Designing Beach Houses, Custom Homes, Eco Friendly Blueprints.
Let's ask nature - Why does shark skin stay bacteria free ? Could it be that it's shaped like just like a ruffles potato chip. Crazy ideas are coming together to create a type of new science called biomimicry and the new classification of all livings things, all nature, all species however this time - nature classified according to function. No small job I assure you. Your custom house design or lodge project should function as nature does. Your builder or construction activity should enhance the environment, provide employment and support conservation and educate impoverished areas within your community. These observations of how nature acts teach us about our neighbors in nature, all finding passive cooling and living comfortable in the world. Millions of species can't be wrong.
Biomomicry, "What's it all about ?"
As an architect of nature in Southern Costa, I first learned the meaning of bio mimicry. In 2007, I was standing at the base of my Mahogany tree wondering how to get my 1200 sq. treehouse design up there. 50' up I imagined. I considered cantilevers made from bamboo, then onto drilling into her truck to support my 4 story house in a tree. There I stood looking up from the base of tree with 200 accumulated hours into my design. Then all of a sudden.. overwhelming hot flashes surged through my body. The fire ants dropped me and my plans to our knees in pain. Brushing them to the side, and looking down instead of up, for the first time I saw the massive network of roots holding up my tree. Ahh... Innovation inspired by nature. Thanks to those little buggers I built my treehouse from the ground up ontop of Teak, car axles, recycled tires and old beer coolers for septic tanks. Those little fire ants taught me a few lessons about eco friendly building and they saved me $1000's encouraging me to think differently about my tree house and my life. remember we get some rockin earthquakes here, so it has to be engineered right. What I learned from my ants that day, is Nature always rules out difficulties, complications, stress and things that don't work. Now I go through more erasers than pencils. For eco logical green home designs and affordable consultation- contact me personally.
My design and build philosophies teach new skills and encourage sustainable methods of building in your community and mine. Many of these new methods of building are inspired by nature. Biomimicry is a new science that studies nature's models and then uses these examples to solve human problems. Creating homes and lodges in Costa Rica and Panama creates a design challenge for architects abroad. In Tropical Central America, my goal is always create cool, comfortable spaces and take advantage of passive energies when possible.
I work on line with customers as well as on site affordable site visits. identifying your breeze, N.E.S.W, views, water source, discuss passive energy and attractive security options. I have a wonderful open air home designs with built in creature comforts ( no creatures, I promise ) living concept with security and privacy built in. So where to start ? If you already own property, spend some time on during the sunrise & sunset or during a stormy time. The more you know about your property, the easier it is to consult with you on line. It's important we get your design on paper with not a detail left out. My architectural advice in Costa Rica is based on natures philosophies and the movement of air through your building site. Capturing morning breezes, and staying dry when it's pouring rain. Most of my clients have found my views of great value during the design process. C2 philosophy = Comprehend and Copy Nature in design. Looking to nature for solutions to complex questions. How to go green ? How to build sustainably ?
For more information about eco friendly, green building and environmentally friendly construction, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize or Caribbean, shoot me an e-mail - Michael Cranford / firstname.lastname@example.org/ or give me a call in mornings or weekends are fine too. Skype works great too 508-714-0622 .
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