30 Day challenge – building houses

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September 4, 2013 at 17:53 #9263

I am currently extending my house to be bigger. My challenge will be to every day investigate an idea on how to make the house more sustainable and more energy neutral. As the budget is very limited, I hope the results will be a few implemented ideas that will make the house more eco-friendly, of higher quality and cheaper to build. I will, of course, in the process learn a lot of things “I could have done”.

The original house was built 1970 from wood. It was a traditional Swedish summer house painted with falu-red colour. Now I am doubling the size, expanding the living room, adding another bedroom and a bathroom including a waste water treatment system.

Kind regards
Håkan Karlsson

September 5, 2013 at 08:32 #9283
Heleen and Ben

Hej Håkan!

This is a real challenge and one that is closely to another project that I’m working on (Plugg-Inn Uppsala). My first reaction to the expansion is to ask yourself “Do I really need to expand?”. Doubling the house footprint requires lots of materials and energy to keep the extra space warm and cool. I’m sure this is a decision you’ve already given some serious thought about but your motivation will need to included in the assignment.

Good luck with this and come and see me if you have any questions, particularly regarding space saving. A short article that has been influential in my thinking is this: http://www.lifeedited.com/residential-behavioral-architecture-101/.


September 13, 2013 at 08:51 #9569

Hi Håkan,

I am also interesting in sustainable enviroment and will be looking forward to read moore about your project. Maybe we could even shere some thoughts with eachother, thought I am a little bit moore focused on bigger house constuctions, I do believe it would be very productive.

/Madeleine Norell

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