Architects look for five things that they believe will deliver lifestyle and returns to home buyers over the long term. Here they are:
A home with a backyard positioned to the north allows for the living area to be placed to the back of the home and to receive direct sunlight. You can easily control direct sunlight coming from the north – allow it in during winter and keep it out during the summer.
This orientation also allows for easy access to the outdoor area from the living areas, allowing you to maximise the use of your outdoor areas as part of your living spaces.
2. Air Flow
The type of window determines the amount of ventilation a house gets. Awning windows allow for limited ventilation compared to a casement window or louvers. Noise from outside the house, such as heavy traffic, can prevent the window from being used to let air in and out of the house.
A home with good cross ventilation would not heavily depend on air conditioner during the hotter months and would have a lower chance of getting mould. This will make the home a healthier place to live in the long term.
3. Flexible Layout and Structure
Homeowners will likely want to make alterations or renovations sooner or later. Any home improvement project will be carried out without fuss if the house has an adaptable layout and structure.
It is essential that bathrooms and kitchens are placed in the right areas of the house. Otherwise, you may be looking at complex and expensive projects to move the bathroom or kitchen to a place that will better serve you and your family.
4. Character and Integrity
Pay attention to low quality renovations if you are looking to purchase an older house. These may reduce the value of the property because of the amount of work that needs to be done to fix the badly planned and badly constructed owner build projects.
Alternatively, don’t be quick to turn your back on a house that is small due to the lack of improvements but well maintained. These houses can offer potential. Homes with high ceilings will appear larger than it is and will be cooler, especially in summer.
If you are looking at new builds, watch out for the quality of workmanship and ask questions to gather more information about it.
Consider the impact of the properties that are located to the one you are considering. Do they darken your entire backyard and make it gloomy and humid year round? Will they prevent you from making renovations or makeovers of your property in the future?
These factors can significantly affect your lifestyle, if you decide to live there, and cannot be easily changed to suit your needs. These are the things to you need to pay more attention to – not furnishings or paint colours that may not likely be there in the years to come.
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