Designing a new home brings with it a great opportunity to put right, on the micro level, one of the major flaws of modern life: our ever-growing distance from nature. The good news is that you can mitigate this by designing your home in a way that enhances the relationship between indoors and outdoors, bringing with it not only an increased sense of well-being by being more deeply connected to nature, but also improved air quality, temperature regulation, and noise reduction. Here's how...
Creating a great house in which to raise children goes way beyond brightly colored walls and novelty lampshades. For children, the home is their first experience of the bigger world, one that needs to be safe, comfortable - and fun to explore. Our environments shape us, and creating a home that is conducive to play, rest, and learning can have a big impact on our kids’ growth and health.
The success of any home building project hinges on making the right decisions early on. The first crucial thing, in our experience, is to fully understand all of the characteristics of your site and to allow those insights to drive the design of your home. Whether you’re building a home in the deep countryside, the middle of the city, or in the leafy suburbs, recognizing the ways in which you can optimize the positive features of your site, and mitigate the less desirable ones, is key to creating a home that is more than the sum of its parts. So, where do you start?
The way that the spaces of your home flow into each other – or don’t – will make or break your enjoyment of your home. Sometimes, it’s hard to get the balance right between open plan living, and ensuring you have adequate rooms for individual activities and privacy. Here are a few architect’s tips to help you decide which organisational path to follow.