Post mills were once a common sight across Europe, having been around for centuries. These early post mills are incredible feats of engineering given their age; the entire weight of the body and its associated machinery sits upon a hefty central wooden column, and the whole assembly can rotate 360 degrees to allow the sails to face directly into the wind. Despite their claustrophobic nature, I try my hand at turning one into a unique home!
Every now and then I like to design tiny garden offices. Y’see, I’m still working in my childhood bedroom, so it should come as no surprise that I dream about my own tiny purpose-built space where I can work in a quiet environment! This particular garden office is particularly tiny, but still features a full desk, chair, log burner, and delightful lounge area that is cantilevered over a stream.
Whilst driving around the countryside of Dorset, I happened across a lodge built for one of the many local manors. Whilst I've seen a few of these before, it occurred to me that it would be a great subject for this months architectural design.
The challenge would be deciding which one to base mine on; since there is a fair variety, and they're all rather fancy and adorable!
Houseboats are not a particularly common occurrence in the UK (well, unless you include narrowboats I suppose), but they are pretty popular in countries like the Netherlands; particularly in Amsterdam where the city is a maze of canal networks. With these particular houseboats in mind, I decided to design my very own, based upon a particularly small example.
A Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) is a concept pretty much unheard of in the UK, but it’s gained popularity in the US due to their low cost (yet high quality), and easy manoeuvrability. It’s the perfect compromise for those who wish to travel around, have their own home, yet don’t have the money to spend on a house. In fact, I’d love to build one for myself!
Every now and then whilst driving about, I stumble across a suitable candidate for converting into a small house. This one is a little on the large size compared to some previous designs, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. It’s an old forge building, complete with original fireplace. Unusually, I’ve opted for an industrial look on the interior, as a nod to the history of the building.
Whilst not really existing in the UK, fire lookout towers are prevalent in a number of countries, particularly from the 1900s onwards. I’m focusing my attention of wooden lookout towers found across America; these were in various standardised designs, and with their remote mountaintop locations, I can’t think of a more scenic view!
The humble signal box has been a mainstay of the railway scene for centuries, providing a place for signalmen & women to set routes, signals, and block systems. This was crucial to the safe working of any railway, making sure trains were set on the correct lines, and keeping them at safe distances apart. With a love of railways, I wanted to virtually convert my own slice of railway history into a tiny home.