“Last spring, I spent a weekend with my family in an experimental house that was decked out to test drive some very high-end design and technology innovations. After my stint in the Project:LIFE house on the outskirts of Sheffield, one test family of four – the Parnells – moved in for a six-month study, which ended in January.
During this time, the company behind the project, David Wilson Homes, and a team of researchers, monitored the Parnells and the different ways they used the house.
James Wilson, the company’s development director, wanted to find out how people lived in their homes. It’s something all builders should think about, but the subject hasn’t been given much thought since the 1920s.”