With the rise of the internet, and the advent of the new generation of technology, many architects and builders are working on new ideas for how to make their homes more accessible and more beautiful.
But the design of the house itself has become a major question, because it’s not the most efficient way to build.
“How do you get the most out of your materials?” asked Michael Puhlman, the founder of the architecture desk at The Wall Street Journal.
What does a designer need to know?
How much of the home should be in the house?
How will it be built?
Is there an architecturally-correct way to make the house more sustainable?
How to make it easier to fix?
And if a house is too tall or narrow for someone with a handicap, can you make it taller?
The most commonly used materials in modern homes are steel, concrete, and metal.
Each of these materials is designed to withstand the harsh environment of a home and to resist bending and cracking.
Steel is considered a strong and durable material.
But as a structural component, it’s also prone to breaking, especially if it’s too hot or dry.
“That’s when we get the issues with the materials, especially when they’re hot,” said Michael P. Holl, a senior architect at the Architect Desk.
“It’s one of those things that if you have it, it works, but if you don’t, it breaks.”
A single story home is about three times the size of a typical suburban house.
For that reason, designers need to think about the home in terms of its floor area, not its size.
“The home is the building material, not the house,” said Puhnman.
“So how do you take advantage of that?”
Designing for the environmentIn a typical home, there are several different levels of energy consumption and design parameters that affect how a home will look.
The most obvious is heat.
When it’s cold outside, you need to keep the exterior of the building to a minimum.
As you warm up, you use the building as a heat sink.
If it’s really cold outside you’re going to need to lower the temperature to keep people warm.
But with the exception of windows, a home should never be too hot.
If you have a furnace in the living room or kitchen, you can keep it as low as possible to keep you warm.
If your roof is falling in on your roof, you want to have an air conditioning system that’s in the middle of the roof.
And then there’s a design-by-volume approach.
In most of the homes I’ve built, you put the most energy-efficient materials on the ground floor.
You have a low-density, high-energy floor on top of the most insulated materials on top.
In a typical urban home, the materials used on the lower floors are usually steel, aluminum, and concrete.
But in some neighborhoods, like the suburbs I work in, there’s less concrete in the homes and more metal.
It’s because of these differences in the materials that people often look at this design differently, says Puhlenman.
And there are a number of reasons for this.
For example, in cities, it may be more expensive to install the most expensive materials, because the price is more likely to be higher.
And that’s not necessarily a good thing.
“You’re going after the least amount of energy,” he said.
“There are people who live in more expensive houses.
They don’t necessarily want to build a $100,000 house that’s going to be a lot of insulation.
That’s probably a bad idea.”
And while you might think the home you’re building with the least materials is going to have the best overall energy-efficiency, there could be some trade-offs.
“I’ve seen people build very thin houses,” said Holl.
“If you have something like aluminum on top, that’s an energy-dense material.
And you’re also going to want to make sure that you don`t have too many people in the building.
You’re also probably going to use as much heat-resisting materials as you can.”
But with a lot more design consideration, the final decision as to how to build your house is actually made by you, and you.
And if you want a new design, you might want to look at a different material, Holl said.
He has a good tip for that: “If it’s a new material, it has to be made with a low density.
A lot of the materials in the market are made with materials that are just going to wear out.
If they’re made with very high densities, they’re going a long time without breaking.”
The more you can control the amount of insulation in your house, the more energy you’re able to save and the less materials you have to deal with.
But, like most home projects, there may be some unexpected complications. “Some