If you ask most people, they’d rather vacation on a beach than in front of TV in an air conditioned room with the blinds closed. Why is it, then, that our home life is so completely focused on indoor space. When thoughtfully designed, an outdoor area can become an “outdoor room”, as functional as any indoor room. Outdoor rooms can be the most luxurious spaces and cost the least to build. What’s more, when you’re outside, you aren’t burning fuels to heat or cool the inside. Your also breathing outdoor air and most likely doing some exercise. Nauhaus designs include indoor and outdoor rooms and the transitions between them.
What do you consider to be the basic necessities of life? There is some grey area and subjectivity here, but everyone’s basics have to include shelter, water, and food. When building a house (shelter), no one thinks twice about installing plumbing (water), but what about food? In our modern world it’s more common for a house to have two microwaves and three TVs than a single edible plant. Dollar for dollar, installation of a beautiful edible landscape is the best investment you can make. If you don’t want to maintain edibles, hire the same person who was going to mow your lawn to pick your blueberries and plant your tomatoes. You might even be able to barter your excess production for the maintenance chores. We don’t see edibles as an option, each Nauhaus incorporates edible plants into its basic design.
Though living in the country makes sense for some lifestyles, for most of us it really doesn’t. The less we need to drive, the better for our health and the less air pollution we’ll create. Downsides to city life are noise, light pollution, a lack of access to plant and animal life, and the fact that so much needs to be trucked in. By focusing on abundant edible landscapes, natural habitats for animals, plant fences, water features, and any of a number of other design elements, we can have the best of both worlds: walking or biking access to commerce, jobs, and social life within the nurturing embrace of a fully developed, food-producing ecosystem. The full realization of the Nauhaus concept includes all of these elements.