Think about your home office as a place of power; it’s where you run your personal empire, so everything about it – the colours, lighting, furniture and position – should reflect this. Feng shui is the art of arranging your environment to attract more positive energy, as well as success, into your workspace and life. Follow these feng shui principles to get started.
Louvre windows are a staple of architecture in the tropics, though often ignored in dry or cool climates. Apart from allowing air flow through 100 per cent of the opening, the ability to clean from the inside and capacity to open in gentle rain, louvre windows also offer more than your ordinary window. The other bonus; depending on the style and manufacturer, the cost of louvre windows is comparable to sashless windows, making them a worthwhile consideration for your next project.
For many of us, life is getting busier, and with that, the walls inside our homes are coming down to make room for more communal living and greater functionality. Our lounge room, for example, doesn’t just serve as a lounge room anymore – it’s often used as part office, part kids’ room, the place to entertain and also the place to try and relax.
The mid 20th century saw radical changes in planning and architecture in home design. The necessity for simple building solutions that were functional and addressed housing affordability was at the forefront of design. In the early 1950s architect Mies van der Rohe developed the Core House, which allowed interiors to be free and arranged at will around a fixed service core. It was basically a square house, surrounded by glass, with a ‘core’ in the middle containing the wet areas, such as the kitchen and bathroom. The number, size, and position of rooms could be easily changed around this core according to the circumstances. In fact, this concept was intended to be able to be adapted to different families and sites, making it perfect for prefabrication.