HOMES OF THE FUTURE
your own home could be a dream come true. Inside Out looks at self
build schemes and the growth of eco friendly houses.
Out has been following the story of one of the West's most unusual
dozen eco-friendly homes are being built by a group of green idealists
take a look at eco-houses and check out what the home of the future
could look like.
at a typical English housing estate and you'll notice that all the
homes look the same.
the eco-house of the future|
idea of the house has become so standardised that we hardly ever
question how uniform our homes are.
there are great opportunities to create the house of the future,
and to reinvent the home.
are energy and resource efficient, and they boast inventive designs.
sustainablilty is very much the buzzword.
are designed to be high quality, visually attractive environments
incorporating advanced sustainable architecture and technology.
your own eco-home
where do you start if you want to get involved in building your
Dunlop gets eco-friendly|
you could join a group of fellow eco-builders.
You'll need to find a plot of land and ensure that you're not going
to upset the local planning authority or your new neighbours.
There's a wealth of advice for first-time self-builders on the internet.
your research and learn from other people's experiences.
Think about the design of your new home, and build in sustainable
and energy efficient features.
build in Bristol|
sure that the design fits in with its surroundings.
your costs in full including building materials and labour.
about money. Prepare to negotiate loans, insurance cover and mortgages.
out how you intend to manage the self-build scheme. You could go
for 'safety in numbers' by joining a group scheme.
what will the home of the future look like? Will it be more or less
'smart' home will be fitted with dozens of labour saving gadgets.
Biosphere in Arizona takes the future home to new heights|
be able answer the door, run a bath, draw the curtains and switch
on the oven without leaving the sofa - with the help of a specially
designed computer pad.
our homes look like in the year 2050, the chances are that we'll
be more aware of eco-issues.
is already on the horizon.
the United States, Arizona's Biosphere and Arcosanti are two experimental
communities of the future.
both promote sustainable lifestyles.
knows, perhaps all of us will soon be exchanging our dull, uniform
homes in the West Country to live in the eco-communities of the