Robles Architects have sent us a recently completed project, the ISEAMI House in Playa Carate, Península de Osa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The house is the first stage of the ISEAMI institute (Institute of sustainability, ecology, art, mind and investigation). The house is the main area of the institute, therefore, it’s design will serve as a multifunctional place in order to host activities as Investigation, meditation, training, Yoga and joy at the terrace located in the first level. At the same time, the Institute director will habit the house on the second level. This way, possible functions are maximized on the smallest possible area. (more…)
This is a house in Obama and when I first saw the facade of this house, the first thing that came out of my mind was the Cultural Center of the Philippines building. Why? It is because of the illusion of a floating slab that is supported by columns carrying the entire slab above it. This house was constructed in Obama City in Fukui, Japan. I love open design and the use of courtyards and this house has certainly integrated it naturally even if it is located above ground.
Here is another interior design and fit-out we did somewhere in Cavite. This was done simultaneous with the another interior design and fit-out bungalow I posted couple of weeks ago. This one is a two storey house with 60 square meters.
It has a open plan for living dining and kitchen area. It is a small area actually with no room for an entertainment area. We wanted an L-shape sofa and that made it difficult to decide where to put the tv. If we provide a wall the area would now look cluttered and small. So what we did was put a vertical lattice between the living and dining area and hang the tv on it. The output was an still open and clean division between the areas. (more…)
Part 2 of the KEEPING YOUR HOME HEALTHY – PART 1. How do you keep your home healthy? They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While illness at home is inevitable, prevention is still best. Here are some tips to keep your home healthy
Ventilation Proclamation – Fresh air impoverishes the doctor. Studies show that increasing fresh air supply in a home improves the respiratory health of its residents. When it comes to the health and being of a home and its owners, windows and doors can play a major role. Hey, they do not call it fresh air for nothing. If weather permits, windows should be opened for at least 30 minutes a day. However, opening access to the outdoors calls for screens that keep out debris and insects. Choosing the right windows and doors and using them properly contributes to a home’s indoor environment. Good home designs provide necessary elements such as fresh air and natural light, and ensure that indoor environment work as effectively as possible. (more…)
How do you keep your home healthy? They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While illness at home is inevitable, prevention is still best. Here are some tips to keep your home healthy.
Try Dry – A dry home prevents the growth of molds that in turn can trigger asthma attacks and other allergic reactions in the residents. Water and moisture also attracts cockroaches, rodents, and results in dust mites — again increasing the risk of asthma attacks. Preventing moisture is a key step towards health. You first line of defense should be your windows and doors. Prevent water from entering your home by making sure that windows and doors are installed correctly and sealed tightly. Using exhaust fans, opening windows, and doors frequently to enhance airflow and having proper roof ventilation are also important steps in moisture control. (more…)