one question to ask when starting to plan a sustainable or even off the grid home is what is your surrounding climate like and how many windows do you 'really' need? Total common-sense, right?! Well, that might be but in our choice heavy times we often have too many windows and technologies available, like air conditioning units, often allow us to ignore or overlook some of those things
Micro-Climates should play a big part when considering building a house, but especially when planning a passive or energy-efficient house design. Since I posted my design-process and my first small house designs I received your kind feedback and questions in regards to sorting out or choosing a building plot. You are absolutely right, I jumped right into the designing process but you have to forgive me, as an architect it's just so exciting to get right into the designing process. But of course
Inspiration comes from everywhere but especially from travelling so here are my recommendations for spending three days in New Orleans. No worries, the city is marvellously relaxed so this is more or less a laid back travel guide for design and architectural enthusiasts, but who isn't?!
The design possibilities for micro living / houses appear endless, however they are rarely found as proper living spaces, homes so to speak. While researching for my next blog post, after having promised you more house and detail designs in three posts ['small footprint homes', prefabricated timber modules' and 'small bathroom design'], I found that small and self-sustained living is the solution for buildings in rural areas. Yes, indeed like the cabin in the woods.
A minimalist bathroom design with clean lines and surfaces, all in order, nice and uncluttered but let’s be realistic there are many things that will end up in the space creating noise and clutter but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you find good storage solutions and ensure good access to them you can achieve that minimal feel in your space.
One last look back - here are your favorite nine images of my instagram feed of last year. What a mixture of dynamic architecture and abstract patterns, just as I like it. No surprise are the architectural masterpieces which are completed with geometric patterns - giving depth and inviting to dream away.
Looks like it is finally time to say goodbye to the Christmas tree, really? I know I am a bit of a tree hugger and I am sure I have admitted to this before but now that the tree has almost completely lost its fantastic wood smell, it is time to recycle it. Wood is such a great natural material – used for many items in our daily routines it has also been engineered to be a better construction material. As promised I have been working on a small scale building using prefab CLT modules.
Welcome 2019, it’s been a fantastically quiet break for me this year and as noted in my last blog post of 2018 I have tried myself at switching off – leaving social media and the internet of things aside for a few days. I have to say my favorite gift this Christmas was a great help along the way – a 3d sketching pen and inspirational art deco skyscrapers.
Oh, it’s that time of the year, Christmas tunes and decorations, a tree and a couple of presents, a bucket list growing and the search for the goals to achieve in the next year. Times are more turbulent than ever and I can't help it but to think about the bigger picture?
I for one wouldn’t mind being a bit more independent! ...
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!