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The design of your house is a very important matter when building a home. And, by using the right building plans, you can save a considerable amount of money. It is possible to build an effective home by using the right design and construction process.  If you are thinking of applying for building permits to execute a specific building plan, then you should take time to evaluate the suitability of options available.

The choice of plans has direct influence on whether or not your home will become cool and hospitable especially in summer. You might think of installing air-conditioners, but the most effective way to regulate house temperatures is to design the interior to enhance coolness.

The secret to a comfortable living home

Each year thousands of homes are built in Australia. Sadly, most of them can be labelled “hot boxes” because designers and home builders used ineffective building plans. Most builders ignore the solar aspect and the orientation of the home. To help you maximize on the design of homes and businesses and avoid hot homes, we suggest that you do the following.

1)    Select a South facing land orientation – this allows the outdoor living area to face North East, thus making it ideal for outdoor living and outdoor activities.

2)    Choose home design for land block – majority of home plans typically vouch for north orientation. However, you can choose the East, West, or even South orientation.

3)    Minimize heat transfer- you can achieve this by eliminating ordinary windows and using high under eave windows, double glazing, or cool glazing in permanent windows.

4)      Construct high pitched roofs- these are effective in reflecting heat away and holding more volume of air which has an insulating effect. Besides that, it will also maximize the harvesting of rain water.

5)      Reduce Size of roofing facing West – a west facing block can lower temperatures and make the home cooler. With a narrow roof side facing the West, more heat will be deflected away.

6)      Insulate the garage area – do this if you have a West facing block. You should also use eaves and insulate the west facing garage door.

7)      Insulate west facing walls & ceiling space – other than the summer heat, you should also take note of the cold westerlies in spring. Use thermal wrap foil and invest in batts too.  Also, given that the roof is the largest area facing the sun, heat radiates on this space. Insulating it will prevent the transfer of heat to living areas.

If you implement these tips, you will save a considerable amount of money. But don’t forget that you may need building permits required by local council to modify or make changes. You can find advice on town planning and insight from builders  Melbourne to help you get the best results in your home.