– Nigel Young
“good design is timeless…”
mean that good design is timeless, as Art Deco and the E-type Jag have clearly
demonstrated over the years.
How to achieve this
The site dictates the house; pre-designed houses from a building companies
The basic principle
maximum sun / light + maximum privacy = maximum equity
2. Now the reason for this – apart from maximum comfort and the best contribution to life choices – is the final part of the equation: maximum equity. I define equity as the difference between cost and value, and the greater the difference, the greater the equity.
Because what must be understood, is that The client isn’t actually designing for themselves, they are designed for the next owner. Or to put it another way, equity is only actually established when the house is actually sold. The price paid by the new owner is the true reflection of value.
An example of this is the criteria for good design as listed by Lifemark™. With an
3. Design expectations have changed considerably over the last thirty years or so. One example is the size of windows that are specified – they are far bigger and let in far more light than three decades ago, but this, in turn, brings its own problems – our structures have been pushed to the limit by such demands. Or take heat distribution. We build doors that don’t go to the ceiling, which means that effectively – given that heat rises – we put a dam across the top, and then we wonder why the heat doesn’t go all the way down the house.
Another example is our preferred method of insulation – Pink Batts. Batts only fill in cavities, and then more often than not sag over time, thus reducing their effectiveness. Furthermore, their R rating is established in a laboratory, and the mere act of pushing them into the cavity compresses them and reduces that value in the process. My preference is for solid insulation systems that wrap the house properly, and
4. Durability is also a major issue. Under current legislation, a house’s structure only has to last 50 years,
maximum sun / light + maximum privacy + increased quality = maximum equity on steroids
5. Concrete slabs failed badly during the earthquakes, with perfectly good buildings being written off because the slab had cracked and broken. So we’ve decided that the answer is to throw more concrete at them! What we have failed to
As long as a house is getting its strength from the ground, it is vulnerable. Houses need to be built now as independent structural units that are self-supporting and that can be placed on the site as opposed to being dug into the site. And the advantages of the latter are many – easier to prefabricate and deliver to site, easier to re-level after an earthquake, and easier to relocate should the need arise.
Cheap is not an option
Let’s build something.
Let’s Build Something
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