Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The location

It occurred to me recently that a HUGE factor of building a "logical" house has to include the obvious factor of its location.  So where exactly would we find a logically built house? I've got it down to three criteria:
1. Climate. One of the major challenges of building any house is the attention paid to insulation,  as well as the mandatory heating and cooling systems throughout the house.  However,  if the house is built in such a location where both extreme hot and cold are virtually eliminated,  I would classify it "logical". Places such as the Sunshine Coast in Australia, where,  although at times it gets muggy,  there is hardly a need for heating or cooling.

2. Proximity.  For a house to be logical,  it must be within a reasonable proximity to basic conveniences,  as well as the householders' work place. 

3. Land.  One of the huge issues I feel is beginning to envelope our world is the loss of "old worldliness". In this particular context,  I am talking about growing your own food. In the good old days, a typical plot upon which we placed houses on were almost always surrounded by some veggies and fruit growing sporadically in veggie patches and formal areas.  While it's only a small element,  this connection to the outside does in fact allow a "logical" boost to our lifestyles by eating freshly picked produce straight from our own tended gardens.  A logical house would be built on a site where it world be possible to grow a significant amount of fruit and vegetables to almost sustain it's residents without the trip to the shops.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Beds

Tonight I'm sleeping on a single mattress and am wondering if a small house design should incorporate a large bed, or somehow cleverly integrate singles only.  A queen size bed is a lot of floor space.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Kitchens

At my mum's house with the kids and it got me thinking how large should a kitchen should be for an average family. Mum's is kind of small, but it seems to do easily every meal, even when there are 10 of us around. Over the years, the bench space has even shrunk! How small could you go?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Simple = Logical

So far in my travels down this path of a 'logical house' I haven't actually thought too much about the overall aspects that are plain 'logical'. 

So here is what I have so far criteria wise:

1. A structure made out of zinc/roofing material. As much as I hate to admit it, this is probably the cheapest/fastest way to construct a structure that will stand the test of time. Perhaps one wall could be replaced by cement sheeting just to create some aesthetic, but for simplicity and ease, this seems easy. 

2. Limited internal walls.

3. Prism shape. This one is pretty logical, they are the easiest and cheapest to construct and fabricate. 

4. Concrete slab floor.  While some people would say a sub-floor works out cheaper, it is bay far a much more inconvenient to build upon, especially considering Criteria 1 and 2.

5. Single level, minimum height.

6. All internals would be 'renovator friendly' stuff, like floating laminate flooring and carpet tiles. These are the easiest to install and are definitely DIY, saving a bundle.

So far this is it. Comments?


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Awesome equals...



http://dornob.com/elegant-efficiency-nyc-shoebox-studio-apartment-solution/

Once again dornob comes up with the goods of logical design. I'll let the design speak for itself; I especially like the idea of the stairs having little drawers, brilliant!!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wow, brilliant use of a tiny space.


I ask you, do single people (or a childless couple) need more space than this?

Very clever...


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Update of shipping container fortress....



So yeah, this project has come a LONG way since I first checked it out on, it's awesome!