The Kitchen

Kitchen design blog authored by Susan Serra, CKD, certified kitchen designer providing insight and information on kitchen design style, function, products, appliances and more.

A blog about kitchen tips, ideas, trends, products, design

A visit I made to one of the premiere design exhibitions in the U.S., KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) is an important venue at which to see major kitchen design elements (besides kitchen cabinetry and appliances) such as flooring. Its a great opportunity to experience complete looks and analyze kitchen design trends. Looking downward was very interesting and fun!

lights and darks used together was a major flooring trend

Gray flooring for 2018 remains a strong trend. And, it has pleasant tones!Grays with blue shades, lots of warm, muddy tones, even with barely perceptible touches of green in wood and ceramic flooring are prevalent.

Its interesting how gray flooring can look earthy. Maybe its a concrete, textured connotation that comes across in some flooring. When gray and brown are mixed in wood flooring, its an aged look, one that has an authentic element.

The lighter shades of gray flooring feature a stylish look. Light gray floors also reflect a sort of soft Scandi and more modern style and you always experience an enhanced feeling of spaciousness with light colors. My own wood floors are painted white in my living room and I love the contrast of lights and darks in the room.

Medium tone gray ceramic tile appear soft and always hide a multitude of problems, spills and other unfortunate mishaps! Not too light, not too dark, the middle tones of any color is always the way to go to put off cleaning for another day or three.

Grays can be SO stylish! When you talk about a designer look, gray floors are a key piece to a room that appears different, unique and definitely has a cool factor. Gray as a foundation for a rooms color palette allows one to use warm colors to exploit a warm/cool contrast theme, and, of course, its a neutral that works with every color for maximum design flexibility.

soft, authentic, easy to coordinate with any color

These images reflect the latest trends in gray flooring for 2018. Dont forget, the kitchen floor is a critically important design element. You can select flooring first to drive all other colors and finishes or coordinate the color after you have chosen cabinet finishes but always consider surrounding rooms. One word of caution – gray has been a hot neutral for a few years and there is no telling how long the gray train will continue. If you love gray, my advice is to look for a flooring material that has some authenticity to it in texture and color. Best to have materials be trend-invisible!

The microwave, trust me as a kitchen design professional for many years, is an appliance that is very tricky to place in the kitchen. One of the pros of the microwave as opposed to other appliances is that there are quite a wide range of sizes available to either build it into cabinetry or, in the case of the countertop model, simply put it on a shelf. You also want to try to place it near the refrigerator since you commonly take something out of the refrigerator and pop it into the microwave.

The cons begin with microwaves needing extra depth to install, making it difficult to position it above countertop height where it is most easily accessible. Some microwaves have trim kits that allow them to be built into cabinetry and many do not. It takes SO much space to just place it on a countertop and is not the best look.

The over-the-range microwave serves a purpose, yes, but the cons overwhelm the single pro of it being off the countertop. Ineffective venting and awkward and dangerous access (imagine foods cooking in pots below) make this installation a worst case scenario, sorry to say.

Sometimes a microwave on a shelf just works.It can be designed to hide in plain sight!

Its the shelf. Sometimes, simply putting a microwave on a shelf just works. You have to first check the depth of both the shelf and the microwave to verify it will fit. In the case of the image above, the shelves are 14 in depth and the microwave is 12 deep. The outlet is recessed into the wall so that the microwave fits.

This is actually a microwave that Ive been using on my projects for well over 20 years and its still as popular as ever!Its theGE Profile Countertop microwaveand its in a stylish, nearly invisible Slate color but it comes in a range of colors.

Hang it from underneath a wall cabinet or place it on a shelf between standard wall cabinets and it will be close in depth to surrounding cabinetry. Thats the beauty of this appliance. It even has a turntable and all the most important functions a microwave needs. I just love this stylish, functional, convenient microwave. It works!

The days are getting shorter, and so quickly. The early mornings in the kitchen are dark and late afternoons are feeling more like early evening – which makes me think of, but mostly not take for granted, the value of natural daylight. How can we change things in the kitchen to compensate for this loss for the next 5 or 6 months? I have a few tricks up my sleeve to share.

Windows are a direct connection to spiritual well-being. The bigger, the better.

Remove them entirely to allow more natural light into the kitchen. Even a few inches of a valance extending into the window will have a noticeable difference. Add white sheers if fabric is desired. The absence of a patterned, textured or brightly colored fabric will immediately add a clean, spacious look and will reflect more light into the kitchen.

The change of seasons is always a good time to reassess what is clutter and what is needed, especially on the countertops, but also on open shelving around the kitchen. Heres my best tip: look at only one small section at a time, slowly – to clearly see items that can be moved elsewhere, out of view.

Do you have a collection of decorative objects in the kitchen? Remove them all from the kitchen! If any objects go back, put them back slowly, one at a time and be aware of the reclaimed negative space, which can also be beautiful, where a number of objects once were.

Light colors enhance a feeling of spaciousness in a room that has lots of visually heavy design elements.

Contrary to what you often see and are told to do in spring and summer design magazines, I propose that its a better idea to incorporate light colored accessories, dinnerware, serveware, placements, even rugs (of which we have wonderful ones atScandinavian Made)into the kitchen in the dark months. Finding the light by using light colors and whites will collectively add more light into the kitchen and will lift your spirits, guar-on-teed! Adding some bright colors can help lift the mood for sure. Think spring and summer style – really!

While its not so easy to add light fixtures into the kitchen for seasonal reasons, make sure that adequate natural and artificial lighting is seriously considered in the kitchen planning stage.

Think light in all its different manifestations within the kitchen as the days become darker and the opposite will occur – there will be light!

TheTownsendfaucet – American Standards newest faucet, arrived at my home, compliments of the aforementioned brand. I thought it would be interesting to play with it, solely my own inspiration, to see how this faucet can hold up to some of my creative impulses.

Scandi Asymmetrical Inspiration below:

Nature, Texture, Eclectic Inspiration below

Close Up of Form and Function Below/Minimalist Look With Texture:

This what I found right away and what I find most exciting about this Townsend collection – the ability to change the look,in this case of the powder room, allows you to let your creativity loose, to not be bound by one look for all time but rather, to change it at a whim. Change is good!

This faucet in the images is satin nickel. It also comes polished chrome, polished nickel and legacy bronze. Fun fact: The design of the Townsend faucet was inspired by the Manhattan Bridge, thus, its energy and visual strength. The operation of the handles? Like butter. It also comes with a high arc spout.

The Townsend Faucet, approved by Designhounds everywhere, speaks in multiple languages. Is it modern? Traditional? Minimalist? Transitional? Sculptural? Its all that and a bag of chips.To create an eclectic look with disparate design elements and,since I NEED to change my surroundings on a regular basis, I look forward to expressing my creativity, really, whenever the mood strikes.

