Facing the right direction for success

Ysabella SalisburyThe West Australian
Custom build by Milford Homes in Bicton.
Camera IconCustom build by Milford Homes in Bicton. Credit: Supplied.

Capturing a great view may be the obvious reason for determining a home’s orientation, but there are other factors to take into consideration that provide important benefits.

As well as a glorious vista, seeking more natural light, increasing the energy efficiency of the home or improving access to the property all rely on the home’s orientation.

Milford Homes Managing Director Peter Harding said the orientation was dictated to some extent by what value the homebuilder placed on the different benefits that could be achieved.

He said finding a balance between design features and functionality when deciding how best to orientate your home was the way to go.

“If you are specifically considering the energy efficiency of a home, typically a north-facing orientation with roof eaves is preferred for homes in the Southern Hemisphere, as it allows for maximum sunlight in winter and protection from the heat in summer,” Mr Harding said.

“Having longer walls facing north will maximise the warmth and light from the sun during winter, while keeping it protected from the harsh sun during summer.”

Mr Harding said for most builds, clients prioritised the views and outlooks they desired to capture.

“In these instances, it’s important to draw on other ways of ensuring the home is still energy-efficient; having the least impact on the environment.”

With the orientation of a home also potentially affecting its value, Mr Harding said it was important to fully understand what you wanted from your new home and the impact of the orientation choice.

“Make sure you are dealing with a builder who is experienced in considering all impacting factors,” he said.

“I think it’s important to find a good balance of design features that make your home look attractive to you, while providing functionality based on your living needs and lifestyle and takes into consideration potential impacts on the environment,” he said.

CONTACT Milford Homes, 9303 4493, www.milfordhomes.com.au

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