IDEAS BEFORE DESIGNING YOUR DREAM HOME
“Change happens all around us, such as the way of life, environment, society, population structure, and advanced technology. This influences the ideas that we can consider before designing our dream home”
Design trends for houses usually came from the influence of the changes in the environment, society, way of life, technology, and innovation for human needs.
This has led to housing concepts that respond to different lifestyles such as the energy-saving home, healthy home, elders’ safe home, environmentally friendly home, disaster-resistant home, and small-sized home.
Here are some interesting ideas that can be useful in designing your dream home.
Resources are becoming scarce by the day while many consider this a threat and begin the collaboration to save and efficiently use energy.
This includes designing eco-friendly homes that save the use of energy which can be categorized into 2 types, energy-saving homes by design and energy-saving homes by technology.
Energy-saving homes by design consider sunlight and wind. In these homes, skylights are positioned in directions with mild sunlight (ex. the north) and openings are provided for the wind to enter and flow out of the house for good ventilation. Functional spaces are designed to coincide with sunlight, wind, and functionality. Moreover, the eaves often extend out in the direction with much sunlight.
In these homes, dwellers are less dependent on energy as the home itself can block sun and rain while providing great ventilation.
Energy-saving homes by technology are homes that manage and control energy usage in the house install a solar cell system and recycle resources (ex. reuse rain or greywater). It is also equipped with ventilation and cooling systems to alleviate the heat.
Some families involuntarily live in the city with several factors and limitations such as land size, pollution, smog from vehicles as well as crowded stores and people. A home should serve as a sanctuary for both the body and mind. It should have good ventilation and a suitable temperature, neither too hot nor too cold.
The home should provide pure air for good health while noise should not disturb everyday activities such as reading (and not interrupting neighbors). Lighting should be appropriate (neither too dark nor too bright) and the atmosphere should offer privacy. Functional areas should fit its usage and construction materials should be safe, non-toxic, and easy to maintain. There are many more details that may affect the emotions and feelings of the tenants.
Most importantly, one should always feel safe and worry-free when inside the home.
Elders’ safe home
Shifts in the population structure have brought about an increase in elders. The Philippines soon might be entering the aging society, thus, we must prepare homes for them. They must be able to live and fully carry on activities conveniently and safely.
For home designing, the physical features must allow elders to be mobile in all areas such as even floors, fewer stairs or steps, and designs for the proper walking distance or wheelchairs.
Also, materials should be safe to prevent accidents. As for the mental features, designs should provide a common space for the whole family to make elders feel important.
In addition, windows and openings should be designed to fit elders so that they can clearly see the exterior view and not feel isolated.
Third generation home
The Filipinos are familiar with living together as one big family wherein every generation has different needs. This influences private functional space design that seeks to match each individual for every generation to enjoy together. This also involves choosing the right equipment and color.
The area in focus should be the spaces for children and elders. Children’s areas should promote learning, development, and imagination. Also, it should consider cleanliness and safety. Moreover, functional areas should be capable of alterations following the child’s development. Elder’s space should be designed to carry on everyday activities. Avoid slippery, sharp materials and install items that can help with balancing and support physical changes. This will help to prevent accidents.
Natural disaster-resistant home
Natural disasters unexpectedly occur. In the Philippines, floods are quite common while earthquakes are also. In the past, traditional Filipino homes are elevated above the ground, so they are livable even with floods.
With the changes coupled with the influence of western culture, cement homes are not elevated and are no longer built to cope with floods or earthquakes. Unfortunately, natural disasters still occur, hence, people are beginning to worry.
Today, organizations develop innovation and technology to help build actual homes that can withstand natural disasters and unexpected events such as flood-resistant homes (Amphibious House) and earthquake-resistant homes.
More and more Filipinos are living as a nuclear family (father, mother, and child). There are those who choose to purchase land to build new homes or build on existing land (near the parent’s home).
The size of such a home is often compact and only large enough just for the family. This has lead to the popularity of small-sized homes that fit the budget and are easy to maintain.
It can be designed for comfortability that can be built for good functionality with appropriate structures, layouts, and systems. Designs can provide good ventilation while lightings, colors, and materials can make the home feel spacious and pleasant.
If you are looking to build a house, these ideas can be used as a guide for you in designing your dream home.