A little over a year ago my husband and I bought a house which was love at first sight. The kitchen? Hate at first sight. This past year we remodeled the kitchen and this is the first of many installments about this kitchen renovation. But first, a brief (not really) back story about how my husband and I ended up buying a house with a closed off kitchen when Ive been designing and espousing open plan kitchens since, um, the late 80s AND have never owned a home without an open plan!

The kitchen plan for a fully open floorplan was finished…and then we found our dream home!

We werent planning on moving in 2014. Until we were. We significantly downsized from one home to another, 2 towns away, in 2008. By 2014, there were multiple upgrades and repairs that were needed and wanted, which all together, would be a serious investment. Trades were called to get estimates and then final selections; I redesigned the 25 year old kitchen and I was ready to select and order materials. Next step was to sign contracts for some of the work. We were nearly underway.

During this planning time and before investing in these projects, we thought it would be smart to see what was out there in our local housing market. Once we put those funds into the remodeling project, that home would surely be our home forever. One part of me was very satisfied with the remodeling plans, but there was another part of me that nudged me to take steps to make sure I was emotionally on board with the prospect of owning this house for the long term. I checked the real estate listings daily while I was in the planning process and occasionally went to open houses.

When Steve, my husband, walked into the kitchen one day in September, 2014, I looked up from the local real estate listing site that was open on my laptop and quietly said, This house just came on the market today and I think I found our dream home. We jumped in the car and did a drive-by.

If you look closely, you can see how the cabinetry was cut short above the 8 step. This was built up for sound purposes because the previous owners mother had her bedroom just below this dining area.

The house had features that were theexact oppositeof what we wanted. Two sets of stairs connect 3 levels, and each level would be lived in for hours every day. I hate stairs. I was happy to say goodbye to the stairs in our colonial style house when we moved from that house to another in 2008. Ugh.

The kitchen in this dream home I found was cheap, handmade (thrown together),old, and had an 8 step up to the dining area in the middle of it. It was also virtually CLOSED OFF with 3 small passageway openings – I have always disliked a closed off kitchen. Plus, it was smallish at 235 square feet. The room (a nice size room with lots of potential) behind the kitchen had virtually no heat and was closed off from the kitchen by two 12 doors to form a a tiny opening of 24.

But, there were expansive views of the long inlet to the harbor at one end and to LI Sound at the other end. That was it for us, end of story! NOTHING else mattered. Except that the house was in our budget and we felt it was a very fair price. And it looked to be in good condition which an engineer confirmed.

At 60 years old, and before finding this house, I looked in the surrounding area for something practical. I didnt want stairs, which I had NO patience for in a previous house we owned. Plus, the whole aging in place thing had to be considered, right? Also, our current driveway was very steep and treacherous in the cold Long Island winters. Were not getting any younger so it was wise to make convenience and access the driving factors for the purchase of our next, possibly last, home. And we looked for those features.

The day after the house with the views went on the market, we did a walk through with our realtor and while still in the house, we said, Screw it. Lets make an offer. Were not dead yet and it will do us good to move up and down the stairs. We also talked about putting in a heated driveway one day, an elevator and even moving to the lower level when were REALLY ancient and having one of our kids families move in the 2 floors above us. There was viable old age living potential in this house.

What we ended up moving to was essentially a 3 floor house with the main floor in the middle, bedrooms on the 3rd floor and the basement (at ground level with front door, large windows, 2 car garage) which served as my office and climate controlled room for myScandinavian rug collection. Because only the back of the house was underground, the lowest level was very conducive to every day living.

So, long story short – two staircases utilized multiple times every day, another steep driveway,a larger house then the one we had downsized to only 8 years which will need more maintenance, a new home to make changes to which reflected our tastes and – a kitchen I hated. Oh, and killer views!

Next Chapter: Coming To Terms With A Closed Off Kitchen 🙁

My kitchen renovation is in full swing and what a journey its been up to this point – one that I will be sharing in the weeks and months ahead and there is so much to share! Im fortunate to have a partner in the development of my kitchen renovation and that partner isCabico Custom Cabinetry, which is sponsoring my kitchen cabinetry.

The kitchen is that place where all five senses reside which manifests itself in your thoughts and feelings as the kitchen is used in so many different ways. Its a place that is more than just a design – its an emotional environment in so many ways, dont you think?

When youre a design professional as I have been for 25 years, you are your own client, and you have catalogs, resources, design ideas and your personal lifestyle needs all swimming in your head AND youre designing the kitchen for your forever home, thats pressure!!

I know the Cabico brand from the beginning of my career as a certified kitchen designer. At that time, and still today, Canadian cabinetry was known in the industry for its innovation in design and very much so for precision engineering. In fact, Canadian cabinetry was thought to be on par with European cabinetrys cutting edge manufacturing – or maybe it was vice versa, European manufacturing being on par with Canadian! The point is, I have known and respected Cabico Custom Cabinetry for many, many years and am thrilled to be installing a Cabico kitchen in my home soon. More about Cabico in another post.

Im going about this a little backwards, but rather than show you today the colors that I considered, any of which Id be happy to use and which I will soon show you, I want to show you the color I finally chose (after much back and forth). I want you to see it in context with other shades of whites and grays.

The color is Nantucket Gray. BUT, its not just any gray. And this is not a gray to think of as a trend color. In fact, it barely looks gray! Its a highly nuanced, extremely flexible color that I know will stand the test of time. Its a bit warm, a bit white, a bit gray and a very elegant color.

All throughout this post are images of this Nantucket Gray door (my door will be a flat/slab door). Look at the door next to other colors and materials.

In some images, the door looks white, and it could look white-ish if you wanted it to. In my kitchen, which Ill later explain, I dont expect it to look white, or gray. I expect it to react to natural and unnatural lighting; be influenced by surrounding color and design elements for a look that changes, really, by the hour.

I also expect this color to be affected by the parade ofScandinavian Maderugs that I intend to use in the kitchen and change as the mood strikes. I love change and I look forward to seeing how Nantucket Gray changes in color and spirit with all these design and natural design elements working together. Thats the thing to think about when designing a kitchen – you want to have a global vision of how light and design work together. This color, I know, will delight for many reasons. In truth of course, any color and finish is affected by light. But, its good to keep that top of mind from the start.

And so begins the story of my kitchen renovation, and trust me, there are stories!! I want to hear your stories about how your kitchen changes with light and how you experience it AND how the color of your cabinetry reacts. Wait till you see the other colors I considered! I could have been blindfolded and picked any of them and be thrilled!

The Traditional Home Hamptons Designer Showhouse was a showstopper this summer and of course, I spent quality time in the kitchen. The kitchen cabinets were already a fixture in the showhouse, butMarlaina Teich, interior designer, employed her vision to transform a room with only cabinets in it into a stylish space with a coastal flair – a look that the Hamptons OWNS!

