How much space do we need? And should Councils include a minimum spacial requirements in their policies?

I am currently thinking how much space do we all need in our home? Well I suppose this is all down to our lifestyle choices and family size, among many other factors. And it’s true us Northerners expect a lot more space for our money. But are we really getting this? Is there such thing … Continue reading

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Ian Simpson Architects: Water storage tank conversion

At the beginning of my MA I started to look how unusual, disused spaces could be converted into residential properties. One of my main focuses was on underground homes and how disused reservoirs and water storage tanks could be used to create these homes, especially where there were high planning constraints. One of the examples … Continue reading

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Is the first time buyer going to save the housing market?

Mortgage review for the first time buyer: This is just another quick post which got me thinking so thought I would share. In 2008 there was a collapse in the commercial market, but this is now starting to slowly build up again. But housing has been another issues and this is mainly due to the … Continue reading

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What can you not do with a Smart Phone?

I can admit I have an Iphone and I have had this for the last 2 years and can honestly say I couldn’t live without it. I use my Iphone on a daily basis to check my emails, social network, communicate with my friends, check the weather and to even play games. But alongside the … Continue reading

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Is prefab making a comeback with Huf Haus

I have recently seen in the news an article about pre-fabricated houses. These where very common in the fifties, but I weren’t born then and neither where my parents but if you where would you look twice if you saw a prefabricated house being built? In the 1950’s prefabricated houses where very common, there was … Continue reading

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Underground Houses…

One of the other issues I started looking at in the first semester of my MA was planning applications and how these can be affected by the restrictions on Green Belt and Brown Field land. These studies led me to looking into underground houses and the question of if these aren’t restricting how the landscape looks should they … Continue reading

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200k house smaller than a snooker table….

When doing some recent research I came across a news article from the Mail Online, posted in March 2010. Living up North we already expect a lot more for our money, especially for £200,000. But this flat in London is a converted broom cupboard only measuring up at 11ft x 5.5ft, but because of its idyllic location opposite Harrods … Continue reading

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M&S end DIY hell with new ‘Fold Out’ furniture

News Article When reading the News of the World this Sunday afternoon, I came across an article about M&S introducing new ‘fold out’ furniture. This idea would see the end to the tourture and fiddly aspect of ‘flat pack’ furniture which is the trademark for IKEA. This wardrobe can be assembled from only 6 components … Continue reading

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