What would our homes look like if designed around how we use them? It's probably no secret that the American home is a bit of a porker. In 2013, the median and average new, single family house was 2,478 and 2,662 square feet respectively--higher than previous, 2007 pre- bubble figures. Compare this to 1950, when the average new home was a mere 983 square feet. But somehow the McMansion pill would be a bit easier to swallow if these big homes were used. A book released a couple years ago called "Life at Home in the 21st Century" tracked 32 middle class Los Angelino families as they went about their daily affairs, tracking their movements and habits to see how people actually lived nowadays. What did they find? So the question becomes, if Family 11 is representative of the average American family, and if their home is about average size (tag an upper floor on the 1000 square feet and you're about there) why does their home have so much more room than needed?
openMaterials Three Tent Home A homes in Northern, California comprised of three tents and outdoor living/cooking area. Tents by Sweetwater Bungalows. Photos by Fair Companies. Video tour here. TVP Main Website The Glass House by AR Design Studio What was already a house with rich history in Winchester, UK, became even more so when AR Design Studio came in to renovate the old servants’ quarters of a larger home they’re a part of. When excavation began, bodies (yes, bodies) were discovered buried underground. Police brought in archeologists who determined that the site had been used for Roman burials. The artifacts and bodies were cleared and taken to a museum for research and The Glass House project was once again back on track. The servants’ quarters had fallen apart over the years and when the occupants of the larger house decided to downsize, they chose to tackle the project and realize their love of glass. The designers took it from there and created a glass staircase and glass extension sandwiched into an alcove in the rear of the building that opened up into the garden. They managed to seamlessly add the frameless modern extension on to what appears to be a traditional brick house and did it well. Photos by Martin Gardner.
Underground home and what you should consider before building or buying one. A Modern Home Inspired by the Remains of a Barn The Hebron Home marks the inaugural house project by Benjamin Oliver AD and, for a first design, it’s impressive. The project began in 2011 when the land was purchased in Hebron, Connecticut with the remains of a barn. They chose to build a new home that preserved the legacy of what once was with a modern, New England barn-style residence for a homeowner that loves horses. Both the interior and exterior’s surfaces are full of texture making for an authentic feel without giving it the feeling of having been decorated. Mixing industrial and modern with rustic touches throughout, the feeling of the home is both warm and inviting. The interior feels bright and open with large windows and white finishes keeping the spaces light. Sight lines from the master bedroom to the front of the house remain clear and open helping the spaces feel connected, as well as providing a sense of security. Found elements are shown incorporated everywhere, like in the light fixture hanging above the stairs.
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