Concept Information

Building a Healthy House

healthy-home-for-the-familyBuilding a home is not just about the form and building materials, but also a design that supports healthy living.

One of the qualities that are very important in building a house is the house should be healthy! Outside of the pursuit of quality of health of interest or application materials you have the latest products on a house. This is the most basic question that must be met.

A healthy home is a home design that supports the health of its inhabitants. The house is quite open, flexible, and easily maintained. The material used is free from harmful chemicals. Children and parents can access easily and safely to various places in the house.

Of course there are still a number of other requirements. Some are practically presented here, and can be a point in the planning of your home.

Natural lighting

Natural lighting coming from the sun. Light will illuminate and give warmth previously dark corners. Thus preventing damp room. Sunlight can kill 80% bacteria and germs that could potentially grow.

Plug the opening of doors, windows, bouvelicht, or vent. The percentage of openings in the ideal home is 10% -20% of floor space.

The location of openings should be adjusted to the room in need of natural light. Also, sync with the direction of the beam so that he can enter through openings that we make.

Air Circulation

Smooth circulation of air makes the air inside the house cooler and healthier. Easy exchange of air, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels balanced. Keep the ceiling is not too low. Hot air under the roof will be easy on the body, if the ceiling is too low. Minimum ceiling height is 3m from the floor. That way, the temperatures at the top is not easy on the body.

You can also request made under the cavity or hole in the roof. Height ranges from 10cm-20cm in length which can be adjusted to the size of the roof beams. This will make the air cavity under the hot roof, easily exchanged with a new air cooler.

Water Supply

At least, every one occupant requires 60 liters of clean water per day. To ensure the provision of water, a house requires a water storage tank (reservoir).

Making water wells must have a sufficient distance from the septic tank hole. Minimal is 3m. If less, it is feared choli bacteria from septic tanks will seep into water wells clean.

Waste Water Channels

A healthy home is also characterized by a good sewer. Waste bias comes from the kitchen, bathroom, service area. Consider the following.

  • Installation of pipe bends should be minimal in order to smooth the flow of waste water flows.
  • The slope of the discharge pipe from the source to roil the city is 70 degrees. Degrees that will make waste water flowing lancer.
  • Use a trap for the goose neck pipe under the sink and the sink so that the insects caught and prevent the musty odor.
  • Replace the bathtub control in the range 4m distance between one another.
  • Channel effluent wastewater from toilets to be made separately and distributed only to the septic tank.

Walls and floor are dry

Moisture may occur in the walls and floors. This will create a room that tends to wet and become a source of breeding of germs.

You can apply the tiles. Ceramics is a type of waterproof material. Floor or wall to be easily dried.

The walls are attached to the wall of a neighbor’s house will generally moist. Between the two walls with water-resistant materials (waterproofing) before it is closed ceramics.

Garbage disposal

Make sure that in making the design of the house there is adequate landfills. Bins should be sufficient to accommodate the amount of garbage daily. There is a cover, and have holes for drainage if the trash was cleaned.

Wells penetrating

Clean water is increasingly difficult to obtain. Meanwhile, we often let the rain water flushing into the city line. You can ask the architect of your home to provide rain water wells in your yard. A minimum by making a biopori hole.

Some things about the above you can discuss with the architect. Once the stage was built there to always care for and maintain the cleanliness of the house. All this will make your stay more calm. Living comfortably with the family for a long time.

Exterior and Garden

Aligning Minimalist Home and Garden

Minimalist gardenThis year is a year for ‘home’ and gardens ‘minimalist’ is compact, stylish, and practically became a favorite choice of the consumer’s house, which is apt to be read by the property developer. Various minimalisthome products offered and sold as a new symbol of cosmopolitansociety, which is a reflection of the way of living, thinking, and working urban society the very practical, lightweight, efficient, andmanagement simplicity.

The house and garden is a reinterpretation of the social culture, nature and place of residence life. Home is where we rest shelter, socializing, family, and worship. Garden is a reflection of natural energy, and energy is the source of life. So, if the house and garden was designed as a harmonious whole will give life energy to the occupants.

