Friday, 5 February 2016

How architects are able to convert homes into sustainable spaces

There is a movement in which architects such as Matthew Jones Architects in North Wales and property owners are merging ideas that is allowing gradual conversion of home into sustainable places. The likes of compost bins for kitchen and garden waste that are later used for producing organic vegetable, biological filters for water bodies, rainwater harvesting pits that allow replenishment of water supplies and even reclaimed wood recycled to create flooring and furnishings are becoming more and more common in an aim to increase sustainability inside the home.

When we put comfortable living aside, many people are finding joy in the knowledge that they are adopting a sustainable way of life it is becoming a sought after practice, especially as luxury home owners look to improve their already completed homes. Many larger houses guzzle resources, meaning it can be considered as a very logical thing to do, offsetting some of the power and resource consumptions with its own sustainable processes. Architects are not only concerned with the space in and around a property, but also with the way the property works in regards to such effects as consumption.

Controlling consumption is now a hot topic and popular methods of counteracting large consumption levels include rainwater harvesting and compost bins. You can now treat sewage water generated from your home and recycle it into your home, which saves huge amounts of water. ‘Hydrophonics’ and ‘Aquaphonics’ and landscaping techniques that allow plants to sustain without water and help you grow more in a lesser space. Vertical gardens and pergolas are also great ways of adding to the productivity of your home.

farming spaces that allow fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to be grown in your own home are very popular techniques that are used by a huge number of people. ‘Regenerative Architecture’ is working on the ‘Kilometre Zero’ concept where everything is generated on site, including electricity and food.

Sustainability in homes might not be a simple over night procedure, but small gradual positive changes in lifestyle through integration of natural elements, while making efforts to reduce or offset energy consumption will allow you to make your home into a sustainable place to live and run.

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