KITCHEN AND HOME SKETCH DESIGNS has been very busy designing around a newly renovated bathroom. No before pictures to show as yet of the home but they will follow. As usual the initial idea of a new kitchen has exploded into proposed new rooms, en-suite, alfresco and a cat among the pigeons! The best idea is to live in a home for twelve months before doing ANYTHING. Then knowing how the home functions in each season, how it suits your family and lifestyle we can tailor plan specifically and not work around a room that is magnificent or worse wrecking the completed work because we can not get what we need around it.
Considering the paramount design concept of PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN this home faces north. This is not ideal but we can work with it by maximising living rooms on the facade, being careful of position of windows, rooms and ensuring we don't create cold, dank uninviting rooms that should be habitable.
Star posts, wire mesh with hedging plans planted close by that will grow up through the wire, gives the impression of a "green fence". It can be trimmed, shaped or left to create its own shape. This will provide privacy but not allow kids to escape, dogs or odd people to enter.
Insulation in walls, ceiling and even under floor can assist in audio and temperature control. Window selections can be made with size, outlook, security, size of opening all in mind.
Please keep the comments coming in as they make interesting reading and are very thought provoking. The pictures of what works and does not are great too. Cheers to everyone!
Margot Kirke is a qualified architectural drafts person with a passion for practical living, making the best use of space and use of natural light and warmth.