a few brief thoughts on the relationships between rooms and the role of functionalism in designing a house
AGING IN PLACE - DESIGN FOR THE LONG VIEW
Recently we have found ourselves working on projects that are explicitly designed for aging in place. These are houses with single-floor plans, adaptable kitchens, and a load of other simple, functional solutions to allow folks to stay in their houses as long as possible. We have gotten the local code enforcement officials to approve curbless roll-in showers and other code modifications that are becoming increasingly requested and required for aging homeowners.
THE TYPES AND COSTS OF HEATING YOUR HOUSE
The available array of options for heating and cooling your house is significantly larger than it was just a few years ago. Heightened awareness of energy efficiency and new, related techologies, have given us options that not only provide a much greater degree of thermal comfort, but do so at less cost and most importantly provide the homeowner with monitoring tools to increase awareness of how these systems can be optimized.