Living and working environments should be specifically designed for each unique individual living/ working pattern and preference– keeping flexibility of change over time in mind. One desirable model for living is the “loft” – spacious open light-filled environments. Lofts are simpler spaces and can have roof decks and outdoor gathering and gardening spaces - a “habitat” for living indoors and out.
The idea of creating loft living in both new and renovated houses was the concept behind the Leschi, the Menish and the Meyer houses.
The Leschi house was a basic builder-burger house built with stock plans. The house was gutted, a new metal bedroom box inserted into the south side. The result is a spacious open 2 story space with roof decks, outdoor patio and veggie garden – a close to urban “habitat” for living.
Compounds and clusters are also desirable living models like the Langley Boathouse project illustrated above.