ONLINE SHELTERMAKER COURSE

The Sheltermaker's Journey follows the path of life itself ....

The Sheltermaker’s Journey follows the path of life itself ….

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Cloughjordan EcoVillage Workshop

Cloughjordan EcoVillage Workshop

The Online Sheltermaker Course offers a unique opportunity for participating Students to create viable natural building designs to support their unique living needs.
Course material consists of the 2 volumes of The Sheltermaker’s Manual containing the unique and proven Sheltermaker Design Programme which is supported by pre-formatted Worksheets.
Tuition consists of 5 Segments, delivered via the internet at one month intervals over a 5 month period. These consist of an exclusive 1 hour video overview of the topics to be covered in each Segment along with insights and recommendations as to how a Student can most benefit from the work to be carried out.
Students have 3 weeks to carry out the design work relative to each Segment and to prepare their Assignments which are submitted to tutor Peter Cowman via the internet.
Students will receive individual written Reports on their submitted Assignments within a week, delivered over the internet. These will be configured to assist Students in achieving the objective of evolving a design suited to their stated desires and needs.
A Question & Answer eMail facility will be available to Students within the Course timeframe.
Students can also exercise the option of having One2One Videophone, or telephone Mentoring with tutor Peter Cowman on their projects, if they so wish.
No previous experience of design or construction is needed to participate and benefit from this unique Course, nor is it a requirement that Students have land available to them to build on. A positive attitude and a commitment to the process is all that is required.
Students must follow the designated Course sequence and submit their Assignments as specified within each Segment.
Certificates will be issued to Students on successful completion of the Course.

Do you have a question about the Course?

Contact Peter Cowman HERE

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Living Architecture - timber framed, cedar clad yoga studio

Living Architecture – timber framed, cedar clad yoga studio


COURSE FEES, PAYMENT & ENROLMENT
€350 or equivalent

Fees can be paid by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, Money Order or cheque.
Course Fees include The Sheltermaker’s Manual, The Sheltermaker Design Programme, pre-formatted Worksheets, Tuition, Q&A Facility and Individual Assignment Reports.
Optional 90 min. One2One Skype Videophone or landline telephone Sheltermaker Mentoring with Peter Cowman cost €75 or equivalent per session. There will be an extra charge for Mentoring delivered to mobile phones.
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Credit card payment €350

PayPal payments should be forwarded to livingarchitecture at eircom.net and should include a postal address

Euro bank transfer payments should be lodged to:
Bank of Ireland
Carrick-on-Shannon
Sort Code: 905336
Account Number: 67485479
IBAN: IE42BOFI90533667485479
Students should contact the Living Architecture Centre when payment has been made indicating their postal address.

Money Order or cheques should be made payable to Peter Cowman and forwarded to:
Ardlougher
Drumsna
Co. Leitrim
Ireland
Students should include their postal address with payment.
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Upon receipt of fees Students will receive via post, the 2 volumes of The Sheltermaker’s Manual.
Segment 1 material will be forwarded via the internet simultaneously.

Living Architecture - timber framed, cedar clad yoga studio

Living Architecture – timber framed, cedar clad yoga studio

COURSE DATE STRUCTURE

Realistically, six months is required to develop a viable design. The work involved can easily be accommodated into even the busiest schedule.

Segment 1 material mailout and Sheltermaker’s Manual postal dispatch.
Assignment 1 submission 3 weeks later
Segment 2 material mailout+Assignment 1 Report – 1 month after Segment 1 mailout
Assignment 2 submission 3 weeks after Segment 2 mailout
Segment 3 material mailout+Assignment 2 Report – 1 month after Segment 2 mailout
Assignment 3 submission 3 weeks after Segment 3 mailout
Segment 4 material mailout+Assignment 3 Report – 1 month after Segment 3 mailout
Assignment 4 submission 3 weeks after Segment 4 mailout
Segment 5 material mailout+Assignment 4 Report – 1 month after Segment 4 mailout
Assignment 5 submission 3 weeks after Segment 5 mailout
Assignment 5 Report 1 month after Segment 4 mailout

