I've done the reading on orientation etc and had it in my mind that we needed either a north facing back or side yard (side only on a wide enough block)
But now that its coming time to throw some money down on a block there are a few really good value options on the other side of the road (ie, north facing front yard, south backyard.)
Is it really the end of the world to have a block with a south backyard? I mean someone has to have them, there are lots out there! We're talking a difference of over 100m2 for very little difference in price so despite having ruled them out before solely based on orientation I just keep coming back to them.
The house plan we are considering could be positioned to have no windows on the west wall. Would that be enough to compensate for the less than optimal orientation?