Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jumby Bay Island Aerial

This is a new aerial photograph taken last June of Jumby Bay Island located off Antigua, West Indies.  This is a private Island we have been involved in the planning and design of since 1983.  Please visit our earlier post describing our history with the Island.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Custom Motorhome Design

Some architects today are interested in tiny houses or mini-apartments.  The RV industry has been producing tiny houses for years, some of which people live in full time. I have an RV.  As an architect finding a suitable RV can be problematic, not the least because most RV interiors can be best described as "tacky".  So this is a design of a motor home for me if I could have a custom one made.

Most RV's are designed to sleep lots of people and therefore some things have to be multifunctional, usually compromising any one function.  An example would be dinettes.  For a dinette to be convertible to a bed usually results in it being very uncomfortable as a dinette because the seat cushions and backs have to be flat.  A growing segment of the RV market will be retirees who do not need to sleep 6-8 people.  Other design problems are small kitchens with no counter space for meal preparation (especially when your housing 6 people), and impossibly small showers.

This design is essentially a 152 sf tiny house.  The main seating area is at the back since in most situations you back into parking spaces.  This way you get the best view and privacy.  The bed is a loft easily accessible up stepped storage cabinets.  The kitchen has a long counter.  The bath is nearly all shower with a Plexiglas divider protecting the toilet and towels from water spray.

The idea is for this design to be made out of readily available RV parts and components.  It is a mobile tiny house that is very livable -- especially for one person.  Anyone want to have one made?

Click here to see an alternative to this design with a rear bath.

Class"B" designs can be seen here and here

See the article about this design on