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Slow Home: 12 Steps To A More Relaxed Living Space

The slow home movement, initiated in 2006 by John Brown, Matthew North and Carina van Olm, produced an innovation in the way people see their home space. The chart and quiz below offer their fundamental views of what is considered a slow home.

The designers felt the need to focus on a slow approach to homes due to the way they were being manufactured, which according to the team can be comparable to fast food eateries, popping up everywhere but sometimes offering products of questionable value.

In order to figure out areas of significance that could lend to an optimal space they looked into the quality of design and came up with a survey based study that investigated 4600 new constructions. It was revealed that more than half of the homes examined were considered poorly configured, fast houses. The single family residence weighted the worst, as 78% of those measured were considered to be fast designs.

The group stated that residing in a slow home is a way to reduce cost as well as environmental impact and is important in order to promote a satisfying everyday atmosphere.

Things like what types of supplies are used to make up the household are significant in a slow home space. Some examples of things specific to the concept are alternatives to highly chemically treated products. Preferred are sustainable materials that work in a home’s favor, such as sunflower, wheatboard, bamboo and environmentally responsible woods.

The designers came up with a 12 step guide on their slow home design concept that is intended as a simple map for understanding and incorporating the process. This chart briefly and simply summarizes the basic ideas:

Slow Home: 12 Steps To A More Relaxed Living Space

Image source: From Slow Home Studio, Retrieved from slowyourhome.com

Curious how your space would size up on the slow home scale? Take the slow home test and figure out your score.

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