Building using house design elements


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When building a house, the use of design elements can mean you have a functional and sustainable home. In our harsh climate, taking advantage of certain design elements can mean your home is cooler in the summer.

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Building using house design elements

  1. 1. Building Using House Design ElementsWhen you are building a new home you not only want it to be beautiful, you want it to befunctional, sustainable where possible and incorporate design elements that make your homeunique and stand out in all the best ways possible. The design elements that are used in yourhome should be ones that offer a lifelong appeal that remain interesting and exciting. Once youhave come to a decision on areas such as which position on the land will benefit your home thebest you can then look at the design elements in your home.There are certain things that make up a well designed home that house builders Brisbaneshould consider during the design stage. For instance, a home that is adaptable and durable isone that works well with the climate in the area and can last many lifetimes. Position is veryimportant for a home as depending on where the sun rises and sets, a home can be affected orunaffected if designed well, by excessive heat. On the flipside, it can also draw heat whenneeded from good solar orientation. Placing rooms such as living areas where the most sun willbe is a good use of the natural light that should also reduce the cost of energy bills.Other design features can take advantage of natural ventilation and breezes. Existing windpatterns and the use of outbuildings, plants and trees can be used to maximise the effect of theposition of openings to capture cooling breezes in summer. These features can also be used tokeep out hot and cold winds and help in ventilation, drawing hot air out through skylights andshuttered vents.Home builders Brisbane can take advantage of other design elements that that take intoaccount the unique to the Queensland climate. The careful selection of building materials canhelp minimise heating cost in winter and cooling costs in summer. By selecting materials thathave good insulation qualities or clever design elements such as incorporating water tanks intowalls or floors, one can not only be environmentally conscious but also save money on energycosts. Glass is also a poor insulator so the design around the windows in your home can helpstop heat gain and loss. To help make your windows more efficient the use of overhangingeaves, shutter and awnings, verandas and the placement of trees around the house can alsohelp absorb the heat.The careful consideration to design elements when building a house can add to thefunctionality and sustainability whilst still remaining aesthetically pleasing and long lasting.