Alcove space

Hello everyone. I hope you are well. Alcove spaces are sometimes spaces that are over looked. These spaces could be used for simple storage, they could be used as cupboard space, or they could even be used as tiny rooms when you have guests/family round with bedding put in. Alcove spaces are interesting spaces because of the form and shape of the building. What did the architect have in mind when the building was being built, what did he or she want to achieve from that little space? I think these spaces are great.

Below are some images I have found to illustrate this point. Happy tidy living space.

Images from Google/Pinterest. I do not own the images. Credit to the photographer.

Starter home custom built

Hello there, I hope you are well. Everywhere in the UK and London it seems that there are new modern apartment developments being built. Some people love the luxury they offer, while some still prefer the traditional Victorian/Georgian architecture that the UK, especially England, was built on, whether it is a house or flat. Most agree however that we all should have a comfortable affordable home. I believe we should. The other week I came across an article about a competition, NaCSBA (Nation Custom & Self Build Association) starter home on a shoestring. Barton Willmore, an independent planning and design consultancy, partnered with EcoMotive, a social enterprise, which together came up with a product called “Modulhus” also known as “snug” that allows people to up skill and take ownership of their future home. The cost is from around £50 000. Aside from buying the land to place the Modulhus on which would be an extra cost, I think this is a step in the right direction for home ownership. It would be a new way of living and in my opinion, help people live in decent affordable homes.

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This picture and more information can be found at http://www.bartonwillmore.co.uk/Knowledge/News/Self-build-Snug-wins-NaCSBA-Starter-home-on-a-Sho

Holiday on a London bus

Hello there everyone, I hope you are well. The iconic double decker red bus of London always gets people talking, whether you are a commuter living in London or a holiday maker coming to visit the city. The other week I was reading the paper on the bus, and came across an article about an entrepreneur named Alberto Samino. He has come up with the idea of converting an old double decker red bus into an affordable hostel for tourists. Based in Cricklewood, it will cost £8 a night to stay in, has two shower rooms, two toilets and a kitchen. You will have your own space with lockable door. I think this is a great venture, is re-using the space a double decker bus has to offer and offering a comfortable place to stay. Pictures and further information about this can be found at https://www.instagram.com/capsulehostelbus/

The original article was in the Evening Standard newspaper.

I do not own the photograph in this article. Picture from Google.

Floating shipping container

Hello there friends! I hope you are doing well. Shipping containers. How could one float? Why would you want to live in one? I previously posted on this before (see article here) https://tidylivingspace.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/shipping-container-homes/ then yesterday I came across an interesting article about low cost living in the Metro newspaper, Tuesday 20th September 2016. Product designer and up cycler Max McMurdo sold his cottage for £50 000 and used that money to buy and renovate a shipping container in Bedford Marino, England. The build took three months from start to finish. The container measures 40ft long by 10ft wide by 10ft high. He previously researched building regulations and spent time in the container at first to get used to the space. What an amazing achievement to have accomplished! In this ever changing world, we have to find ways to live well and within our own personal budgets. Could living in a shipping container on the water be one, cheaper, way to getting your own home and onto the property ladder?

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More images and reading about way of living can be found at http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2015-11-24/floating-shipping-container-makes-ideal-home/ and http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/george-clarkes-amazing-spaces-a-floating-home-made-from-shipping-container-puts-houseboat-living-in-50876.html#gallery

Pictures from Google.

Living in a toilet

Hello there everyone. I hope you are well. The title of this post is living in a toilet. Why would anyone do that when we use toilets for other more practical things. I thought this too until I stumbled upon a story of a woman who transformed an old public toilet in London into a small home; and for a reasonable cost too. In this ever changing world, home life seems to be constantly changing and sometimes we have to change with it. Below are pictures from start to finish.

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In my opinion, this is an amazing use of unwanted space to create a home. The home cost £65,000 to build and is now worth £200,000 (George Clarke’s amazing spaces: the best builds Channel 4). For London living or any city living, this is a great price to pay, if you are prepared to get creative. If a space is practical enough, why not let more unused space like this be transformed and used to house people?

Pictures from the Telegraph paper and photographed by James Balston. Some pictures from Google.