Traditional Home Hamptons Showhouse Kitchen 2015 with images by Susan Serra, CKD and features the complete kitchen decoration by Marlaina Teich with a beautiful handmade Swedish runner fromScandinavian Made.

Hamptons kitchens are most frequently classic white kitchens. The addition of blue in different hues with chartreuse as an accent, to my eye, adds a feeling of blue skies, blue waters and sunny accents. After all, when youre in your beach house in the Hamptons, dont you want to feel cheerful rather than all somber and serious?

And dont forget the handmade Swedish runner fromScandinavian Made! True blue!

I visited rural Maine last fall, at the invitation of the folks atThos. Moserto experience the entirety of the Thos. Moser brand, from design to the crafting process in the factory to viewing the pieces in their beautiful showroom. The newCumberlandcollection brings this experience full circle to me.

During the year following that visit, every time I thought of the experience of those few days spent in Maine, which was week after week, I was overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed by the people, the processes and the incredible detail of their work along with their dedication and the brand philosophy. I took 636 images. I couldnt stop taking pictures of my experiences while there.

But, one thing that I didnt expect to feel was a sort of emotional crossroads, an unexpected intersection between my personal Scandinavian heritage and my American roots. The two parts of me collided in a very surprising yet natural way as I became intimately acquainted with theThos. Moserfurniture.

Those of you who know me know that I identify very strongly with Scandinavian design. Its a design aesthetic that I grew up with and which, in later years, feel comfortable with in all its many iterations. Yet, Im first a proud American and I am equally comfortable with and enjoy good American design.

Image by Thomas Moser The Thos. Moserbrand, to my eye as well as to my heart and soul, features a stunningly original representation of a mid century design aesthetic with a wholly American point of view – for me, and I know, for many others – the best of both worlds. Its uniquely American and American design at its best in terms of craftsmanship, simplicity as art and function and allowing the lines to speak for themselves in the most organic way.

I thought of Thos. Moserwhen I went to Denmark this past summer. Seeking out the furniture stores which sell authentic midcentury Danish furniture, it is always wonderful to see these historic pieces in their original finishes and materials. I thought how much English and French furniture styles saturate the American market. I thought how Thos. Moser focuses instead on design restraint – pure form and function – with the less is more philosophy of the Scandinavians.

That is the most difficult design objective of all – the use of restraint rather than the addition of ornamentation and detail to fill in perceived gaps. There are few American furniture manufacturers whose design directors appreciate the importance of design restraint, the beauty that comes from this philosophy and how pure function translates into beauty.

And NOW, again, fresh from my trip to Denmark, Thos. Moser has introduced a new collection,Cumberland, designed by Adam Rogers, Director of Design, inspired by Danish design. It is simply breathtaking. It is fresh and original. It is art and emotion. The finger joint detail in this furniture collection exemplifies the Scandinavian design aesthetic as function is on equal footing with form. Traditional materials, expert craftsmanship and modern design merge as the foundation of Cumberland in an exciting, new, way.

Given the introduction of this wonderful new collection, I wanted to bring together my deep feelings about how Thos. Moser furniture touches me personally and also present the newCumberlandcollection at the same time in this post. More images and insights soon from my time in Maine at Thos. Moser!

My colleague, Laurie Laizure, founder of the Google+ Community:Interior Design Communitysees products, talks to manufacturers, designers and others in the design community every day and one of those products is concrete, which we see used in so many different ways in home design. Laurie has shared with me that she has a thing for concrete, and here are her thoughts on this interesting material. Thanks for your insights on concrete, Laurie!

I have a confession. Born and raised in New Hampshire (also known as The Granite State), it feels a little wrong admitting this, but I am not a fan of granite countertops and never have been. Even though there are many colors and patterns available in granite, the look is often a bit busy. Ive recently been researching concrete countertops onConcrete Network, which has loads of amazing design ideas, and everything you need to know about concrete countertops.

Following the trends in Europe for some years now, engineered stone, tempered glass and concrete have been making their mark. With the popularity of granite beginning in the early 1990s, its no wonder that homeowners are now interested in finding something new. When you consider durability and affordability, concrete is a real winner.

What about color?Many people think of concrete as a dingy gray material with a rough texture that would not be appealing to prepare an evening meal on. This is not what concrete can be today. There are thousands of color options created by mixing different pigments, stains and aggregate colors to make your countertop completely customized and unique to you.

Lets take a look at some interesting concrete countertops to give you some ideas during your next kitchen remodel.

Image Credit: Concrete Network, Design by Pourfolio Custom Concrete, San Diego, CAI love the space for soap and the architectural interest of this circular basin. These counters are sure to be a topic of conversation when entertaining.

Image credit: Concrete Network. Design by Absolute ConcreteWorks in Poulsbo, WA

Concrete can replicate many stone products at a much more wallet-friendly price-point and its easier to repair if damage occurs. Want to show off your artistic side? The countertop above is unusual and has the feel of gorgeous natural stone. You might be surprised to know that this option also passes LEED certification and features a terrazzo finish with an inlaid Brazilian agate and acid-stained borders. Anyone can appreciate this stylish look!

Do you prefer a more traditional look?

Even though concrete may be considered a new and modern material for countertops, styles can be created for any taste profile. This is a more traditional style mold and the results on this island are simply stunning. I love the way the creamy ivory base contrasts with the warm beige that almost has a hint of copper that you see then repeated in the cabinets.

Image credit: Concrete Network Design by: Eycon in Myersville MD

Creating a unique backsplash by adding embedded objects adds texture and style. Perhaps you have precious mementos you would like to incorporate? I think childrens handprints would be a sweet reminder of afternoons baking with your little ones. If you are thinking of something more refined, perhaps a marble carving from a family vacation to the islands or even a few stones you picked up on a special trip through Europe? The options are really endless. Embedding these items into concrete is easy and can make your kitchen much more personal which is not an option you usually have.

Consider concrete, a new and cutting-edge material to use as a design option in your next remodel. It is an economical, sustainable, and easily repairable option with endless customizable finishes. Would you consider concrete countertops? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

LaurieLaizureis the founder of the largest online community for design pros,Interior Design Community. Lauries work has been featured on various cable networks such as Bravo and HGTV as well as top publications in the interior design world such as Country Living magazine.

Last fall I attended a press event in Seattle with representatives fromMiele, in part, to be up close and personal with Miele appliances via an extended and relaxed cooking session, the focus of the 2 day event.

What I didnt expect was that the entirety of the event would be one soulful experience after another which blew my mind, and Im very serious, so this post may be a little emotional, expressive, and whatever else comes out into text.

Im here to tell you that Miele, that precision engineered, sleek, elegant, highly designed, upscale brand, has a whole lot of soul not so far underneath its sleek and buttoned up exterior.

