Choosing The Best Home Orientation For Your Site

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May 01, 2017
Choosing The Best Home Orientation For A New Home NZ

Many of us grew up in older homes where the sunniest room in the house was the bathroom or the laundry! Fortunately these days we are a lot more aware of the importance of getting sun into the parts of our homes that we spend the most time in. At Fraemohs, we consider helping our clients with choosing a building site and offering advice on which of our home plans will work best on their section are essential parts of our service.

When selecting where to position your home on your section, you need to consider a number of factors including:

+ The topography of your site;
+ The prevailing wind direction;
+ The room layout you want to achieve;
+ Access to the site from the street; and
+ Where outdoor living areas will be positioned.


Best home orientation
Home orientation is crucial and needs to factor in a range of less obvious factors, including the vege garden!


In general to achieve the best orientation for passive home heating, your living, family and dining rooms should face north. You want these rooms to be the lightest and sunniest rooms in your home.

The most suitable use for east-facing rooms is as kitchen and breakfast rooms as they benefit from early morning sun throughout the year, but will be cooler in the late afternoon when you are cooking your evening meal.

Clients often ask as for all the bedrooms in their homes to have sun but sometimes this is not possible, or desirable. For example, bedrooms that face the east will be cooler in the late afternoon and evening, making them more comfortable for summer sleeping, especially for children who tend to go to bed when the sun is still up.

West-facing rooms get low angled late afternoon sun and require some shading to prevent overheating and glare. Meanwhile, south-facing rooms receive the least light and are best suited for use as bathrooms, laundries and garages.

Our team can assist you choose the best home orientation solution for your site by talking to you about who will be using the different rooms of the house and at what times of the day. Finding out whether you prefer morning or evening sun in the master bedroom is just one example of how we can help you choose the best plan for your site, and suggest any plan modifications to tailor your home to the way you live.

Carl, one of our consultants, has built an awesome app that allows us to instantly do a site plan and place one of our home plans on the site, mirroring it and rotating it.  If you have some land and are looking at building, get in touch with us and we can show you how it works.

Have you read our guides to building a new home? They’re a great starting point and provide quality answers to real questions. Why not have a look at the Architectural Homes Guide, or, the Kitset Homes Guide?