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
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.
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.
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! ...
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.
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
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.
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!