We don’t want you to be caught out in another lockdown without everything you need to do any activity you choose at home, be it adapting a work-from-home space to growing and maintaining your own urban garden.

Making our homes self-sufficient will not only make it easier to perform certain tasks, but also to live in a more sustainable way and in harmony with our surroundings.

 

Living in small spaces in a big way

Just because you have a small house doesn’t mean you can’t do any activity you want in your own home.  Rocío Pina and Carmelo Rodríguez, the architects behind Enorme Studio, have always championed the idea of the domestic environment as a space for exploration and experimentation. “Take our kitchens, for example.  They are looking more and more like laboratories because they can become the centre of the home as a result of an open plan kitchen-living room,” they explain.

With this new way of thinking in mind, dare to give your surroundings new life and stop thinking about rooms as having single, inflexible purposes.  Do you need inspiration before you get to work?  Take a look at our selection of suggestions from interior designers.

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“Esa disminución del porcentaje entre el espacio que ocupan los objetos domésticos en relación a la superficie de las viviendas en espacios menores tiene que ver con la existencia de una serie de objetos esenciales, sin los cuales parece imposible desarrollar un estilo de vida contemporáneo. En China, a partir de los años cincuenta, denominaron a estos imprescindibles como sì dà jiàn, cuya traducción significa, literalmente, las cuatro grandes cosas, que reflejaba los cuatro objetos esenciales en un momento temporal determinado. Esa lista fue cambiando en su período de influencia entre los años cincuenta y setenta, siendo los cuatro primeros objetos esenciales de 1950 una máquina de coser, una bicicleta, un reloj de pulsera y una radio, transformándose esa lista con el paso de los años al incluir objetos como el coche, la televisión, las computadoras o los celulares. Parece casi imposible elaborar una lista de esenciales domésticos. Sin embargo, a través de ejercicios radicales, podemos comprender y evidenciar esas necesidades espaciales de los objetos utilitarios prioritarios en nuestras viviendas.” https://www.arquine.com/todo-lo-que-tengo-sobre-la-importancia-de-los-objetos-en-el-espacio-domestico/ Texto sobre objetos y espacio doméstico que escribió @carmelo_rc para @_arquine #eiphouse #livingbig #habitatflexibles #domestico #espaciosomestico #design #designlovers #designporn #enormestudio

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Hack your furniture

Even if you’re not a very handy person, there’s no need to worry.  You can find tutorials and guides on the internet so that you can “hack” your furniture.  These are design resources suitable for all types of abilities and budgets.  One of the biggest furniture hacking communities is IKEA Hackers, where every day you can find new tips for combining and rethinking the brand’s products.

This DIY adventure has already transcended the walls of our homes and reached the architecture world through the work of big names like Izaskun Chinchilla.  She has applied the “hacking” concept to furniture in this coworking space with the idea of making it more versatile.

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UTOPIC_US CONDE DE CASAL According to many studies, the co-working phenomenon is intrinsically associated with urban lifestyle. The density and diversity of people and opportunities that big metropolises produce, encourages the creation of places where the fundamental purpose is sharing creativity. It seemed natural for us that our spaces were inspired by great cities to pay tribute to the origin of this philosophy. @utopic_us is a young and creative company, one could even say it is a little bit carefree, and the idea was to mix inspirations and memories of two cities, with the soul of the firm. At the same time Izaskun Chinchilla Architects looks to strengthen the link between design and user by means of interactivity and surprise. Conde de Casal is the first space we opened following this philosophy, and the reason why we appeal to two classics: New York and Tokyo. Two cities everyone wants to visit, where anyone wants to go back to, no matter how many times you’ve been, and two cities whose landmarks are recognized all around the globe. They are places that take part of the universal imagination. New York is still the emblem of an opened city where people go to invent and succeed. Whereas on the other hand Tokyo remains as the symbol of a symbiosis between the latest technology and ancestral culture. This is how UTOPIC_US Conde de Casal is: open, filled with opportunities for those who imagine a different world. While there’s still space for having tea and read the papers with a cozy blanket. This is also where our current office is, so one can say we live our own philosophy and share our creativity while learning from our co-workers. Images by @imagensubliminal @utopic_us #archdaily #dezeen #coworking #architecture #arquitectura #utopic

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Fix it yourself

Blender broken? Computer stopped working? The solution to these problems can be found in your own home thanks to instructional manuals and tutorials made by fixers.

The fixer movement helps us forget about planned obsolescence by finding solutions to problems for almost any object.  Some of these do need a lot of patience and require you to buy specific materials, but it is always cheaper, more sustainable, and more satisfying when you’re able to fix something yourself.

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Stay at home, fix at home 🔧⁠ ⁠ Feeling lonely, bored, or downright discouraged about being stuck inside? Us too—and we're attempting to fix the isolation blues by repairing, making, or building something, and encouraging others to do the same, together with Sugru, Fairphone, and more friends from across the globe.⁠ ⁠ Join our fix at home challenge by sharing your repair story on social media with the hashtag #FixAtHome. This isn't a contest, but we'll be perusing Twitter and Instagram daily to offer support and share your projects. ⁠ ⁠ Go to the link in the bio for some ideas to get you started. We’re in this boat together. Let’s make/create/fix the best out of it. 💪⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #stayathome #repair #diy #zerowaste #fixityourself #fixer #repairnation #tinker #tinkering #DIYrepair #fixmore #maker #diy #makerspirit

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Recycled furniture

Can you imagine what a kitchen made of plastic bottles would look like?  Another key element fo self-sufficiency in the home is making sure that everything we use comes from materials that are recycled and that don’t harm the environment.  Recycled furniture, even pieces made from used products that would have potentially been harmful to the environment, are one option when it comes to maintaining the circular economy.

At Connections by Finsa, we try to make sure that this is affordable for everybody, so if you want more inspiration, you can follow these low-cost and sustainable decoration tips.

 

Increase your home’s self-sustainability

When it comes to reducing our energy consumption, the first thing we recommend is living in a home that follows the Passivhaus standards.  If that’s not possible, there are a few key things that you can do in your own home so that it is self-sufficient according to this construction model.

Making sure that air quality is good has become one of the other main concerns of interior design. To ensure good air quality in your home, we recommend creating an urban garden, even if it’s a small one.  This will allow you to consume products with excellent traceability, as well as creating a green lung in your home.

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Os dejamos en la biografía el artículo de la Revista AD de la "Casa para Eco" #Murcia de @zinkarquitectura • Se trata del primer edificio certificado #Passivhaus en la Región de Murcia. • Año 2018 • Tipología: Vivienda unifamiliar aislada Superficie: 159 m² Tipo de construcción: Madera Demanda calefacción: 8 kWh/m²a Carga calefacción: 10 W/m² Demanda refrigeración: 16 kWh/m²a Carga refrigeración: 9 W/m² Demanda Energía Primaria: 43 kWh/m²a Test Blower Door: 0,49 h-¹ • Más info Passive House Database – ID5995 • @ad_spain @100x100madera_levante #passivhaus #passivehouse #arquitectura #architecture #design #diseño #greenbuilding #madera #timberwork #holzbau #climacálido #eficienciaenergetica #energyefficiency #netzero #casinulo #nzeb #eccn

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How many of these recommendations do you already follow? Do you think that your home could be considered self-sufficient? Tell us about it on social media and share your tips using #ConnectionsByFinsa.

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