Minimalist concept of home and garden dedicated to increasing the value of an entire room (exterior and interior) by reducing the excess of everything in the room. Minimalist lifestyle philosophy represents a practical, dynamic, concise, effective, and efficient, which is applied in all aspects of life including house building architecture, interior space and exterior gardens. Collaboration minimalist house and garden became the medium of communication between architecture and landscape with a form of contrast, hard-soft, rigid-soft, dead-alive, geometric, dynamic, and between man-made (cultural) and nature.

Minimalist eliminate saturation with the use of decorative ornaments, knick-knacks accessories. Character and quality of spaces created is determined by the existence of space itself, not by the furniture and knick-knacks accessories in it. Space becomes felt relieved (empty, immortality, meditative atmosphere) according to the primary needs of residents, to optimize the circulation of healthy fresh air, and lighting is abundant sunshine (rich colors).

Natural lighting from windows, doors, transparent walls (stained glass, glassblock), or skylights, shade trees, plants and composition of pavement, the right will bring the shadow objects from sunlight reflected off the walls as a natural aesthetic separate elements. While the game is very artistic lighting the lamp, both spotlights, light plant, up to the chandelier with geometric shapes, is able to liven up the evening.

It should be understood, the concept of Western and Eastern minimalism is somewhat different. Western minimalist concept of rational functional tend to put more emphasis on the function of space and material honesty of expression. While the concept of minimalism is very Eastern-influenced philosophy of Zen Buddhism that emphasizes simplicity, harmony, efficient, and effective, and symbolizes the emptiness and silence (spiritual values​​) for each space created clear, plain, and clear, so the space can be lived greatness of the Creator. Being a minimalist nature.

Geometric patterns, proportionate, effective, efficient, neutral colors, and natural (the impression of relief and field), pure colors (primary), the representation of nature (plants, contour shape, the element of water), raw material without excessive finishing (the impression of quiet, gentle , pure, holy, innocent), texture, and contrast. Quality home and garden design, space, and the completion of the structure must be getting better.

Form of a straightforward design, plain, simple, uncomplicated, compact, space-effective and efficient. Blocking mass, materials, lighting, repetition, circulation compact, multifunctional space and sequential optimization. Value minimalist beauty of the house and garden ornaments and objects do not rely on artificial, but more meaningful to an honesty of form, function, and dedication that created spaces.

Home and garden minimalist arrangement requires a harmonious overall look, a combination of hard materials (concrete, stone, pebbles, gravel, sand), the physical structure of buildings and exotic plants, exotic colors, as well as supporting elements (lights, pond, benches, statues , furniture). Minimalism requires the alignment of materials, shapes, colors, and textures with the impression conveyed to the warm, intimate, romantic, natural, or futuristic. Monochromatic color game with themes such as grading the two primary colors create the spatial unity between house and garden.

Use of building materials (house and garden) minimalism is not necessarily expensive. Use simple materials (a strong element of simplicity) rather than a luxury with expensive materials, and natural materials (the elements of harmony with nature). Exposure to the dominance of material (soft and hard) will produce certain effects that different. Design and calculation of the detailed structure can save the use of materials with the results of building a house and garden optimum artistic look.

Arrangement of furniture requires regularity, where all objects are located at regular positions respectively. The room filled with furniture that is highly efficient and functional course. Furniture chosen only really needed, not a decorative element, if possible multifunctional. Room was clean and seemed relieved. Furniture interior and exterior with geometric shapes aims to maximize use of space, there is no gap or space left to die.

Parks play an important role include the beauty and harmony of nature into the building and unite with the surrounding natural environment. Park as a dynamic live objects instead give spirit to the minimalist home that often seem cold and stiff.

The fence is designed to strengthen the impression of a minimalist home of textured concrete (horizontal / vertical), or betel leaf walls (pieces of stone be nested), which was becoming a trend, until the hedges soften the stiffness of the building.

The presence of the water element in the form of geometric pool and a tranquil water, waterfall, or water spray (fog effect) brings stillness and coolness of the space and audience space.

Minimalist house and garden, they must collaborate to form the order of outer space, buildings, and space in a balanced (yin), interwoven with each other in harmony, and not dominate the other. The division of space is very efficient, functional, and clear hierarchy, and reduce (reduce) the various needs of the space that is not important.

Occupants and visitors can easily recognize the functions of space. Space seemed to flow from the front yard, front porch, crawl spaces each, up to the back porch. Dining room, living room and kitchen which are interconnected to have the regularity, continuity and harmony between space design.

