Small homes are most likely the answer to the shortage of housing and it is not just an architects topic anymore, it has rather become an open discussion. While some countries find solutions in tiny houses others build multi-functional sleeping and living cubicles. I am not sure about either and I am hoping to find luxurious small and smart home solutions - homes with functional design, driven to achieve effectiveness and sustainability.
Passivhaus is truly something to consider not just for a new build home but also when looking at a renovation project. It can not only be good from a sustainable point of view but also money wise as it can help keep running costs downs. So what are the key aspects of a Passivhaus and why am I as an architect for it?
The first warm spell of the year has arrived - what a delight - Easter weekend in the sun. I would have thought most of us are very happy about this and the warmth is just wonderful but everything has its downside. Looking around our garden I see the poor plants letting their heads hang down and I feel very much obliged to give them water. So I thought after we said all the good things about the sun and talked about winds and air flow it is time to catch some rainwater.
Realise your dream of a new home as soon and as sustainable as possible by creating an adaptable home. Here are some examples of how to get the new build thinking process started and indeed realise, one key aspect of sustainable design which is adaptability or you could also call it future proofing our buildings for the changes to come.
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.