FYI-do not miss the slideshow of my images below!

As mentioned, the centerpiece of the event in Seattle was to cook with Miele appliances, particularly with their newCombisteamoven, a very versatile appliance that cooks foods to their optimum level of taste. Of course, taste is subjective, but Miele has the foundation built into the Combisteam oven to allow you to follow their lead or touse the oven controls as a take off pointtoward your own adventurous cooking path. Cooking with moist and dry heat in different combinations, to me, provides nothing less than a creative cooking experience – a little bit of soul purposely built in, Id say.

There will be another post on the lengthy cooking session that we had at theMiele Seattle Center, but first, a little about the activities before we began cooking.

The first evening was a wonderful dinner atAltura, Seattles famed open kitchen restaurant. So, right from the start of the event, the cooking process was there for us to witness in all its chaos, tastes, textures, creativity and always, the extremes of the cooks – uber patience mixed with that crazy/breakneck speed/pressure cooker factor which is so entertaining!

The next day started with a tour with a guide who was the essence of cool, hippie, hipster and comedian all rolled into one. The vibe was perfect – the tour was relaxed and focused around Seattles Public Market, which, if you have not been to it before, it is an indoor farmers market times a million.

We stopped at quite a few small markets, sampling teas, meats, baked goods and moremoremore. We had mini lessons with purveyors of the shops in how and where their food items are grown, insight on sustainable growing methods and small batch distribution of their food products.

We walked through the entirety of the market. Heres the thing – for these several hours of the tour (it was a long tour) we were happily assaulted with wonderful visual stimulation, often based on plain and simple values where many shops handwritten signs told a story of what items were in season, just arrived, unique, on sale or another such message. It gave me a feeling that there was no compromise or substitute for the honest, hard working and passionate commitments of the shop owners.

Other visual stimulation was clutter, but an organized clutter (sometimes) and lots of it! An abundance of colors, textures,

3DPRINTCANALHOUSE by DUS Architects

Visiting Address: Asterweg 149, 1031 HM Amsterdam (by appointment only)

Postal Address: Asterweg 149, 1031 HM Amsterdam

The 3D Print Canal House is located in Amsterdam North and easily accessible by car and public transport. It is also just a short bike ride or a 15 minute walk away from Amsterdam Central Station.

Westbound: At the A10 Motorway take exit S118 followed by Klaprozenweg, Ridderspoorweg and Asterweg. You will approach the main entrance (Asterweg 149) from the north, with the 3D Print Canal House on your right.

Eastbound: At the A10 Motorway take exit S116 followed by Nieuwe Leeuwarderweg, Johan van Hasseltweg, Klaprozenweg, Ridderspoorweg and Asterweg. You will approach the main entrance (Asterweg 49) from the north, with the 3D Print Canal House on your right.

From Amsterdam Central Station, by bus: Take the exit marked Noord. Cross the road, and you will then see the ferries. Take the (free) Buiksloterweg ferry to the other side of the IJ waterway (ferries depart every 6 minutes).

After leaving the ferry, take bus 38 from Buikslotwerg and get off at stop Distelweg. You will approach the main entrance (Asterweg 149) from the north, with the 3D Print Canal House on your right.

From Amsterdam Central Station, by foot or bicycle: Take the exit marked Noord. Cross the road, and you will then see the ferries. Take the (free) Buiksloterweg ferry to the other side of the IJ waterway (ferries depart every 6 minutes). After leaving the ferry, turn left towards EYE film museum (the futuristic white building). Pass EYE and follow the cycle and footpath (IJpromenade) along the IJ. After 400 meters, turn right into the Grasweg and proceed to (the sign of) the Hyperion Lyceum). From the Hyperion Lyceum, take the first block on the left to the Asterweg. At the end of the Asterweg, after about 500 meters, you will find the main entrance (Asterweg 149) with the 3D Print Canal House on your left.

From Westerdoksdijk: Take the ferry to the Distelweg and follow the Distelweg. After about 400 meters, turn right to the Asterweg. Go straight forward and you will find the main entrance (Asterweg 149) with the 3D Print Canal House on your right.

At the 3D Print Canal House, we offer you the possibility to learn more about the project and to speak

At the 3D Print Canal House, we offer you the possibility to learn more about the project and to speak to one of the enthusiastic DUS employees. Everything we do is personal and custom made – feel free to contact us about other options.

Please note that presentations and bookings are possible from Monday to Friday between 11:00 and 17:00. For reservations outside these times, extra charges may apply. Please contact for more information.

For those who want to go more in depth, DUS architects offer custom made presentations for groups or even individuals. We have a special lecture room which looks over the building site. A presentation goes in depth about the design philosophy and background of DUS and allows you to engage in a dialogue about the project.

Each presentation includes a personal tour.

Costs: €500,- ex VAT for a group of max 25 people. (larger groups possible upon request).

Presentations can be booked on Monday – Friday. If you wish to book a tour on a Saturday, please contact for options.

A weekend supplement of 150% applies.

A presentation by one of the founders and partners of DUS or a custom made program is possible upon request.

At the 3D Print Canal House we always give tours, presentations and programmes that are organised and made based on what you want.

Therefore, we prefer bookings to be made at least one week in advance. An invoice will be sent after the visit with all payment details.

Please note that the cancellation policy is as follows:

Up to 3 days in advance: no charges.

3 days – 24 hours in advance: 50% of the payment has to be made.

Less than 24 hours in advance: full payment of the programme.

(This does not apply for the walk-in tours on Wednesdays).

The 3D Print Canal House is supported by a large eco-system of cross-sectoral partners.

The 3D Print Canal House is supported by a large eco-system of cross-sectoral partners.

RIJKSDIENST VOOR ONDERNEMEND NEDERLAND

It is easy to click in, but hard to pull out. The new clicking system we developed to assemble the 3D printed parts looks like LEGO for grown-ups! Each room explores a new construction system.For the Entrance Room, we were looking for a simple system to connect the printed pieces (as each printed room consists of several parts). The click system works without having to uplift parts to great height to be able to slide it in. So we tested new ways to join the printed parts together and we found a way. It allows parts to be pushed into each other. Click, and there is no way to pull it out again.

The 3D Print Canal House is printed with the XL 3D printer. The house design consists of several room types, which are assembled digitally and converted into one structural design

Each room is printed separately on site before being assembled into one house. This way the rooms can be carefully tested in a safe and easy accessible manner. Each room is different and consists of complex and tailor-made architecture and unique design features. The structure is scripted and this creates its proper strength but also generates ornament, and allows for new types of smart features, such as angled shading scripted to the exact solar angle. Each printed room consists of several parts, which are joined together as large Lego-like blocks. Both the outside façade as the interior are printed at once, in one element. Within the 3D printed walls are spares for connecting construction, cables, pipes, communication technique, wiring etc.

