Latest on heating, cooling and renewable energy systems in Spain

Couple in front of open fire

This is a hot topic because energy prices are rising, climate change is an increasing threat, people want to lower their carbon footprint, legislation is becoming tighter, and the market is demanding more comfortable homes. Here is a quick summary of what we are advising our clients to use in standard situations. We find eachContinue reading

Spanish villa designs: Inspiration for your new home in the sun

Swimming pools are common in Spanish villa designs

While you’ve likely already got plenty of ideas about what your dream home in Spain looks like, it’s important to research plenty of Spanish villa designs before making your final decision. While you can rely on Eco Vida Homes to design your villa with energy efficiency in mind (as well as advise on the aesthetics),Continue reading

5 elegant villa designs custom built to the owners’ lifestyles

Salobrena House exterior

The best villa designs are those that put the owner at the forefront and revolve around their lifestyle. That’s why Eco Vida Homes is an architect in Spain that prides itself on going above and beyond to deliver luxurious, energy-efficient homes. Whether your villa design ideas demand rooftop parking, a basement cinema, or a specialContinue reading

Healthy Home Design for Children

A Home for bringing up children

When we are designing a home that children might grow up in there are one or two things we should bear in mind. In some ways building a house can be a metaphor for nurturing a child’s development. When you design and build a house you only have one go at laying the foundations andContinue reading

Healthy Paints and Varnishes

Sustainable paints Spain

In this short article I give an overview of the key issues. It’s a huge subject and this is a brief summary. #healthyhousedesign There are two key aspects: 1. The toxins and VOCs emitted by some paints are bad for your health 2. The “sustainability” of the materials and their manufacture could form part ofContinue reading

Ergonomics and Healthy Villa Design

ergonomics #healthyhousedesign

“Ergonomics” what does it mean? Good ergonomics is kind of making everything fit both physically and psychologically. For example in a traffic jam the cars don’t fit. You could say the ergonomics of the road design are bad. A human skeleton has to fit an office chair – that’s ergonomics. In your kitchen design thinkContinue reading

Plants and a Healthy Villa Design

House plants and well-being

“Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” : Hans Christian Andersen Plants are nature’s eco-friendly living air purifiers with scientific evidence to back this up. So plants should be part of your #healthyhousedesign. Why? Plants re-balance the carbon / oxygen mix Modern construction techniques are making homes increasinglyContinue reading

Design for Healthy Acoustics

design for acoustic comfort

Healthy acoustics is certainly taken very seriously in the work place. Studies show that in well-designed acoustic environments students study more effectively, patients recover faster, productivity improves, and stress is reduced. #healthyhousedesign The human ear developed in a natural environment mainly to warn us of danger and understand speech. The modern environment presents many challengesContinue reading

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