Re: New house floor plan advice please.22
Jul 05, 2017 9:55 am
Thanks for your awesome feedback so far, the amount of light in the living room was also a concern of ours, we do need to try and get some light into the alfresco also.
Thanks for posting here. I wish more people would, so they'd end up with thoughtful, well designed houses, not energy hogging mcmansions.
I'm sorry to say that my comments about your plan won't be very positive, but I hope you'll have a good think about them & hopefully end up with a more efficient house. It's hard to make out some if you're plan on my phone, so I won't talk about individual rooms, just the general layout.
Unfortunately, I agree with MandM+4, the orientation of your house is all wrong. Orientation should be a very high priority in any build. Getting it right will greatly increase comfort & greatly lower energy bills. It's all explained on this extremely informative government website, I'd recommend reading a lot of this site,
Briefly, this site explains that in Australia ,the sun moves across the northern sky. So we should locate rooms that require sunlight to the north, namely our living areas (& a large proportion of our glazing). As the sun is lower in the sky in winter these northern windows will let in abundant sunshine in winter, while these windows will be shaded by eaves in summer, when the sun is higher in the sky.
Rooms that can be cooler & require less sunlight, namely bedrooms can be located to the south.
As eaves are ineffective at shading western (& eastern) windows, these windows should be minimized & rarely used rooms should be located here. Namely, garages, laundries & bathrooms, guest rooms. Bedrooms shouldn't be orientated to the west, they will be unbearably hot in summer!
So what does this all mean for your plans? Your lucky you have a large block, orientated so that living areas can face north, & receive winter sun. So I'd,
- MOVE LIVING AREAS TO THE NE CORNER. Stretch your living areas out along the northern side of the house. They'll be much lighter & warmer in winter. The added advantage will be that your extremely long entry hallway will be shorter.
- MOVE THE MASTER AWAY FROM THE WEST. This bedroom, with its large W facing window, will get very hot on summer evenings. If you have a rarely used guest bedroom, or a study, I'd locate it here. I'd move the master to the SE corner, if you're happy to have it out back. I'd relocate all other bedrooms to the south side. Bathrooms & laundry on south side too.
- BUILD AS CLOSE TO THE S BOUNDARY AS POSSIBLE. Will you be overshadowed by a northern neighbour? Building close to the southern boundary & leaving more space to the N will help minimize overshadowing.
Re: New house floor plan advice please.23
Jul 05, 2017 10:12 am
Thanks for your feedback, this is what we wanted, we dont want to design a house that costs a bomb to heat/cool.
Any feedback is awesome, so thank you.
Agree with what you say about the master bedroom, its going to get very hot during summer, we may need to swap it with the study.
Its a little difficult to build very close to the southern boundary due to the shape of the block, our living rooms shouldnt be blocked by our northern neighbour.
Really appreciate the feedback here!
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