Archive for November, 2007

Moving the living room…

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Another update. Fiona came up with the bright idea of moving the main living area from the centre to one side of the upper floor. It’s a move I’ve resisted before because the living area just seemed so right there in the centre with views out of its own South window and those of the rooms on both sides – and indeed the new placement does limit the view slightly (partially offset by increasing the size of the East window) – but against that the new design does bring some significant advantages:

  • Improved flow: the stairs now come up to an open space leading to kitchen, bathroom, deck, dining room and living area.
  • Better kitchen layout: no need for the galley-style kitchen
  • Easier zoning for the living area: just one side wall to close off


Sketchup model of south-facing passive solar house design - 28 October 2007

Sketchup model of south-facing passive solar house design - 28 October 2007


Overall I think the benefits are just too good to ignore. New images and model are available under the same terms as before – Creative Commons “Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike” license.

Released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license

Download Sketchup model (13MB)

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