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Stilt living space saving

Currently in the UK we have a housing crisis. We need affordable homes that are well within a reasonable budget for our expanding population. I feel excited when I see designers coming up with innovative space saving ideas to get things going and improve the housing situation. Bill Dunster OBE has come up with pop up properties above car parks and other ground level facilities to save space. He wants to build small houses on stilts. The homes will have solar panel roofs, water recycling systems and electric vehicle charging points. Floor space will be 74 square meters. The cost to rent per month including bills will be around £750. The cost to install will be between £55,000-£60,000 (that is the cost for some deposits for a mortgage in London, crazy!).  The average UK new build measures 76 square meters. I say why not build these homes. For a first time home for a single person or couple or someone in need of housing immediately, this is a great solution in my eyes. Strong eco friendly material built within spaces you didn’t think you could use such as a car park. In the long run I think it could even save building less on green spaces, which preserves our natural beauty that we have in the UK. A home doesn’t have to cost the earth.

These tiny portable pods (seen here after being assembled in China) are being proposed as one solution for Britain's housing crisis - with a rent of £750 a month. See SWNS story SWPOD: Architect Bill Dunster OBE says they can be turned into pop-up communities and offer a way of young people getting on the housing ladder. They are eco-friendly with solar panel roofs, water recycling systems and electric vehicle charging points. The starter homes can be put on pre-existing land, such as on carparks and garages, and while they are durable, permanent structures, they can be easily relocated if a site is redeveloped in future. Single-pod homes measuring just 22.5 square metres - less than a third the 76 sq m floorspace of the average UK newbuild.

These tiny portable pods (seen here after being assembled in China) are being proposed as one solution for Britain's housing crisis - with a rent of £750 a month. See SWNS story SWPOD: Architect Bill Dunster OBE says they can be turned into pop-up communities and offer a way of young people getting on the housing ladder. They are eco-friendly with solar panel roofs, water recycling systems and electric vehicle charging points. The starter homes can be put on pre-existing land, such as on carparks and garages, and while they are durable, permanent structures, they can be easily relocated if a site is redeveloped in future. Single-pod homes measuring just 22.5 square metres - less than a third the 76 sq m floorspace of the average UK newbuild.

http://metro.co.uk/video/embed/1284160/5826042

Original article http://metro.co.uk/2016/04/19/could-these-tiny-homes-on-stilts-solve-the-housing-crisis-5826042/

Photography SWNS

A very simple classic room idea

We’ve all been there, wanting to have our own space to think and just be. A lot of new builds compared with older built homes just don’t think about what a space has to offer in my opinion. We can have our own space to think and just be with a room divider. It is the cheaper alternative to knocking down walls or building walls and starting again if you haven’t got the money. Or even if you have, why not use this ingenious idea. Nina Tolstrup’s design firm Studiomama, has created a pastel coloured wardrobe with doors that unfold into a partition for a large room. This idea utilises a space and uses half for another purpose without adding to much extra costs. The bonus of room dividers is that it can be made to be flat packed. If you can’t buy one why not ask around for a furniture designer to make one. Good luck.

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Photography by Dennis Peterson. Original article/sources http://www.dezeen.com/2016/01/12/nina-tolstrup-studiomama-metamorphic-wardrobe-partition-room-divider-storage/

Cube living by Till Könneker

In many cities around the world, space is at a premium. Everyone wants and should have a decent size property to live in. Swiss designer Till Könneker has come up with one solution to this space saving living problem. He has created a box with a bed, queen size, workspace and storage compartments. Könneker says “My own living space had no storage space, but really high ceilings. “I wanted an all-in-one solution and one sleepless night, the picture of this living cube came into my head – I made a simple sketch there and then in the dark.” What a great idea and proactive approach. Furniture products like this could be used for bigger families as well as for one person.

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Images and quote of Till Könneker courtesy of http://www.dezeen.com/2014/08/03/till-konnekers-living-cube-sleeping-platform-storage-studio-apartments/

Photography is Rob Lewis.

Stairway hideaway

In a world where our population is growing and we have to make use of space or don’t always have the means to buy or build a better home, there are always cheaper ways to make do with what you have at a lower cost. In my opinion, living in a well organised space is key to tranquility in our ever changing, fast paced lives. A tidy space is a tidy mind. The home should be a place to relax and unwind. The examples I have found is not a new idea and is something more homes could use. Stairways in our homes are there to support us walking upstairs. It could also be viewed as empty space. I hope these images inspire you to imagine what is possible in making a beautiful tidy living space in your staircase.

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