The social and economic climate of the day can, and typically has, had a broad affect on home design throughout time. Our current times are no different; in fact, home design may be more driven by these factors than we have seen in over fifty years. The current economic downturn coupled with peoples’ desire to be more environmentally conscience, has brought about change in our perception of what a home should be. Efficiency is the key word of today, and now more than ever, it is an integral part of designing and building a home. Maximizing the efficiency of resources during construction can cut down home building costs, while quality construction and air-sealing a home can cut down the energy costs over its lifetime.
Here at SWA Architects, we have begun developing a housing design strategy that is built on the motto of efficiency. We have started preliminary designs of homes that are designed to fit narrower suburban and urban lots and range in size from 1,800 to 2,500 square feet. Read the rest of this entry »