curving high energy costs

Curving High Energy Costs

Over the past year energy costs have soared and, unfortunately, are predicted to continue to do so. We have reached a tipping point with regard to peak global energy prices and pressure on our environment, meaning the moment to collectively slash energy consumption is now. Reducing our energy consumption is something we can all do, and now is absolutely the time to do it. Read on to discover 8 energy saving solutions you could introduce in your home to slash your consumption.

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easy home updates

3 Easy Home Updates

There are many benefits that have been proven to come as a result of switching up your home environment. If the interior of your home has remained the same for a long period, the atmosphere can begin to feel slightly stagnant and uninteresting. Taking the time to make even the smallest and inexpensive changes to your interior can make a big difference to how you experience your environment. Switching it up can give your space a new sense of life and the spring season is the perfect time to welcome this sort of change.

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Corners of the house | How to make the most of them

Every house has corners and while corners have more potential than you think, they are often underutilized. Most residents tend to either fill them with decorative items, random objects that have nowhere else to go or leave them empty and disregarded. Every corner is an opportunity to refresh the aesthetic vibe of your house by creating useful and cozy spaces for your favorite habits. Here are seven corner ideas, intented to optimize your space!

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The role of windows in our homes

Large windows are not only an aesthetic solution but also a practical solution to numerous problems that affect not only the real estate value of space itself but the inhabitants’ physical and mental well-being as well as their economy and our ecology. In this article, after exploring the benefits of windows and the natural light and fresh air they provide, we will share a few tips to optimize the use of our spaces in relation to windows.

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Working with contractors only

When exploring solutions to make your renovation project as cost-efficient as possible, you may find yourself inclined towards hiring a general contractor directly, and doing without an architect. Surely cutting the expense of an architect would significantly reduce the overall cost of the project, right? This article explores the potential risks of pursing a renovation project without the support of the complementary relationship between architects and contractors.

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trendy interior design styles

5 Trendy Interior Design Styles

An impactful way to simulate a sense of new beginning in your own life with the arrival of spring is by simply switching up the interior design style of your home environment. Interior design features such as lighting and colour have been proven to directly influence our mood and demeanour. The following 5 interior design styles are of course not an exhaustive list, but they do undoubtably make up some the trendiest design styles of the moment.

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renovation permits

Renovation permit application

There are two different approaches to gaining permit approval: a final application or a draft application, which is then followed by a final one. Which you opt for should take into account your unique circumstances as well as personal preferences and priorities. In this article we outline the process of both and highlight the main pros and cons of each. By the end of this read, you should have a better idea about which permit application is best to pursue for your project.

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high construction costs

Navigating High Construction Costs

Unfortunately, there is no avoiding the reality that construction costs are higher right now. In this article we provide a brief overview explaining why quotes being issued by construction companies in Europe are exceeding expectations. And more importantly, we will be sharing tips on how to effectively navigate your way around these issues in a way that helps to ensure your renovation stays within budget.

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minimalist vs modern design

Modern vs. Minimalist Design

Modern and minimalist are two of the most popular design styles of our current day. With regard to characteristics, they share several similarities but still remain two very distinct styles. If you considering implementing either in the interior design of your home, it is beneficial to understand their origins as well as their specific differences. Understanding exactly what makes a style helps to be able to execute as effectively as possible.

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home office solutions

Long-Term Home Office Solutions

There should be no doubt that the upcoming generation is reshaping the workforce and the pandemic appears to have only accelerated this trend towards hybrid work. If you predict that remote work will be a common feature in your working life in the future, as it will most likely be for many of us, it may be time to consider more long-term home office solutions. In this article we aim to help you decide which might be most suitable for your living situation.

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optimising bedroom space

Optimising Bedroom Space

People often shy away from the idea of combining their bedroom space with another function, but with a well-thought-out design which is suited to the nuances of your space, there is real potential to maximise even the seemingly smallest of spaces. The first part of this article features ideas about how to minimise overall clutter by optimising storage and the second part how to create an effective, multi-purpose bedroom space.

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10 great films for architecture fans

This article is a collation of 10 films recommended by AKKA Architects for their unique architectural perspective. These are not only worth watching for their immersive aesthetic value but also because of their thought-provoking social commentary. Instead of providing a synopsis of each, we have interviewed our architects and share here their insights about the significance of architecture in the films.

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How to implement colour in your home

Following on from our previous article, the way in which you incorporate the colour into your space is critical to achieving your desired atmosphere. In this article we categorise the approaches to colour implementation into three levels. How the colour would best be incorporated is determined by the nature of the existing space you have, as well as the budget available for making these changes.

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2022 colour trends

2022 Colour Trends

Uncertainty about how the pandemic will evolve in 2022 is difficult, but one thing we can be sure of is that we remain optimistic about the future. Entering a new year offers the opportunity to have a fresh start and welcome new things into our lives. Introducing a new colour scheme into your home could be a fantastic way of establishing the kind of atmosphere you would like in your life.

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festive colour schems

Discover your festive colour scheme

It is worthwhile to understand exactly what kind of environment you want to create this holiday season. Perhaps you will be hosting a party or you’re simply wanting to create a cosy atmosphere in which you and your family can spend time together. Whatever the occasion, colour schemes are important for supporting the mood and kind of activities taking place.

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Avoiding and Managing Asbestos

In order to avoid the costly complications of purchasing a home with an asbestos problem, it’s beneficial to be able to recognise the signs and ensure the necessary checks are carried out before you buy a new property. This article aims to provide the basic information you should have about asbestos in residential properties and their renovations.

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Interview: Biennale Architettura 2021

This article enquires into Anna-Marie Mašková’s personal experience of the work showcased at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021. As a young practitioner entering the field, she offers a valuable perspective on the significance of sustainable design and how it can guarantee to meet the needs of future generations.

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