The 20/20 House Part 15 – Other Little Challenges

The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream from an energy efficient home into a reality.     Other Little Challenges   It has almost been 3 months since I last posted an update on our own passive house and lots of people have been asking me what’s going...

The 20/20 House part 14 – Landscape Design

The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream from an energy efficient home into a reality.     When designing and building your home the landscape design and the garden is often the last thing on the list and more often than not there isn’t much money...

The 20/20 House Part 13 – Designing the Kitchen

The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream from an energy efficient home into a reality.   In the last blog I wrote about the catch up I had with our builder and how it got us thinking. Originally, I was always imagining a home with a nice polished...

The 20/20 House Part 12 – Getting The Design Right

The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream from an energy efficient home into a reality.   Over the last couple of months, we kept fine-tuning the design for our own house. Typically, all my ‘actual’ projects are a priority, so I only ever work on the...

The 20/20 House Part 11 – Locating Services

The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream from an energy efficient home into a reality.     In November I spent 2 weeks doing some further professional development and did the PassivHaus/ Passive House Designer course. Although a lot of the principles...

The 20/20 House: Cost Saving Ideas – Windows

The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream from an energy efficient home into a reality.     Windows are essential for a house and the comfort and well-being of its habitants, as they let natural light and fresh air into the building and enable views....