in describing the problem of poorly designed houses across North America, Slow Home Studio points out, “…like fast food. A fast house is a standardized, mass produced commodity that has been designed to attract our attention, ignite our desire, and give the illusion of value as much if not more than it`s been designed as a place to live. This lack of attention to the fundamentals of good design makes a fast house difficult to live in and hard on the environment.”
They go on to describe their findings from their survey of design quality of over 4600 new residential properties in nine North American cities, “we discovered that 57% were badly designed fast houses. The situation was most critical in the single family house category where 78% of the properties were fast houses. We believe that homes are too emotionally significant, have too large an environmental footprint, and represent too significant a financial investment for this kind of institutionalized bad design to continue unchecked.
A Slow Home is the antithesis of this too-fast mindset. It`s a house that has been designed to be more personally satisfying, environmentally responsible, and economically reasonable. The design decisions in a Slow Home are made according to a set of guiding principles that put the long term benefits to the home-owner and the environment at the forefront.”