The rooms themselves are entirely structurally sound. In the second phase of the project, the separate rooms are assembled into connected floors, and then stacked into the entire house. Added advantage is that the rooms can fairly easy be disconnected in case the house needs to be relocated.

The main facade of the 3D Print Canal House has an extra special character as it showcases how the 3D-print technique develops. The ground floor has modest ornament: As the 3D print technique develops and the number of building elements grows also the level of experiment in ornament rises, which is expressed in the most richly decorated part of the façade: The step gable.

The structural aspects are tested both digitally and on site in collaboration with the structural engineers of Tentech. The construction is based on a structural extruded printed grid that can take several shapes. Folds in the structure generate strength, so the level of ornaments enhances the construction. Each printed element consists of numerous diagonal hollow collumns. When the elements are mounted together the hollow collumns create large structural crosses that support the entire structure.

Heijmans is building partner of the project and takes charge in the building of the house, and the developing of new means of connecting the separate elements into a safe ans solid house.

Today we started printing a 6m tall wall. The wall has shafts of different dimensions. The larger structural shaft run towards the locations where adjacent rooms need support. These shafts will be cast with Henkels Eco-concrete, and will so create a the structural framework of the house.

Both sides of the wall have a different set of shafts. On one side the shafts have a slight inclination from bottom-right to upper-left, while on the other side of the wall the shafts run in the opposite direction. This way the to sides together create structural crosses.

All parameters we work with are scripted. This allowed us to change the dimensions of the structural shafts during the design process to match the structural demands from our structural engineer partner Tentech, without redrawing the complex design over and over.

3D-printing and scripting are perfect partners in terms of flexibility. While scripting allows us to create designs that can easily be adapted to changing circumstances of all kinds, the printer doesnt bother if it prints a series of similar copies, or an awesome series of unique pieces.

The last few weeks we have been experimenting with inclined shafts. The new house-pieces we print contain a double layer of shafts, one side running in one direction, the other side in the other direction. The script we developed for these designs allows us to change the shaft dimensions and the angle of the shafts.

The coming weeks we are taking this a few steps further by adding parameters to the script. We will update you soon!

Second XL 3D printer is in the making. Together with construction studio Fiction Factory we are assembling and installing the XL 3D printer on the building site. We are super excited to start working with it and experience its upgraded features!

The second silver container can be spotted next to the first XL 3D printer on the site. With a similar shiny silver appearance to the first printer, it doesnt give much away about its improved features. But beauty comes from within: the second XL 3D printer really is a XL 3D printer 2.0: it has an automated material input and remote control. As a result the control room at the top of the XL 3D printer can be dismissed, giving us up to 200% of the original print volume. And we never have to climb the steep stair to refill the printer anymore. Moreover, we can upload files when and wherever we want. XL 3D printer 2.0 is controlled via its own website and will print 24/7 because it has an integrated drying system!

We recently broke our speed record with the first XL 3D printer. The maximum speed we tested was 240 mm/s. That is the size of your water bottle every second. XL 3D printer 2.0 will even print faster and still be more sustainable because it consumes less energy. Soon we will be able to print not just twice as fast with two printers, but more than three times as fast! (and counting)

Less than one year ago we moved the XL 3D printer to its current location. Now Fiction Factory is building up the second XL 3D printer – soon well be able to print more, better and faster!

By attaching two powerful fans to the printer head of the XL 3D printer we are again able to print faster! This especially benefits the (parts of) pieces that have a small surface area. Before, we had to slow down the printer with these pieces because the track it has to follow is smaller, thus leaving less time for the previous layer to harden. The fans quicken the hardening process of the previous layer, allowing us to print faster and more accurate.

With the update of its engine, the XL 3D printer is now printing at more than three times its initial speed! Since we didnt want to climb the steep stairs anymore to refill the printer every 20 minutes or so, weve printed an enlargement of the container that holds the printing material.

The XL 3D printer is moved to the construction site of the 3D Print Canal House! Now It wont be long before we can 3D print on site!

The start of a test print with a new hotmelt from Henkel.

The canal house design continues to evolve and our tests continue to grow as we break the 2.5m barrier!

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Partner DOEN visited the KamerMaker. We had a nice analogue presentation and discussion about the effects and future possibilities of 3D printing.

Today the KamerMaker is one of the Amsterdam locations for the international press visit in the context of the Coronation fever. Crews from Russia, Japan, Costa Rica, Germany, Norway and many others where interested to see the innovative side of Amsterdam.

Today we celebrated the launch of the building of the Worlds first 3D-printed Canal House. Amsterdam deputy mayor Carolien Gehrels, Amsterdam Smart City partners, the Amsterdam Economic Board, the Dutch Building Industries and DUS architects with the KamerMaker team signed a letter of intent and secure the start of the first building phase in 2013. It starts today!

Adding virtual layers to our canal house! We had a very nice meeting with augmented reality artist Sander Veenhof, testing the merging of 3D printing and augmented reality. The result was shown live at Vodafone Firestarters

The KamerMaker has been printing during the recent snow period! Stichting DOEN also gave us a visit to talk about what the KamerMaker will do in the upcoming year. We gave them a little demonstration.

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almost the end of 2012… heres a sneak peek of our future plans… what if we could 3D Print a house, room by room, with the XL 3D printer?

The KamerMaker has been open for almost 4 weeks now and we wanted to give you a update on the printing research and development.

We are currently test printing with an extruder whichJoriscreated especially for the KamerMaker. The design for the extruder is based on anUltimaker, however it accepts 3 filaments of plastic rather than one.  The extruder was assembled from 3d printed parts (which were printed on an Ultimaker) and laser cut wood pieces.  The output of the extruder is not enough for XXL prints (2m x 2m x 3.5m) but so far it has worked for XL prints (.5m x .5m x 2m).

Last Friday, we planned on printing a 1.5m tall column over the course of one day, however the weather did not cooperate with us, so we had to start our print in the afternoon and continue into the evening.  Even though we didnt achieve the height we wanted, it was a great opportunity to see what the KamerMaker looks like at night.

Since the opening we have been receiving a steady stream of visitors at the KamerMaker.  The visitors have ranged from designers/design students who would like to print an object to local residents who are curious about the project.  Many people have asked when and how they can print their own design on the KamerMaker, however we are not ready for that at this time.  The plan is that over the next few months we will continue to test different extruders and really perfect the technique.  After we have successfully printed several pieces and feel the print quality is up to par, then we will open up the KamerMaker to other designers.  Until then, everyone is welcome to stop by the KamerMaker to follow the live testing and experimenting.

The XL 3D printer is officially up and running!On Sunday we celebrated the opening of the worlds largest portable 3d printer in the front garden of our office. We had great weather for the opening and there was a large and diverse turnout. Thanks again to Carolien Gehrels, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam for helping us officially open the XL 3D printer.

