What is slow home design? Basically, it is the principle of slowing down to design homes and spaces that are sustainable, practical and functional.
The slow home movement is a response to the poor design practices that pervade the mass housing industry. Slow Home Studio, founded by principals John Brown and Matthew North in Calgary, Alberta, strives for a more “considered, calm and intuitive” approach to residential design.
The concept is to use well-considered design principles to create smaller homes that will be both environmentally sustainable and literally so, in the sense of being built to endure. The practice also includes remodels of existing, appropriately sized older homes that need updating.
Brown says in an interview with The Chicago Tribune that a slow home is:
North, in an interview with The Calgary Herald says:
"I think the boom of the big-house era is coming to an end. So those houses will be less desirable and valuable as time goes on," North says . . . Expect a shift to smaller, more energy-efficient homes, North says, and a move away from homes on the fringes of cities. A decade ago, a 5,000-sq.-ft. home sounded like a dream to some. These days, that much square footage "sounds like a noose around your neck. There's uncertainty about the energy cost to heat your house."
Slow Home Studio offers "12 Steps to a Slow Home.", very interesting how-to to get started on your own home. And they offer weekend in-studio courses on slow home design, which I am excited to be participating in this Fall.
I'm a big fan of the slow home movement, especially since my focus is on redesign instead of consuming new. What do you think of slow home design? What is your take on the concept and how do you incorporate it into your home?