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COURSE SEGMENTS & ASSIGNMENTS

Segment 1
Complete the Sheltermaker Design Programme Steps: 1 – 15
Step 1 Starting Off
Step 2 Drawing Up A List Of Spaces
Step 3 Assembling Design & Style Information
Step 4 Analysing Your Chosen Spaces
Step 5 Analysing Regular Household Activities
Step 6 Getting Organised
Step 7 Setting Out Your Budget
Step 8 Assembling Furniture & Equipment Measurements
Step 9 Drawing
Step 10 Making Drawings
Step 11 Making Scaled Drawings
Step 12 Creating Furniture & Equipment Models
Step 13 Creating Space Mock-Ups
Step 14 Estimating Total Floor Area
Step 15 Surveying

Assignment 1
Submit copies of List of Spaces, Budget and Floor Area Worksheets, 3 weeks after receiving Segment 1 materials.
If renovating or designing an extension to an existing building submit Survey information also.

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Segment 2
Delivered 1 month after Segment 1
Complete the Sheltermaker Design Programme Steps: 16 – 27
Step 16 Understanding The Principles of Building Structures
Step 17 Distinguishing Between The Types of Building Structure
Step 18 The Role of Foundations
Step 19 Taking On Board Compliance With The Building Regulations
Step 20 Environment
Step 21 Introduction To Heating & Ventilation
Step 22 The Role Of Air & Water In Heating & Ventilation
Step 23 Heat Losses & Heat Gains; Thermal Mass & Insulation
Step 24 Measurements & Calculations
Step 25 Passive Solar Design
Step 26 Fuels & Systems
Step 27 Reviewing Your Work

Assignment 2
Submit copies of Environment, Heating & Ventilation and Construction Worksheets 3 weeks after receiving Segment 2 materials.

EconoSpace frame and windcharger at sunset

EconoSpace frame and windcharger at sunset

Segment 3
Delivered 1 month after Segment 2
Complete the Sheltermaker Design Programme Steps 28 – 37
Step 28 Understanding Timber
Step 29 Wood – The Facts
Step 30 Wood – Technical Facts & Figures
Step 31 Choosing Other Materials & Products
Step 32 Choosing A Construction System
Step 33 Services – Plumbing
Step 34 Services – Drainage
Step 35 Services – Electrical
Step 36 Planning Regulations
Step 37 Building Regulations

Assignment 3
Submit copies of Construction, Plumbing, Drainage, Electrical Worksheets 3 weeks after receiving Segment 3 materials.

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Segment 4
Delivered 1 month after Segment 3
Complete the Sheltermaker Design Programme Steps 38 – 44
Step 38 Site Analysis
Step 39 Brief Appraisal
Step 40 The Sun Path
Step 41 Circulation
Step 42 Developing A Layout
Step 43 Costing Your Design
Step 44 Finalising Your Sketch Design

Assignment 4
Submit Site Analysis information.
Develop and configure your design and submit 3 weeks after receiving Segment 4 materials.

Create your own Living Architecture

Create your own Living Architecture

Segment 5
Delivered 1 month after Segment 4
Complete the Sheltermaker Design Programme Steps 45 – 49
Step 45 Creating Planning Drawings
Step 46 Making The Planning Application
Step 47 Preparing Working Drawings
Step 48 Constructing Your Design
Step 49 Living In Your Architecture

Assignment 5
Refine your design and submit 3 weeks after receiving Segment 5 materials.
Students will receive a Report a week after submission of their Segment 5 Assignment

Assignment 5+
Oftentimes, a student will wish to extend the tutorial support into the construction phase of their projects. This can be facilitated by arrangement with Peter Cowman.

Living Architecture - cedar-clad eco-cabins

Living Architecture – cedar-clad eco-cabins

The Sheltermaker's Journey follows the path of life itself ....

