Positioning Your New Home for Light, Privacy, and Styleby Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Positioning Your New Home
When building a new house, there is quite a bit to consider regarding materials, design, and everything in between. In fact, it’s quite overwhelming, and making all of those decisions can be difficult – which is why we so often hire professionals to do the job, is it not? Yet there are something things which are so personal that by their very nature it comes down to you and your preferences as far as what is to be done; one of those things is the positioning of your home on your land. It’s placement and orientation impacts everything from the utilitarian to the aesthetic.
First comes light. If you’re like most people, then light and lighting is arguably one of the most important aspects of your house, one that affects mood, look, and practically every element of your aesthetic design from room layout to choice in color palette. This includes where you are placing your indoor and outdoor lighting as, obviously, this impacts how light interacts with you and your home during the nighttime, but consider also that lighting is important during the day as well, during which time your lighting primarily comes from the sun. Thus, determining whether or not you want a north-sound facing house, so that it will be relatively dark, or an east-west facing house, for maximum natural sunlight, is an important choice to make, and in fact one that will impact the rest of your decisions regarding your home’s placement.
The Right to Privacy
You also need to keep in mind how you want your landscape to interact with your house – or not interact, as it were. Depending on the placement of trees, bushes, hills, embankments, and so on, you can actually have a considerable amount of privacy on your property and in your home. On the other hand, you might want a more “open,” sunny space, in which case privacy won’t be something you enjoy very often. This comes down to personal preference as well as how populated your immediate area is, but it is certainly worth considering when looking at your layout as a whole.
There are, of course, other things to consider in your home’s positioning, including any restrictions placed on your home and property based on neighborhood or municipal requirements, or just the physical limitations of your plot. Most of this can be worked on within the legal confines of your property and your architect’s creativity, but that means open communication and a willingness to get creative yourself!