Good design has long been a passion of mine, I like things that are very elegant and fit for their purpose. but there is one area of design that has long disappointed me and that is the design of the houses that we build, especially when it comes to the “budget” end of the market where it all seems to be about pretence and artifice rather than substance and honesty. The cure to this issue should be in industrial design where the notion has always been to get the most amount of usable space for the least amount of money. In the past I have considered the re-purposing of shipping containers as housing and today I have been taken by this piece from the Daily Mail about an innovative design using what in this country we would call a “shed” some very good ideas here that could help solve our own supply side issues for affordable housing.
The problem is though that many local councils who provide building approvals want something other than functionality and affordable living spaces for the people they want the whole McMansion nightmare lock stock and with fries. If I ever build another house it will be something like this with even the internal walls lined with formed steel sheeting, lots of insulation, proper orientation and no need to ever paint the bloody thing…
- South Miami settles dispute over affordable housing (miamiherald.com)
- Carter: Feds need to invest in affordable housing (wkyt.com)
- What is Industrial Design? (jasmine-kent.com)