Whether you’re renovating or purchasing a new home, the position of the
rooms is very important as to how your home functions. By having a well
positioned home, you can save money on heating, cooling and lighting.
Here’s an easy-to-follow guide to help you work out which rooms to position
where in your home:
North – This is side of your home that will be warmer in
winter. The north side is generally the best place to have living areas and
rooms that you use the most.
South – This is the coolest side, so it’s generally the
best place for bedrooms in warmer climates, or rooms that you don’t use during
East – This side is where you’ll receive morning sun, so
it’s a great idea to have your kitchen or bedrooms on this side so you can
enjoy a relaxing breakfast in the sunlight.
West – Since this is the direction the sun sets, the
western side of your home is more likely to get hot in the afternoon. This is a
great area to place rooms that you don’t use often, such as your bathroom,
garage or laundry.
You can also make the most of the sun within your home by having eaves part
of the roof. In summer, eaves will shade your walls and windows from the sun –
and in winter when the sun is at a lower angle, the eaves will let the sun into
When you’re working out the orientation of your home, always keep the amount
of glass you have in mind. Glass looks great, but it can turn your home into an
oven in summer and an igloo in winter, so make sure whatever you decide, works
for you and your family.