Fill the room with light

Hello there everyone. Light within a space is important. It is important because when the sun rises in the morning it tends to make people feel alive, fresh and awake ready for the day. At night when it is dark, most of us feel tired and ready to sleep. At tidy living space I am always looking for ways to improve small spaces. One way I thought could give the illusion of a bigger open space, is by having bigger windows in a small room. Depending on the space, adding bigger windows lets in more light to make you want to be ready for the day ahead. At night to keep in warmth I would suggest adding curtains. I always believe that space should be a decent size to live in. Letting in more light can make a room seem bigger. Below are some images from Google that illustrate this point. What do you think?

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Sliding doors – now you see it, now you don’t.

Good morning! I hope you are well. Sliding doors. What can they do for your home you may be thinking. Sliding doors have been around for a long time and can be a wonderful idea to help save space in small homes. Sliding doors are used for numerous things in modern society such as, lifts doors and automatic doors in shopping centre entrances. In Japan, a sliding door is very common in traditional style homes. What if, when designing and building modern homes, we used sliding doors in homes more than the open and close swinging door. I believe all homes should be of suitable size to live in. The added bonus of using a sliding door could free up more space by the door entrance, to place an extra side table for example, so that all the space is utilised in a better way and you don’t have to exclude the door way area in interior planning. Is there anyone who doesn’t like the sight of a door? A sliding door can also be hidden, if it painted the same colour as the wall; like a chameleon the door could camouflage and be less noticeable as the door would be a part of the wall, when the door is slid open. Happy door hunting.

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I do not own these images. They are images from google.

The humble council flat

Hello there and good morning. The humble council flat to many can mean living in a home or area that is run down and horrible with a stigma that living on an estate means you don’t want to achieve much in life. Sadly sometimes that is true. Most of the time that isn’t true. The council home in Britain has been around since about the 1920’s. Often, a council home has more square meters of space than a modern new build; yet more council homes have been sold off with less being used for people who need housing quickly, or families. I am a strong believer in making the best of what you have in the space you have, and that also includes council homes. Private rent is currently very expensive and in my opinion, council’s need to build more council homes again. What if the council house/flat was given more love in the way of decoration with the space utilised in a better way, removing the stigma attached to living in a council home. Interior decoration is so important for our wellbeing and to motivate us to then go on and achieve more and eventually buy a property of our own, if that is your goal.

Sarah Thompson author of the book style council, illustrates how creative homeowners have re-designed and made great use of the space in their council home. Her goal was to change the way people perceive council properties. Below are some pictures and a link to an article where she explains her thoughts.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3183736/Gleaming-kitchens-period-fireplaces-designer-wallpaper-New-book-reveals-surprisingly-chic-interiors-hidden-inside-Britain-s-drabbest-council-houses.html

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Lego apartments for adults

Hello there, how are you doing in this weird and wonderful world? Living in a comfortable space is what we all strive for. If we can and if we want, being in the heart of the city in any country of the world, is also on some people’s list of comfortable living. In my quest to find different ways of living in a small home I have come across a lego style apartment in Barcelona’s Born district. A man named Christian Schallert bought a tiny apartment and had it re designed by architect Barbara Appolloni. It is an ingenious idea on how to space save in 24 square meters. I think it is a great space for the likes of single city occupants who want their first step onto the property ladder, students and even the homeless. I would hope because the space is so small, that it wouldn’t cost as much as a bigger flat because ultimately, it is one room. There is potential in this idea. For longer term living, I think moving into a bigger place would be better, if you want to have more space or have a family. Below is a video showing you what the apartment looks like inside. There is also a huge amount of light, which would be important in a small space. What do you think?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juWaO5TJS00

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Hidden furniture

Hello there, how are you doing? Home is where the heart is, at least it should be. Home in the term of a roof over our heads and somewhere warm and safe is something we all want and can relate to. Whether we live in a big or small home I think we should have enough space to relax. The world is expanding in many ways. How does this relate to hidden furniture you ask. Hidden furniture can be tucked away and then expanded to be used. It could be as simple as a table or chair. In some cases, it is becoming expensive to have a growing family and not being able to find a bigger home or affordable, to accommodate this. I think innovation is key to providing great homes for us all to live in, in a time when affordability and space is a growing issue around the globe. Below is a video I came across on YouTube illustrating one companies idea on transformable space saving furniture. What if homes were designed and built with the idea of focusing on the furniture to fit the room and architecture of the space as a product?