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Smarter Small Homes

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 9:56:08 AM EST by David Hackwood

With the cost of building houses increasing and a need for houses to be more affordable, there is a move towards designing and building smarter smaller homes. Small homes are not new but combining them with smart design principles to create affordable, efficient and sustainable homes is.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FEATURES OF A SMARTER SMALL HOME?

  •  Minimise the building footprint – 150 - 200m2
  •  Utilise ‘add on’ design – build the rooms you need now and allow to add extra rooms when needed.
  •  Utilise efficient use of space – design to suit your furniture.
  •  Enhance and increase the available outdoor space.
  •  Embody ‘Livable Housing Design’ principles’ to ensure the house can be adapted to suit changing needs.
  •  Utilise materials and products that can be simply installed and finished eg sandwich panels for walls and roof or sheet products for quick coverage.
  •  Build to standard material dimensions to minimise waste.
  •  Include passive solar principles to reduce heating and cooling needs.
  •  Maximise natural lighting whilst maintaining privacy – incorporate courtyards and skylights.

 With creative design small homes can be innovative and livable.

 

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