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How to design a two bedroom apartment/house?

Guide to designing a 2 bed apartment/house?

Designing a 2-bed apartment/house is not rocket science. It involves a sense of understanding of the spaces within a household with 2 bedrooms. It is important take into account the number of people that will be using the apartment/house and most importantly the minimum sizes of the rooms to ensure that people are able to live in comfortable.

It is a simple three step procedure:

Step One:

Conducting live casestudies and doing a literature casestudy.

Live casestudy – it is important to visit various 2 bed properties to get an idea of the number of rooms, sizes of rooms and number of people using that apartment.

Following aspects have to be studied whilst conducting a case study:

  • study the circulation,
  • the requirements,
  • calculate the number of people it caters to;
  • calculate the areas of individual spaces such as bedroom, bathroom, Hall, Dining, Kitchen, Utility etc.

Also, the study of connectivity of the spaces is very important and has to be done in order to get the functional aspect of the design right.

Literature casestudies – you will find numerous floor plans on the internet posted by people from all over the world. Whilst you do not want to copy them, going through different floor plans would give you an idea of the variety that can be created.

Step two:

Listing the requirements:

  1. Entrance Foyer
  2. Living room
  3. Kitchen/dining room
  4. Master Bedroom (with an attached bathroom)
  5. Second bedroom
  6. Common toilet
  7. Store/utility room
  8. Patio
  9. Garden


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How to design a 1 bedroom apartment/house ?

Guide to designing a 1 bed house/apartment

Designing a 1 bed apartment is a three step procedure:

Step 1:

Conducting a case study

It is always best to go through a few existing one bed apartments in your neighbourhood or on the internet before you begin to design your first very own one bed apartment/house. That will give you an idea of what kind of arrangement can be expected when we are looking at designing a 1 bed apartment. First of all, we will need to figure what would be the minimum and maximum requirements for designing the apartment/house.

One bed houses are generally designed to create a granny annexe. The reason being the planning in the UK limits the size of the house when it is intended to be provided for a relative and is therefore designed to remain as ancillary to the main dwellinghouse.

Step 2:

Listing the requirement

  1. One bedroom
  2. Lounge/Dining
  3. Kitchen
  4. Bathroom

These are the most basic requirements. You can however create a more lavish version of one bed apartments/houses, improve the bathroom with a Bathtub Refinishing Pro and use a custom fitted wardrobe to give it a special touch and so on.

Other additional requirements could include:

  1. Entrance foyer – to keep your shoes when you enter the house
  2. Utilities area/store room


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Low Carbon House Design Methodology | Part 2

Stepwise procedure for designing the low carbon house

Step One

Identifying nationally recognized methods for assessing the environmental performance of new buildings in the UK with the article to click here.

Most widely used methods include Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) 2006 and British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). Other methods include Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) Silver and Gold and PassivHaus.

Policies for Sustainable Development in Brighton and Hove

The City Plan Policy CP8 for Sustainable Buildings supported by Supplementary Planning Documents, SPD 08 – Sustainable Building Design is expected to deliver viable development that considers community aspirations, environmentally sensitive, high quality, adequate infrastructure and helps in mitigating the impacts of climate change by gradually transitioning towards achieving a low carbon economy (NPPF, 2012).

National Planning Policy Framework, 2012 expects the local plan policy to play an active role in guiding the development that is viable and sustainable. The real estate for sale of One Planet approach have been adopted by the Brighton & Hove City Council which aims at radical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption before the construction and after it is built. Mitigating the impacts of climate change is an important aspect of delivering Sustainable development (Low Carbon Construction, 2010).

Her Majesty’s Government proposed Climate Change Act in 2008 which was the world’s first long-term legally binding framework to tackle the dangers of climate change. It include a statutory commitment to reducing the carbon dioxide emissions by 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

Step two

One Planet living principles

It provides a framework that helps us examine and evaluate the sustainability challenges that we face and develop action plans in order to create a sustainable and healthy environment.

Sustainable design principles

One Planet Living. Source: bioregional.co.uk

The ten principles are as follows:

  • Zero Carbon
  • Zero waste
  • Sustainable transport
  • Sustainable materials
  • Local and sustainable food
  • Sustainable water
  • Land use and wildlife
  • Culture and community
  • Equity and local economy
  • Health and happiness


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Guide to designing a Low Carbon House | Introduction | Part 1

Intention of the design guide 

The aim of the design guide is to review and recommend low energy specifications for a building called ‘Waste house’ at Grand Parade campus in the University of Brighton. It focuses on addressing the benefits of sustainable buildings by designing it to achieve energy efficiency, economic viability which includes looking at reduced operating costs, reducing waste, reducing liability, enhancing productivity and learning; social costs and environment.
It is important to educate people young and old regarding the contemporary, challenging and the new real world problems. My intention is to demonstrate that achieving low carbon design is a possibility and as Architects and Sustainability experts, giving low carbon design a serious thought should indeed be our goal! Try to visit Muebles Escandinavos.

The project also aims to contribute towards developing integrated solutions to sustainable construction in Livingston, by using low carbon construction materials and energy efficient technologies, including the use of Debar Hardware as well just because this project is different from many others and it is essential that you try to use the best tools as possible so that the final result comes just the way you wanted it and keep them in a safe place, so they keep working perfectly for a long time, maybe store them in a chest you can get here at DIY Tool Chests.

Waste house | Brighton

Waste house | Brighton

Why is low carbon design important?

Sustainable development has suffered from an image problem. People have always seen sustainable development as a restraint to development per se. Sandy Halliday in 2008 argued that to achieve sustainable development, it is important to prevent inappropriate development. Human activities have resulted in the creation of air, land and water pollution which has resulted in undermining the security, health and quality of life we seek to protect. The realization that we are confronted by major global problems of climate change, ozone depletion, over-fishing, soil erosion, noise, resource distribution, chemical and electromagnetic pollution, deforestation, desertification, species loss and congestion.


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