DIY Tips And Advice

How To Make The Most Of The Seasons In Your Home

     

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 the day.

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 your home.

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.

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