We have to thank all the collaborators for their hard and dedication to the project. Thanks again to the Open Coop, Ultimaker Ltd, Rooie Joris, Fablab Protospace, Fiction Factory, Faberdashery, Xtrution, Almond Techniek, Tentech, Stamhuis Techniek, Amsterdam Energie and other volunteer enthusiasts which helped make the XL 3D printer opening such a success.

And here is a video of the opening which was shot by Siert Wijnia from Ultimaker:

We would like to invite EVERYONE to the official opening of the KamerMaker on September 16th in front garden of our office in Amsterdam.  Feel free to stop by to see the KamerMaker in action.  Stay tuned for more details

We have been working withJorisat Protospace to develop a new high powered Ultimaker extruder which uses 3 plastic filaments at one once instead of one.  This is still a rough prototype, but we have got some nice results from it.  One of the most exciting opportunities is that we can begin to easily mix colors in our prints.  We attached the extruder to the CNC milling machine at Protospace to do some full scale testing.  Thanks to Joris for his hard work on this and we look forward to testing it on the KamerMaker and also thanks toProtospacefor letting us use their space for testing.

Its been a while since a posted an update on the KamerMaker, but that is because we have been so busy getting ready for the official opening on September 16th.  For the past couple of weeks we have been preparing the garden space in front of our office for the delivery of the shipping container next week!  Today the concrete pads were delivered which will be used as the base for the shipping container. Fiction Factory is finishing up installing the facade, and next week the XYZ gantry will be installed at Fiction Factory.

The KamerMaker is really starting to take shape at Fiction Factory, because last week the stainless steel panels arrived and the installation has begun.  We are hoping that the facade will be installed by the end of this week.  Unfortunately, everyone will have to wait until September for the big reveal of the mirror facade, which is when we will take off the protective plastic.  Thanks again toFiction Factoryfor their hard work on the project.  Next step is printing all the wind mills for the facade!

We would like to share the final design for the facade of the KamerMaker which is currently being fabricated.  As wementioned earlier, we are using a shipping container as the main frame for the KamerMaker, and will be tilting it up vertically rather than horizontally, so that we will be able to print rooms that are 3 meters tall!   The container will be clad with perforated stainless steel panels, which will have 3d printed objects inserted into the perforations.  As we mentioned in aprevious post,we will be hosting the the next Ultimaker meetup on July 16th at the Open Coop in Amsterdam,where we will begin printing wind turbines for the facade.  So, for those who may be interested in Ultimaker, own an Ultimaker, or is interested in the KamerMaker are invited to this event and help us print our facade.

Despite the unforgiving weather yesterday, we had a great turnout for the Ultimaker meetup at our office.  There was a very energetic and collaborative atmosphere where attendees helped us 3d print wind turbines for the facade, offered their advice about the wind turbine design, and engaged in some nice discussions about the design of the KamerMaker.  Thanks for everyone who attended and we look forward to continuing to be engaged in this collaborative community.

We would like to invite you to an fun event next weekend (Sunday, June 17th) that we will be taking part in.  The event will be hosted by theTolhuistuinand will celebrate the opening of the new garden space in front of the Open Coop.  DUS will participating in a birdhouse building workshop where kids will be able to design and 3D print their own birdhouse!  Our 3D printing workshop will be taking place on the site where the KamerMaker will be installed next month.  So, if you are interested in attending the event, you can find our more information here:

This week we attended the NetherlandsUltimakermeetup atProtospacein Utrecht.  Every six weeks, Ultimaker users meet at different locations to discuss new developments, test new machines, troubleshoot problems, and present ideas related to Ulimaker.  We attended this meetup to present the KamerMaker to the community and present our idea for the next meetup.

Our idea is to host the next Ultimaker meetup at theOpen Coopin Amsterdam, and have the attendees help us print pieces for the facade of the KamerMaker.  The facade for the KamerMaker will be made out of perforated stainless steel where we will insert 3d printed pieces into the perforations.  We would like to print small wind turbines which can generate enough energy to power an LED.  We are currently testing different designs and will publish those soon.  So,the next meetup will be on July 16th at the Open Coop in Amsterdamwhere the KamerMaker will be.  So, we would like to open up an invitation to anyone who may be interested in Ultimaker, owns an Ultimaker, or is interested in the KamerMaker to attend the event and help us print our facade.  The idea is that people will bring their Ultimakers to the Open Coop, DUS will provide designs to printed and print material (3mm filament).  Keep following the blog for more information and details about this event.

Is the KamerMaker a utopic dream?  Well, last week we participated in a discussion with several other architects/theorists where we discussed that question along with various other topics related to utopian architecture.  The discussion,  namedFailed Architecture, was part of ongoing series of lectures atTrouwAmsterdam.It was great for us think about the KamerMaker within this context and project its implications to architecture and construction.  We look forward to continuing this discussion with the public when the KamerMaker is up and running!

We recently purchased a shipping container which will be used as the main frame for the KamerMaker.  It is currently at Fiction Factory where they first dismantled it and are now rebuilding it.  However, for the KamerMaker we would like to use the container frame in a unconventional manner by tilting it up vertically rather than horizontally, so that we will be able to print rooms that are 3 meters tall!   Today was a big day for us because the container was flipped up vertically for the first time.  It was great to see the new frame and understand how big our prints are going to be!

We recently visited an extruder manufacturer to continue our research into how extruders work and how to create one.   We tested several different sizes and types of extruders to see which one would fit our application.

We created our first full scale full print!  We have been working at Protospace for the past month to create and test a full scale plastic extruder.  Last week we finally got the extruder up and working , so we atttached it to the CNC milling machine to see what it could make.  Even though it works, this is just the beginning and we have many more tests to perform.

At our last design meeting we discussed our updated facade design with Fiction Factory and how we can develop a plastic extruder with Joris from EPMD.

Look at the shipment that we received last weekthis container will be the base for the KamerMaker!

We recently had a meeting at our office with Ultimaker and Joris fromEPMDto discuss the overall schedule of the project, extrusion technique, and the XYZ framework of the printer.  We had some good discussions and everyone is really excited to see the KamerMaker working soon

We would like thank everyone who came by on Saturday to visit the launch party!  It was great to talk and share our ideas about the project with experts and non-experts in 3D printing.  We received nice feedback from many of the visitors which we hope to apply to the project.

Today, we are putting the finishing touches on a scale model of the XL 3D printer for the Object Rotterdam exhibit. Here are is sneak peek of the model

Here is our animation of the XL 3D printer in action!

Here is one of the first KamerMaker designs!