The Sheltermaker’s Journey follows the path of life itself ….

The Sheltermaker Design Programme

Everyone has ideas about how houses should be designed, about their style, construction, layout and so on. All this knowledge will prove invaluable as a person develops their unique design. The Manual’s Sheltermaker Design Programme offers the safest path to follow on a sheltermaking journey. This has been created after much thought and effort and in consultation with those who have already followed this path. When a person does this their creative energies will be freed to tackle the real work in hand, allowing them to make the best possible use of their time and energy.

The Programme is set out as a series of Steps which facilitate the creation of a properly balanced design that takes full account of a person’s desired objectives, harmonising these with the larger world. Supporting Worksheets can be downloaded from: livingarchitecturecentre.com

The Programme not only facilitates the design and construction of sustainable shelter but also functions as a self-developmental tool allowing a person to create a paper-based design which can assist inquiry into a person’s life journey. The Programme also supports the insertion of external supporting material which can be introduced at the relevant Steps in the Programme.

    SHELTERMAKER DESIGN PROGRAMME STEPS

  • Starting Off
  • Drawing Up A List Of Spaces
  • Assembling Design & Style Information
  • Analysing Your Chosen Spaces
  • Analysing Regular Household Activities
  • Getting Organised
  • Setting Out Your Budget
  • Assembling Furniture & Equipment Measurements
  • Drawing
  • Making Drawings
  • Making Scaled Drawings
  • Creating Furniture & Equipment Models
  • Creating Space Mock-Ups
  • Estimating Total Floor Area
  • Surveying
  • Understanding The Principles of Building Structures
  • Distinguishing Between The Types of Building Structure
  • The Role of Foundations
  • Taking On Board Compliance With The Building Regulations
  • Environment
  • Introduction To Heating & Ventilation
  • The Role Of Air & Water In Heating & Ventilation
  • Heat Losses & Heat Gains; Thermal Mass & Insulation
  • Measurements & Calculations
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Fuels & Systems
  • Reviewing Your WorkUnderstanding Timber
  • Wood – The Facts
  • Wood – Technical Facts & Figures
  • Choosing Other Materials & Products
  • Choosing A Construction SystemServices – Plumbing
  • Services – Drainage
  • Services – Electrical
  • Planning Regulations
  • Building Regulations
  • Site Analysis
  • Brief Appraisal
  • The Sun Path
  • Circulation
  • Developing A Layout
  • Costing Your Design
  • Finalising Your Sketch Design
  • Creating Planning Drawings
  • Making The Planning Application
  • Preparing Working Drawings
  • Constructing Your Design
  • Living In Your Architecture

What Sheltermakers have to say about their use of the Manual …

‘To give over control of your house design to someone else is asking for trouble’

‘It’s wonderful to have a home that has been specially designed to
meet your needs and lifestyle’

‘Living space is just that – it’s part of who you are and how you feel’

‘I can’t imagine building a house and allowing someone else to tell
you what your needs and wants must be!

‘I feel I would be fit to face almost any challenge in the future’

‘I loved the design process and found that I was good at it!’

‘I feel that quality of my life has increased’

‘Made me more aware of the space I am in’

‘I realised nobody else can live our life’

‘I believe that there is not another way’

‘I feel contentment for hours on end’

‘I love my home and coming home’

‘Lots of feelgood factor’

‘A very empowering experience’

‘A bit like giving birth’

‘A great sense of achievement’

‘Shook up lots of assumptions’

‘Very fulfilling’

‘The right thing to do’

‘Fulfilling’

‘Wonderful’

Watch and listen to some of these comments being said!

People Living Their Architecture

There are many hidden aspects to the process of ‘sheltermaking’. Peter Cowman refers to these as the ‘invisible architecture’. Unseen yet powerful in their effect, one will ignore these at one’s peril!

