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Will Your Self Build Look Like A Dog Or A Palace?

Posted by caliwag , 26 April 2013 · 683 views

ha...an unfair question as, if the design is in your hands-it's your self-build so it most definitely is!, then put some thought, energy and research into the 'character' of your pride and joy. You're no doubt thinking now ' who does this guy think he is?' but I started the draft book, and blogs (before blogs existed I don'...


How About A Garden To Be Proud Of...?

Posted by caliwag , 23 April 2013 · 673 views

This is another response to someone on here who needed a garden design for the planners but did not know where to start. I am not being critical of anyone, the issue or the fact that garden 'design' tends to be after the house is built. It is also true that it's very useful to be in a place for a few seasons to see where the good parts, the sh...


Masonry Box Versus Glass Box!

Posted by caliwag , 17 April 2013 · 1,231 views

A cheeky title of course because it's never one or the other...or is it?I am a traditionalist when it comes to house design, but I love the idea of a solid inner core surrounded by glass spaces! I have seen it done and of course there are some early 20th century Modernist versions in the States. In reality once the sun paths, climate, use of the s...


How And Where To Start The Design

Posted by caliwag , 16 April 2013 · 601 views

My old tutor used to say 'design is like the old joke about the spittoon...it's all in one'. Dreadful I know, but it woke up some of the students. The reason I say this is that it is difficult to isolate much of the reasoning for decision making, rather like the Eureka moment in one of the earlier blogs: you could be forcing the impact of an i...


Listing And Use Of Words And Descriptions.

Posted by caliwag , 15 April 2013 · 630 views

Potentially, this does open up a can of worms over how the human brain works! I am not the person to explore that and certainly not here. I think I raised this in an earlier blog, but it could have been on a different forum, so without apology, I repeat.Some years ago, when drafted in to assist on a degree level Interior Design course, I was confronte...


Design And How To Start.

Posted by caliwag , 11 April 2013 · 741 views

These thoughts are in response to several queries and comments on this forum over the past few months. I understand, of course, it really is the big question for every aspect of a self build...how do we plan? (please don't say 'buy a plan book'), what do we want it to look like? where do we want the front door,? etc. I have explained appropria...


Caliwag's Blogs

Posted by caliwag , 10 April 2013 · 623 views

I appreciate I have not added anything of interest recently. Indeed I note that I started in May last year!! Time I added some new ones, so watch this space, as they say.Next one soon will be on 'How to start a design issue'. Now that's any design issue, be it a garden/landscaping problem or lighting atmosphere, etc etc.


Hi Tech Garden Shed: Image And Part Article.

Posted by caliwag , 02 December 2012 · 1,088 views

Apropos the last blog...note the handrail-less entrance steps: very clever!http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/americas/article3617430.ece


'put Your Parents Out To Grass In A Hi-Tech Garden Shed'

Posted by caliwag , 02 December 2012 · 821 views

That's the provocative headline to an article in yesterday's Times (1:12:12) trumpeting the States-Side design for a 'Granny Pod', as if it's novel idea.To be frank, it's been 'advertised' effectively as a commercial opportunity. Strangely, the 25m2 'shed' is novel in that it works out at £3000/m2. OK it is fitted o...


Garden Design Not Just About Plants, Says A Garden Designer.

Posted by caliwag , 20 November 2012 · 714 views

I like this. Sums up my thoughts about garden design much better than my earlier blog of 1:8:12.

Though it may be a Southern thing as you'll note from the fact that my latter comment received no answers.
It is true that, around York, despite having a local horticultural college, nobody sings from the rooftops about their skills in plantsmanship...just...

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