building our eco friendly home in Spain

3. Designing our Home

“The essentials for living are floor and roof. Everything else is proportion and nature. Whether the house pleases or not is inconsequential.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe After looking at loads and loads of

“The essentials for living are floor and roof. Everything else is proportion and nature. Whether the house pleases or not is inconsequential.”

– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

After looking at loads and loads of architectural designs of beautiful houses we keep coming back to these 2 houses. The simplicity of the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe as well as the Brillhart House by Jacob & Melissa Brillhart.

Combining these designs with our ideas of using containers is a pretty good match in my eyes. The simple modernist lines can be copied with 4 shipping containers and the natural wooden shutters/privacy screens can be added to the containers. For example setting four 40ft containers on some short 80cm pillars, will give us about 120 m2 (+/- 12 meters x +/- 10 meters). The idea of a little bit of height will help us in ‘wrapping’ our containers completely. This, in order to put enough insulation to keep the cold and more likely, to keep the heat out. Could we really copy these grand architectural designs with re-used materials?

On the inside our design is simple as well. About 50% is an open area for the day activities, kitchen, dining/work table and a comfy sofa to read & watch tv. The other 50% is saved for our bedrooms & bathrooms, including enough cupboard space for clothes, shoes, etc.

Next to the inside space we want quite a bit of outside space with a swimming pool and entertainment areas. Oh and of course some fruit trees and some raised beds for our ecological produce.

Big dreams and a small budget. However, we really do have a healthy drive and a strong believe we can make this happen.

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