We are invited to think of this invisible architecture not just in terms of physical buildings but also in terms of our dream world and the lives we have to live. When we become aware of the power of this ‘living of one’s architecture’ we are presented with a dynamic tool for practical change in our lives. With its roots in Sacred Geometry, Feng Shui and Vastu Shastra traditions this Manual will forever change how we think of architecture, houses and even ourselves!

Building on the firm foundation laid down in Volume 1 this volume deals with the selection of appropriate materials and their assembly. Also covered are plumbing, drainage and electrical services, planning and site selection, and, the all important layout when the plan is assembled. Costing and the preparation of planning and working drawings are covered also.

The Sheltermaker’s Manual has evolved from the unique Be Your Own Architect Courses which were first presented in 1989. Written in an accessible and practical style and featuring over 900 illustrations, the Manual reveals information not previously available on the subject of house design. Between those lovely covers is all the information you need to know about houses and even architecture in general!

Drawing on the experience of homes that have been designed and built utilising the Manual’s unique Design Programme, this invaluable resource facilitates the development of affordable, practical and versatile design solutions for both new as well as existing houses. Details of completed projects are included in the Manual, plus information on the EconoSpace, a unique low-cost eco-building featuring the original peter-post framing system.

With its emphasis on the positive, the practical and the affordable, the Sheltermaker’s Manual also offers people the opportunity to understand the hidden psychological aspects of ‘home’. Such ‘intangibles’ are utilised as a means of exploring ones’ inner self in an effort to uncover ‘the dream house within’. On this level, the Manual operates as a self-development tool, allowing people to resolve personal life issues, oftentimes without the need, or expense, of building at all! So, you don’t have to want to build in order to justify buying this book. You need it to inform yourself and to understand how our houses can assist us in achieving a sustainable way-of-life.

The Manual’s Design Programme clearly sets out the unique and proven design methodology – when the process of planning, investigating, costing and decision-making has been completed, only then is the plan of the building put together. This is in contrast to normal design practice where the plan is the first thing that is created which can lead to insurmountable problems, as can be witnessed in many professionally designed homes. The Manual’s unique Design Programme structure also facilitates the importation of outside information into the design equation.

Chapters

1. Introduction
2. The Brief
3. Measurement
4. Drawings & Models
5. Space Mock-Ups
6. Surveying
7. Structure
8. Environment
9. Heating & Ventilation
10. Timberfile
11. Materials & Products
12. Construction
13. Building Services
14. Planning & Building Regs
15. Site Selection & Analysis
16. Layout.
17. Costing
18. Planning & Working Drawings

Plus, 64 Worksheets to assist you in formulating your design

COURSE FEES, PAYMENT & ENROLEMENT
€350 or equivalent

Fees can be paid by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, Money Order or cheque.
Course Fees include The Sheltermaker’s Manual, The Sheltermaker Design Programme, pre-formatted Worksheets, Tuition, Q&A Facility and Individual Assignment Reports.
Optional 90 min. One2One Skype Videophone or landline telephone Mentoring with Peter Cowman cost €75 or equivalent per session. There will be an extra charge for Mentoring delivered to mobile phones.
DOWNLOAD DETAILS OF ONLINE SHELTERMAKER COURSE

Credit card payment €350

PayPal payments should be forwarded to livingarchitecture at eircom.net and should include a postal address

Euro bank transfer payments should be lodged to:
Bank of Ireland
Carrick-on-Shannon
Sort Code: 905336
Account Number: 67485479
IBAN: IE42BOFI90533667485479
Students should contact the Living Architecture Centre when payment has been made indicating their postal address.

Money Order or cheques should be made payable to Peter Cowman and forwarded to:
Ardlougher
Drumsna
Co. Leitrim
Ireland
Students should include their postal address with payment.

Upon receipt of fees Students will receive via post, the 2 volumes of The Sheltermaker’s Manual.
Segment 1 material will be forwarded via the internet simultaneously.

Do you have a question about the Course?

Contact Peter Cowman HERE

DOWNLOAD DETAILS OF THE COURSE