Eco Houses by dwelle
I am what you would call an urban dweller. My home is in the inner city, literally within two kilometres of the city centre. It's hard to find an excuse not to walk or ride my bike to where I need to be – even bus rides are rare. Perhaps it's for this reason that I occasionally feel a violent urge to move to the country. Get back to nature. Escape the rat race. And if I did ever actually resolve to do this, I have the perfect home in mind.
A group of British architects have created ecologically minded 'sheds for living', which they term dwelles. These buildings are perhaps as in sync with the natural world as it's possible to be – while providing for the comforts of modern living, of course. A 'healthy home' policy prioritises natural materials, including FSC certified timber. This improves comfort and safety, and makes the dwelles kind to those with allergies. Insulation is made from recycled newspapers, and electric underfloor heating is provided with the option of a real wood fireplace. All of this is designed to run on renewable energy sources, which turns these buildings into carbon neutral havens.
Don't let me mislead you, these 'dwelle.ings' are not simply for country folk. In fact, the beauty of these designs is their adaptability. They can work as a micro home, granny flat or play room. A guest house which is no longer necessary can easily be transformed into a home office. If you know exactly what you want, there are a variety of options to choose from, from the home sized 'big dwell.ing' to the cosy 'beach dwelle.ing'. And should you have any requirements of your own, these architects can also oblige you by designing an alternative to suit. In short, as long as you have the space to fit one, a dwelle.ing is a dream solution.