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3D printing is a fascinating new production technique. It allows you to directly translate a digital file into a physical product. 3D printing can have huge implications for the way we fabricate things – for example the elimination of waste, transport costs and standardisation of elements – DUS architects is investigating what the implications of 3D printing are for the building industry. What better way to do this than by 3D printing an entire house?

The canal house is a symbol of Amsterdam. When the canal belt was built 400 years ago, Amsterdam was a prime example of innovation. Each canal house can house several functions, such as trade, storage, living, craft, and each canal house is richly ornamented and unique. A canal house is recognizable and attractive. It is interesting to investigate what this traditional archetype can be in a 21st century context. 3D printing a canal house shows the world how to combine traditional local values with new innovative ideas.

3. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing a building?

One great advantage of 3D printing over traditional building techniques (such as prefabricated concrete) is the possibilities of using a high level of detail and ornament and variation. Rather than using standardized elements, 3D printed designs can each be modified and customized to fit the users needs and taste. It will no longer be more expensive or more labour intensive to add details to for example your façade and it is easy to create unique objects.

3D printing is an additive manufacturing technique. That means the process goes straight from the raw material to the final product, thus eliminating waste. There are no transport costs, as designs can simply be transferred digitally and printed locally. This also implies that when 3D printing is used widely in each part of the world, it will no longer be cheaper to have things produced in countries like China or Bangladesh as opposed to the Netherlands. Everyone can just produce everything in their own local context.

In terms of disadvantages, it is obviously a huge challenge to create a building that complies with all the current building regulations. There is the question of insulation, fireproofing, wind loads, foundationsthese, as well as the possible materials to print with (using this printer) are all things that are being researched and investigated.

The XL 3D printer works in exactly the same way as the Ultimaker, the small desktop 3D printer, as it is simply an upscaled version. A digital design is placed in the brain of the printer, a very simple computer, where it is translated into a G-code. A G-code is a file that slices a 3D model into layers. This file programs the printer to move along a path that is optimal for that design, layer by layer.

In the control room of the printer is also the material supply. We print with plastic in the form of granulate which enters an extruder via a funnel. In the extruder the granulate is heated (the material melts at 170 degrees Celsius) and pressed together to a homogeneous liquid. This is brought to the printer head by a heated tube. The printer head extrudes the melted material along the programmed path on the X and Y axes and when finished moves up one step along the Z axis. This is fairly similar to a normal printer, only with one more direction, which allows objects to be printed layer by layer.

5. What materials does the XL 3D printer print with?

We are currently printing with bioplastics. The granulate that goes into the XL 3D printer is called Macromelt, a type of industrial glue (Hotmelt) developed by Henkel. It is made of 80% of vegetable oil. It melts at 170 degrees Celsius. We aim to print with a material that is sustainable, of biological origin, melts at a relatively low temperature, and of course is sturdy and stable. We are also researching the possibilities of printing with recycled materials: Plastics of course, but were also looking into using wood pallets and natural stone waste.

Technically, the XL 3D printer can print with any material that melts (at a temperature that isnt too high) and then hardens again.

7. Who are the initiators and partners?

DUS architects is the initiator of both de XL 3D printer and the 3D Print Canal House. DUS architects is an Amsterdam based architecture office founded in 2004 by Hans Vermeulen, Hedwig Heinsman and Martine de Wit. DUS architects builds public architecture: Architecture that influences the public domain using scale 1:1 models, urban process- and strategy design, and that ranges from temporary interiors to long-term urban transformation trajectories.

DUS architects is collaborating with lots of important partners who invest in the project with knowledge and means. For example:

Henkel is developing a new sustainable 3D print material for the building industries.

Heijmans is researching what new construction techniques are needed for 3D printing buildings.

The Municipality of Amsterdam investigates the effect of the digital maker-industries on regulations and opportunities for employment.

Check our website an actual overview of all our courageous partners!

The project is partially funded by the municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the DOEN Foundation, and partially by the contributions of our partners. A lot of the sponsorship the 3D Print Canal House gets is in natura, through contributing knowledge or materials. In fact, the 3D Print Canal House is one big collaboration project, in which everybody shares and gets a share.

And of course our visitors help finance the house by paying an entrance fee!

That is impossible to say since all of the materials we use have never been on the market for this purpose. The 3D Print Canal House is a research project partially funded and partially created by DUS architects and its partners. At the end of the research trajectory, we hope to be able to give an accurate estimate of what it takes to 3D print a house. The goal is to create a cost-effective building technique for building sustainable and comfortable houses.

10. What is there to do at the 3D print canal house?

The construction site of the 3D print canal house not just a building site, it is an open wo

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If youve always dreamed of building a luxurious mansion on a tropical island or right next to the Coliseum in Rome, this is your lucky day. No, you havent won the lottery. And no, youre not going to be able to actually build that mansion, but you can now do it in a virtual world thanks to the new online videogame

Hasbrolaunched Tuesday the online video game where players around the world can build their dream homes basically everywhere they want, as long as the lot has not been claimed by some other player, that is. The game is first-come, first-serve, so youll have to be quick if you dont want to lose your favorite spot.

The online game is built onAPI and players or virtual millionaires will be able to build their mansions on 203 billion plots of land, choosing from 22 different mansion designs and 74 mansion accessories. As you play the game, you will unlock accessories and other bonuses such as water slides, planetariums and other luxury gizmos millionaires love to showcase in their mansions.

If you get tired of your house, you will be able to own up to three total mansions throughout the game. And Hasbro hasnt forgotten about the social side of video games. You can playMonopoly Millionaireonline throughFacebookand invite your friends to visit your house.

Monopoly Millionaireonline is part of a new spin on the classic board game Monopoly. In the new game, players will try to be the first to earn a million, instead of bankrupting their adversaries.

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5 Tips for Designing Your Own Tiny House

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As tiny houses have become more popular, the online community has grown with it. This includes tiny home designer and builders who are looking to help other homeowners that want to move toward tiny living. Many of these sites include catalogs of premade tiny house plans that you can buy and download for personal use. These plans are particularly helpful if youre not sure where to start when designing your own tiny house. They are typically complete designs that you can build as is, but you can always customize a tiny house plan to cater to your lifestyle.

If you decide to take the tiny house plan as your final plan, you can either hire a builder or decide to build a complete DIY tiny house. Depending how your dream tiny house, there are a few different materials you can use for the structure of your tiny house. The purchased tiny house plan may include the materials that would best work with your design. However, depending on different lifestyle considerations, such as eco-consciousness, you may find that other materials work just as well. The plan doesnt have to dictate your tiny house design, but just be a guiding hand.

When looking at a predetermined tiny house plan, dont be afraid to adjust the proportions of different areas of the home. When you downsize your floor plan, you cant have the full size separate rooms that you would have if you were living in a traditional home. Think of your lifestyle and where you will be spending the most time when making adjustments to the house plan. For instance, if you enjoy cooking and spending time in your kitchen, you may want to take a little bit more square footage for full kitchen appliances and have a more strategic smaller seating area.