Aligning the house and garden of minimalist means to bring a home environment calm and soothing.


Home Improvement

Home Improvement Imports

Designers & Decorators

Whether it’s the form, function, or aesthetic of their home, Americans would do well to take a look at what’s going on in international communities. From adding a distinctive flavor to your home to reducing your monthly utility expenses, people in other parts of the world have developed innovative solutions over the past year and previous centuries. Take a look at these three areas of home improvements and whether it’s time for you to import one of these international innovations.

Home Heating Costs: Latin-American Tankless Water Heaters
In truth, tankless water heaters are the dominant form of hot water in most places outside of the U.S., but a lack of reliability in the public water supply makes tankless water heating particularly popular in Latin-America. Of course, tankless water heaters are becoming more common in the U.S., as energy conservation becomes a bigger and bigger issue. Most of these new systems, however, are designed to provide hot water to the entire home and can cost quite a bit to install. Latin-American homeowners get around this issue by installing an electric shower head that heats the water as it comes out of your shower head. Rather than installing an expensive tankless water heating system, you can simply turn down your hot water tank to a minimal temperature for the rest of your home. This type of low-cost alternative is sure to be the sort of thing that more and more Americans look at, as they try to scale back their monthly expenses.

Most electric showerheads cost less than a $100 and use 50 percent less energy to heat your water. On the home improvement front, homeowner demand for tankless water heating systems has increased by more than 50 percent, according to ServiceMagic, leading online resource connecting homeowners and home improvement contractors.

Home Exteriors and Interiors: European and Middle Eastern Tiles
One of the very first home improvement imports was the clay-tile roofs European settlers brought with them. Further back, tile roofs are present in early Greek civilization, nearly 2,500 years ago. While roofing tiles have since expanded into slate, metal, even concrete, almost every form of tiled roofing has demonstrably better performance than conventional asphalt shingling. Most of these high-quality roofing materials will last 50 years or more, while asphalt may be good for only about a dozen or so years. Thus, though you may pay two to three times as much for your roofing installation for roofing tile, it remains one of the most cost-effective upgrades in the home improvement industry.

Meanwhile, decorative tiles, one of the hallmarks of Middle Eastern and Islamic art, are another part of the ubiquity of residential tile. Whether it’s a kitchen backsplash, a decorative accent for the dining room ceiling, a way to spruce up a bathroom shower, or to create dynamic borders for your flooring, decorative tiles and mosaics are a handy, underutilized home fashion. Indeed, with the most recent, drab decorating trends behind us, a renewed interest in vibrant colors would do good to look at this Middle Eastern tradition.

Tile installation of almost every kind is holding steady or experiencing growth in the residential sector, according to ServiceMagic. The tile project showing the fastest growth is glass tiles and blocks with an increase of more than 30 percent in homeowner demand from last year.

Home Design: The Chinese Courtyard
The Chinese courtyard residence, or siheyuan, is nearly 3,000 years old, but the principle and appeal remain alive today throughout the world. Popular in sunny climates in the western half of the U.S., you’ll probably never see outdoor entertainment areas in the same way with a residential courtyard. Meanwhile, American isolationism has hampered the architectural possibilities. Fighting over fences, hedges, and property lines is a pretty far cry from sharing a wall with a neighboring siheyuan. In many neighborhoods, many siheyuan are built adjacent to one another to form alleyways, known as hutongs. These walkways, however, aren’t so dissimilar from backyard walking paths. Here, too, is an interesting landscaping possibility, as Chinese neighborhoods frequently have ornate gates that mark the entrance to a hutong.

U.S. Home Improvement Exports
It’s a well-established fact that the number one U.S. export is pop-culture in the form of movies, music, TV, etc, but this is far from the only thing. Home builders are taking their business overseas, building American-style suburban homes in northern Iraq. Indeed, American infrastructure isn’t so much a national commodity as it is an international one. In fact, this past year, the Department of Commerce reported that amongst our 14 free trade partners, the U.S. was actually running a $2.7 billion trade surplus for manufacturing exports during the first five months of the year.

Recent cries for protectionism aside, it’s hard to doubt that international trade is still the driving force of a continuously developing global economy. As a homeowner, if you ignore international trends and innovations, you’re likely to be left behind the curve, whether it’s maintaining a sustainable, cost-effective home or displaying a bold, appealing home interior.