Why Downspouts Are So Important In a House?

Downspout and gutter system.

A downspout is very important in a house. Also called a drainpipe, waterspout, drain spout, or downpipe, it creates a path so that water can pass from the gutter to the ground. It is an enclosed pathway that prevents the water from damaging the foundation of the home by passing it away from the base […]

The Beauty of Natural Building: Sustainable Techniques

Many natural building materials, such as straw bales and adobe, possess excellent thermal mass properties.

In a world increasingly concerned about environmental sustainability, natural building techniques are shining as a beacon of hope. These methods harness the beauty of nature to create homes and structures that not only stand the test of time but also leave a minimal ecological footprint. Explore the wonders of natural building and discover how sustainable […]

How to Design Your Home to Be Pet-Friendly

Many homeowners put up with homes that aren’t suitable for their pets. They might not be adequately fenced or have materials that aren’t durable enough for the wear and tear of excitable dogs. When the time comes to start designing your dream home from the ground up, pet-friendliness is likely one of the factors you […]

10 Best Storage Cabinets to Organize Every Room

When it comes to decluttering and organizing your home, storage cabinets are key. But it’s not just about hiding things away⁠—it’s about being mindful of what you’re storing where. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that as long as something is out of sight, it’s out of mind. But it is not […]

18 Houseplants That Are Most Effective at Purifying Air

Plants that purify air at home

These houseplants can help keep your home safe. Air pollution is most apparent in cities. But even our homes — no matter how far they are from the city — are often exposed to toxic chemicals that can affect our family’s health! Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors — in offices […]

Toronto’s Tiniest Home

Arthur Weedon's Creation

Toronto Canada Year Built:    1912 Built Area:     300 sq. ft. (27.8 m2) At just over 7 feet wide (2.2m), this must be one of the narrowest fixed homes in the developed world.  It also ranks as one of the smallest we’ve come across, excluding those built on trailers. The home was built […]

Autarkhome – a fully sustainable houseboat

A fully self-sustaining passivehaus... that floats!

Maastricht, Netherlands  –  Autarkhome and Pietet Kromwijik Year built:     2011 Internal area:     140 m2   (1,512 sq. ft.) Cost:     From €455,000 Meet the Autarkhome – the houseboat that has full passivhaus certification and that generates 100% of it’s own power. Now add that it creates its own drinking and household water and […]

The Stair House

Daejeon City, Shimane  Japan  –   y+M Design Office Built area:     143 m2  (1,550 sq. ft.) Take two teachers, two young children, a seaside position with harsh winters and a strong desire to interact with family and students in a casual surrounding.  The House of Stairs is the innovative and visually stimulating result. Externally, the […]

Life in a Fishbowl

Not designed for the retiring personality!

Roppongi (Tokyo) Japan  –  Mejiro Studios Built area:     87.5m2  (945 sq. ft.) This is definitely a home for very confident people.  The entire focus of the home is the bathroom (or wash-room) as they are thought of in Japan.  Fully walled in glass, the bathroom sits in the centre of the home which is itself, a single […]

Edgeland House – healing the land

Edgeland House Austin TX

Austin TX  USA  –  Bercy Chen Studio LP Built area: 130 m2  (1,400 sq. ft.) Year built: 2012 Photography: Paul Bardagjy In many areas of the western world, industry has come and gone, more often than not leaving a badly scarred landscape in it’s wake. This was such a site. We’ll leave the telling of the tale to the architects: “Edgeland House […]

Two Houses – minimal impact architecture

Luque, Paraguay – BAUEN Architects Built:     2012 Built Area – combined:     600 m2  (6,480 sq ft) Photography:    Mónica Matiauda This is a development for two families sharing a common lot.  The homes are designed to retain as much green space as possible.  The architect state in their notes: “In this project the search for a […]

Underground Living in Switzerland

Villa Vals – Christian Muller Architects and SeARCH Architecture Built:   2005 – 2009 Area:   225m2  (2,430 sq. ft.) Most of us would think twice before even considering and underground home.  Yet such homes offer some unique advantages, both ecologically and for the security conscious. These notes are from co-designer, SeARCH: SeARCH and CMA collaborated […]

Stacking Green

Stacking Green 1

Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam – Vo Trong Nghia Built:  2011 Area:  250m2 (2,700 sq ft) Vo Trong Nghia is unquestionably one of the world’s great architects.  After studying architecture in Vietnam, he was chosen for a prime scholarship in Japan where he worked for some years with that country’s leading architects on major commercial, industrial […]

Archway Studios – Living in a tunnel

Archway Studio - London infill

Southwark London –  Undercurrent Architects Photography: Candice Lake After looking at thousands of projects, it really does take a lot to make us sit back and say ‘WOW’.  This home/office did!  We try to be objective and keep bias out of what we choose to post.  Some we like, some we just find interesting or feel […]

12 feet wide in Barcelona

12 foot wide in Barcelona

Old Barcelona Spain  –  Ferrolan_LAB Photography by Raimon Solà Casacuberta Site area:     92.5m2  (1,000 sq ft) Developed area:     350m2 (3,780 sq ft) If you take a moment to visualise a five level home on a lot just 3.7 metres wide by 25 metres deep (12′ x 81′), it’s easy to assume it […]

Seaview House

Seaview House - JCB

Old Barwon Heads Victoria Australia   –  Jackson Clement Burrows JCB are internationally renown architects.  We like their innovative thinking and that they still seem to delight in doing simple residential projects.  This house is located in Old Barwon Heads on a street comprising an eclectic mix of post war beach houses.  The dominant theme is […]