If you love the idea of designing your own tiny house, but are intimidated by the thought of having to go through a building process, consider a renovation. With the focus on the interior, you can put all of your energy into maximizing space instead of stressing out about building materials. A tiny house renovation can range from replacing your tiny house stairs to completely gutting your home and starting from scratch. Whether the case may be, there are plenty of tiny homes that are looking for a new design!

While a tiny home itself may seem untraditional, there are plenty of designs that are simply a traditional home in a smaller scale. These traditional type tiny homes usually come in the form of cottages or trailer frame houses. They have the standard pitched roof and can be described as quaint. The trailer frame homes are the most recognized tiny home type. They are a popular option for prefabricated houses because they can be hitched to a truck and moved with the homeowner. Another more traditional option is to take an old RV and completely revamp the interior for full time living.

There are just as many if not more unconventional housing options for your tiny house designs as well. For a modified RV design, you can buy an old school bus and completely strip the inside to create a one of a kind home. If you want to buy the blank canvas and work from there, a shipping container is a great option. you will have to do some more work on the interior With the nontraditional tiny homes, including your floors and insulation.

Your tiny houses interior design should always be focused around your lifestyle. This is no different designing a traditional home. You want to be comfortable and love your living space no matter what size it is. Depending upon what type of tiny house you have, it may lend itself to specific interior design styles. A popular interior design style for tiny homes is a cozy rustic home design. Because so many tiny homes feature wood paneling and organic materials, they are the perfect space for a rustic home design. If you want a more updated tiny hey ouse, modern and minimalist home dcor styles are perfect for small spaces. They both utilize open spaces and light colors which can help your tiny house to feel bigger.

When youre designing your own tiny house and look for inspiration, youre probably going to find that most tiny house designs have a loft of some kind incorporated into their home plans. A loft is the perfect solution to needing more space, but not wanting to build a larger home. By creating a usable loft, you can create square footage in your home. Some tiny homes choose to use two lofts instead of the standard single loft to create even more living space. Depending on how you choose to use your lofts, you can connect the two with a small platform running above the common living areas below.

The most common function of a tiny house loft is a bedroom loft. It may seem like a job for a contractor, butturning a loft into a bedroomcan be an easy DIY tiny house project. The biggest part of yourloft bedroom designis to ensure that you have enough head room to comfortably use your loft on a regular basis. The right furniture can give you extra storage space in your bedroom loft as well. There are plenty of bed storage options that range from simple drawers in the frame to hydraulics that life the entire mattress for storage space.

Loft stairsare another important aspect of your tiny house design. Because staircases typically take up a large amount of space,tiny house stairsneed to keep the space constraints in mind. Tiny homeowners want a stair design that is both compact and safe. Because many people are starting to look to tiny homes as a retirement option, a tiny house stair should have a universal usability. With all of these things in mind, the first stair design that you think of is probably a traditional straight stair. Homeowners know that this stair design is safe and stable. However, traditional stairs have a very large footprint and will take up all of the space that you created by installing a loft.

While ladders have a small footprint, theyre not practical for older family members or pets. A spiral staircase gives you a small footprint with the stability and safety of a large traditional stair. The spiral design keeps your stairs footprint to a small circle in your tiny home. The smallest diameter available is a 36 which keeps the footprint to 42×42. If youre concerned about how much space it will take up in your tiny house, tape off the area for a few days. Once youve lived without the space, you can adjust your spiral staircase design accordingly. A call to one of our consultative designers can also help you to find the best size and design for your space.

You can easily find a spiral stair that fits in your home dcor style. A Classic Steel spiral stair has the flexibility to fit in just about any floor plan. The all steel frame can fit into an industrial space, while the addition of wood steps makes it a more rustic design. The Forged Iron spiral stairs fit seamlessly into a Victorian or Traditional style tiny house. The spindles have ornate scroll designs and compliment the solid wood handrail and steps. For a simple rustic design, you can also install a Solid Wood spiral stair.

The installation is another easy DIY tiny house project. Salter Spiral Stair ships your staircase to you broken down into kit form for easy transportation. Once its delivered, your spiral stair goes together like a large erector set. It can be installed over the course of a day with the help of a spouse, friend, or neighbor.

Every homeowner is always looking for more storage space in their home. Most people decide to use their basement or an attic. However, if youre designing your own tiny house, youll have to be a little more creative. With square footage at a premium, you dont want to take up any more floor space than you need to. One of the best ways to maximize the space in your tiny house is to avoid clutter. Because your home is already small, clutter can quickly overwhelm the space and make it feel even smaller. Organization and effective storage can help your home feel larger and calmer.

You can keep the storage simple without any major renovations. The key is to keep your space feeling open. Open shelving is a trendy storage solution that keeps the flow of air and light even throughout your tiny house. To maximize your floor space, you can build the shelves into the wall. By keep the shelves in shallow alcoves, there is nothing impeding movement around your living space.

If you want to keep your items out of the way, there are plenty ofhidden storage ideas. The first, and most popular, is to usemultifunctional furniture. Storage furniture is a popular way to use your storage spaces as functional parts of your home. Storage ottomans are one of the most common ways to incorporate these designs. Not only do they provide extra seating and storage when needed, but they are also small enough to be tucked out of the way when theyre not in use. Another hidden storage idea is to use a trap door storage technique. This is done by building small compartments into the floor of your tiny house. It keeps your storage out of sight and keeps the actual living space open.

You can take your storage out of your living area completely by installing a storage loft. While bedroom lofts are the most common design, storage lofts are a close second. It solves the problem of finding extra square footage for storage by creating a new room in your tiny house.

One of the biggest reasons that people decide on a tiny home is for the eco friendly benefits. Many traditional homeowners have also started to incorporateeco friendly home designsin their houses as well. Not only do these designs reduce waste, but they also have proven to be cost effective in the long run. If youre designing your own tiny house, you can incorporate different building materials and home structures to support your eco friendly homes. Tiny cob homes are made from a combination of clay, sand, and straw. Not only is it durable, but it can also act as a natural insulator.

The most common way that people incorporate eco friendly ideas into their homes is through their choice of utilities. While large windows and good insulators do a large portion of your heating and cooling, programmable thermostats can help you to regulate your tiny houses temperature effectively. One of the easiest utilities to manage is an eco friendly rain water harvesting system. You cant use this harvested water for drinking purposes, but you can use it for many other things that tend to take up a large portion of your water bill, such as a laundry.

Designing and building your own home can be intimidating, no matter what size it is. This guide helps you to design your own tiny house with your most important considerations at the forefront. Whether you want to maximize your interior space with a loft and spiral stair or you want to have a completely eco friendly home, you can find the solution here!

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