The challenge for the designer today is to produce ecologically-sound buildings without compromising contemporary concepts of beauty. There are plenty of examples of excellence in sustainable design which is soundly built, well-fit for its purpose, and an aesthetic delight. Even small luxury home plans are increasingly ecology-conscious in their choice of materials for conservation of resources and self-sufficiency.
Rootedness, simplicity, coziness, tradition, home. All these words describe the fascination for European cottage home plans in this glitzy, alienated, modern age. For people who don't like the idea of living in a cold, inhuman, ranch-style box, the romance of country living in a simpler age has infinite appeal. Originally, during the Middle Ages, cottages were the typical dwellings of farm workers and their families. The word "cottage" meant the home of a cotter, or tenant farmer, who worked on a large manor for a lord. Early cottages were not just small, stand-alone houses but also complete farmhouses with a small yard and a barn for animals. Later on, during the industrial revolution (from the eighteenth century onwards), workers would be housed in miners' cottages or weavers' cottages. Cottages were often built of stone with thatched roofs.
Multimedia : With more and more of our life being lived online and many of home appliances and gadgets being developed to integrate with our home networks and smart phones carefully considering a multimedia set up is essential. It might just be incorporating wi-fi to entire house as part of the build process, installing smart TV's or other smart appliances such as a washing machine, refrigerator or oven. Additionally your alarm system can incorporated now too including video surveillance to ensure your new home is kept safe and sound.
Colourways : Deciding which colour to decorate your home in has got to be one of the biggest decisions especially as replacing items like carpet or tiles can be very expensive if you get it wrong. Most home owners still feel most comfortable with neutral tones as these are familiar and we feel safe with them, however the beiges that have dominated the home decor scene for many years to slowly being surpassed by tones of grey.