Home design suitable for the whole family – South Coast Herald

Your home is where you leave each day in the world and where you return to rest and recuperate. This is where memories are made, where each member of the family can be themselves and feel completely at ease.

A well-designed home should accommodate years of love and growth, keeping pace with all the changes that families go through. So rather than spending your budget on what you need to fill a space, you should focus on creating spaces of appropriate sizes and making sure they connect effortlessly to each other.

Materials, fittings and finishes should be selected for durability and low maintenance.

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Orientation

Natural daylight boosts health and well-being, so the first step to creating a home that functions well and promotes happiness is to have most rooms in your home facing north. As an added bonus, using natural sunlight and wind to heat and cool your home will result in continued lower energy bills.

North-facing rooms will have the most natural light as the sun moves from east to west during the day. However, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to have all rooms facing north, so you need to prioritize your living areas – and bedrooms, if possible. If you cannot position them to face north, you may be able to access northern sunlight through roof mounted skylights.

Use roof overhangs and exterior landscaping to provide shade and shelter on hot summer days and allow the winter sun to warm your interiors. Eaves and awnings will exclude midday sun in the summer, and screens and awnings can be adjusted for horizontal morning and afternoon sun.

Privacy

Your home is your castle, so you need to design it in a way that maintains privacy and security.

  • Windows should be located where you can keep an eye on the street as well as your back garden. This simple daily road monitoring will improve overall safety.
  • A small entrance hall will hide the rest of your home from the main entrance. You can confidently open the door to anyone and decide if they should see more of your home.
  • As the size of properties decreases, it is more difficult to exclude your neighbors. Position windows with this in mind and perhaps place pergolas and awnings to provide privacy for your garden, bedrooms and living areas.

Communication

In young and growing families, parents often have to carry out daily chores while keeping an eye on the children.

  • Make sure your kitchen has a good view of internal and external play areas, including the pool if you have one.
  • Create an office area near the kitchen. This helps with supervising computer use and homework, and will give you a place to keep calendars, school notes, and other regularly required information.
  • Create casual spaces where family members can gather while you get things done.
  • Creating an AV connection between levels is convenient in a two-story home.

Functional

Even in a small house, it is possible to ensure that the available space is functional.

  • Create rooms with simple shapes that are easy to furnish. Draw furniture to size on floor plans to determine window and door positions.
  • Create multifunctional rooms. You may be able to use the edges and corners of rooms as more intimate spaces, including day beds, reading nooks, or a desk.

Declutter

With modern open-plan living designs, kitchens are exposed, so keeping them clutter-free is essential.

If your home doesn’t have room for a butler’s pantry, consider installing a pull-out pantry that slides out of the cabinet. Then you can easily access the content and close it when a quick cleanup is needed.

Review the regular activities of family members – especially when leaving and arriving home. For example, where do you put your luggage and charge your devices? Create storage solutions that hide these activities. For example, power outlets inside closets are ideal for charging cell phones and tablets out of sight.

Bedrooms

When your kids are young, it’s handy to have them near your bedroom. However, you may not always want taller children next door. If space permits, an office near the master bedroom can be used as a nursery while the children are small.

Kids tend to stay home longer these days so it makes sense to size their bedroom at 3.2m x 3.2m plus their built-in closets. This will comfortably accommodate a single bed and a desk.

Resale

A remodeled or newly built home is a great opportunity to shape your space exactly how you want it. However, designing a functional and durable family home that will appeal to multiple families will help you sell quickly for a good price when the time comes.

Because tastes and trends change over time, it’s usually best to go for a mid-range when it comes to permanent installations. Add personal touches to your finishes and upholstery, which can easily be changed over the years.

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