Dreambuilder found this interesting article on what’s known as the ‘slow home’ movement. Though the name is not very catchy, there are some great concepts here regarding effective home design, livability and sustainability. While we don’t agree with every detail of the concept, we firmly believe that every house should be designed around the family that will be using it — no ‘cookie cutters’ here. Sizes and locations of rooms, optimized storage spaces and efficient use of square footage are just some of the considerations for home design. At the same time, the home should be created to be not only functional but beautiful and unique. Lines of site, use of windows and views and artistic construction all have a place when in proper balance with other elements. These are just a few of the details that Dreambuilder considers when designing a custom home for our clients. Visit our Dream Home Gallery to see our original designs, and contact us today to see how we can help you imagine and create the home of your dreams, so you can live the life you’ve always wanted.
By Mary Beth Breckenridge
RISMEDIA, March 1, 2011—(MCT)—John Brown believes a home should ease the stress in life, not contribute to it.
Brown is the founder of the slow home movement, a philosophy of home design that emphasizes livability and sustainability. It’s about building a home that works for the occupants, not one that’s intended to impress.
The concept was inspired by the slow food movement, with its focus on healthful, sustainable ways of producing and preparing food, explained Brown, an architect, real estate broker and architecture professor in Calgary, Alberta. “You can think of the typical cookie-cutter house as being like fast food”—often supersized and designed to satisfy our craving for beauty, he said. It’s a house that’s designed to seduce us into buying by feeding our fantasies of a more glamorous life, he said, not one that’s necessarily easy to live in or easy on the environment. (more…)