Natural Health

Healthy living, herbal remedies and DIY natural beauty.

Add to My MSN

Slow Homes: 10 Steps to Long-Term Satisfaction

4/1/2011 1:43:34 PM

Tags: Slow Design, Slow Home, Slow Home Studio, Slow movement, John Brown, Matthew North, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailAs our world—and our expectations—of everything from food to functionality have grown exponentially faster, many of us crave a slower pace. Carlo Petrini, who saw this coming, founded Slow Food in 1986 to re-introduce people to food’s pleasure and fight the corporate banality that was destroying the culinary experience. In the past decade, Slow Food has spawned a Slow movement that includes Slow Cities, promoting local identity and community, and Slow Planet, fighting the need for always being in a hurry. Slow Design, founded in 2006 by Carolyn F. Strauss and Alastair Fuad-Luke, aims to slow down the metabolism of people, resources and flows. “Housing is informed by and designed within a vision driven by short-term economic goals,” Fuad-Luke writes. “The offspring of this design paradigm are billions of products and buildings, most destined to lead very short lives in order to stimulate (replacement) production. This roller coaster of production is partly driven by an unswerving belief in economic growth as a given cultural good.”

At Slow Home Studio, Canadians John Brown and Matthew North are putting this philosophy to work, providing an educational resource for people who want to live a more sustainable, higher quality—slower—domestic life. Brown and North want people to live in homes designed for long-term satisfaction rather than quick sale; they believe home should be “a place where we can be ourselves.” Slow Home Studios’ 10 steps to a slow home is a great place to begin this journey.  

1. Location  

A Slow Home is located in a walkable neighborhood that minimizes your use of a car.

 2. Orientation 

A Slow Home is correctly oriented to the sun and properly related to its surroundings.

 3. Organization 

A Slow Home is modestly sized and has good flow between spaces with a strong connection to the outdoors.

 4. Entry 

The front and back entries in a Slow Home are spaces, not just doors.

 5. Living 

All indoor and outdoor living spaces in a Slow Home have good daylight and are easy to furnish. 

 6. Kitchen  

A Slow Home has a compact kitchen with an efficient layout, good work surfaces, and sufficient storage.

7. Dining 

A Slow Home has a well-defined dining area that properly fits a table suitable for daily use.

8. Bedrooms 

All bedrooms in a Slow Home have good daylight, sufficient storage, and can logically fit a bed.

9. Bathrooms 

A Slow Home has an appropriate number of well organized and modestly sized bathrooms.

 10. Services 

The service spaces in a Slow Home are unobtrusive and highly functional.

baker porch 

Like this hand-built home in Alabama, Slow Homes offer ample opportunity for just sitting. Photo by Michael Shopenn



Related Content

USA Today’s Top Green Homes: Efficient, Affordable and Beautiful

As Passive House Institute standards up the ante, USA Today’s “Best Green Homes of 2010” list reflec...

It's a Perfect Day to Make Sacred Seed Bread

Sacred Seed Bread delivers the healing power of medicinal seeds in a delicious, homemade loaf.

HOMEGROWN Life: The Return of Christmas Spirit

HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Pennsylvania homesteading mama Michelle reflects on how she lost the Chri...

Slow Consumption and Heirloom Design: I Want to Be a Slow Shopper

Americans are tired of cheap, built-to-fail products made overseas. We want products we can pass dow...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 

Sean(Builder Huddersfield)
4/20/2011 7:19:18 PM
These 10 steps are the truth. This is a great list.










Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.