It's Not Just Pretty
Stand among a group of Architecture or Interior Design professionals and watch their eyes roll when you suggest a detail to be "pretty".
Because "pretty" is superficial, in one day and out the next. By the time you start seeing it in magazines and blogs with headers like "Must haves for 2019" it's blasé as hell and real Designers detest it. Remember the cerulean sweater? (watch here).
True Design Professionals cringe at anything short of timelessness, they are students of human behavior, religion, philosophy, history, engineering and culture.
The role of Architecture and ID has been at the fore-front of human life since the dawn of time and I will argue with anyone that it is the "world's oldest profession" (even you Rudyard Kipling). The urgency to depend on form and function of our shelters is to serve our most basic needs for survival and efficiency from the very beginning.
The design decisions we make today are the foundation for all our tomorrows and we have to take a responsible approach to that. We need to push Net-Zero, Passive Design, and Renewable Energy systems in our own homes and lessen our carbon footprint so our Earth can start regenerating. Our dependency on fossil fuels is uncontrollable to say the least, but this is not new news. Scientists have been sounding the alarm for over 100 years.
Our homes should be designed, built, and renovated with timelessness in mind so that entire kitchens and bathrooms don't have to be torn out every 5-10 years because they are so "outdated" or the workmanship was so shit that deterioration has already started.
Thank goodness for re-sellers like Habitat for Humanity Restore who are now accepting usable building materials to raise funds for their charity, and keeps perfectly good materials out of the landfills. When you donate a pile of materials they will issue you a tax receipt for the estimate value of your donation. When you're taking down an entire house that could be in the thousands of dollars!
So when you're ready for your next build, I urge you to consider the most responsible plan you can afford. Use what you have, refurbish, donate, buy pre-loved furnishings and use high quality, energy efficient systems.
And for the love of all that is Mighty... don't forget that design matters. You can reduce your costs significantly if you hire professionals who study the entire system.
We are all depending on it.