When you buy a home, you have many factors to consider from the size of the home to its layout, amenities, neighbourhood, accessibility and more. One aspect you may want to move to the top of that list is home orientation or the direction in which your home faces.
Why does the direction your home faces matter? There are several reasons, from the amount of sunlight your home receives, energy efficiency of the home, winter snow and ice, presentation of the home and how energy flows through your home. Let’s take a closer look.
The sun stays in the southern sky in the Northern Hemisphere. If you want to wake up to the sun, you will want your bedroom to be exposed to the sun’s early rays. If you want your kitchen to be less hot during the afternoon, you will want to have your kitchen in the opposite direction of the 4 o’clock Sun.
While the sun’s position can vary by as much as 50 degrees from the summer to the winter equinox in the sky, its sunlight emanates from the south in the Northern Hemisphere. Knowing how the sun’s position moves will help you better understand summer light and winter warmth.
Including energy awareness when you plan your housing site can help you maximum savings. Where your house sits on the lot in relationship to the sun will affect your heating and cooling costs. Ideally position your home in such a way that you benefit from seasonal changes.
Homes with a lot of windows are more affected by temperatures. If your glass faces the sun during the hotter parts of the day, your rooms will be warmer, which will be good in colder climates during the winter. Windows in the north side of your home can make your rooms too cold and drafty.
A North-South-Facing Lot
When you are building a home that is on a lot that faces north or south to the street, plan your construction so that the widest sides of your house also face north and south. This results in the ends of the roof ridge line on a rectangular house pointing to the east and west. Add windows on the south side to capture sunlight and warmth if you live in a cooler or cold climate. If you live in a warmer climate, you may want windows instead on the north side of the house.
Similarly, a house that is on an east or west-facing lot, can have the longer side of the home face south. This means that the ridge line is oriented east-west and the narrow side of the house faces the street. You can decide where to place the entrance – either at the street-facing side or on the wider north-south facing side of the house.
If you are lucky enough to have a home with a gorgeous view, whether it is of mountains, hillsides, beaches or skyline, you will want to pay attention to the direction that your home faces is important. Where can you view the sunset from inside your home? You will want to be able to enjoy the view in a primary area of the home such as your living room, kitchen or bedroom, instead of the closet or laundry room.
Winter Snow and Ice
If your house faces north, you may face obstacles such as ice dams and dripping icicles off the roof if your entrance also faces north because of the snow and ice during the winter months. Your driveway, sidewalk and front entrance will be dangerous to traverse. You can avoid and minimize these problems by having a back door installed. With a north-facing house, your backyard will melt before the front does. Also if your garage is in the back of the house, you can go in and out with minimal intrusions and accidents.
The Front Door
The direction that your home faces matters a lot. This extends also to the front door, primarily for presentation and how you invite your guests indoors. Plan your front door placement and also the surrounding area so that your guests do not have to see your mudroom first before entering your home.
Energy Flow: Vastu and Feng Shui
Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian practice for designing your home to enhance positive energy. For a building to become a home, it needs to radiate positive energy. Each space has its own energy. The flow of energy through a home also matters a great deal and affects your emotions, relationships, productivity and health. Similarly, Feng Shui is a Chinese belief system that emphasizes bringing harmony into the environment using positive energy flow.
Taking these factors into consideration, you can create and occupy a space that you will enjoy calling your home for many years to come.
Just Listed on Lake Simcoe: 968 Degrassi Cove Pl W, Innisfil
This custom home direct waterfront home was built in 2000 by the current owner and has served as a sanctuary for family and friends. Over their 22 years of ownership, they have enjoyed the property during every season.
Degrassi Cove is a small and exclusive waterfront community and share the private road. The forested lands on the opposite side of the street provide great privacy. There is no vehicle traffic other than the neighbours, so it is very safe for kids.
Built as a 4-season home and located on the west-side of Lake Simcoe. You will enjoy north-west facing views of the lake and sunsets. There are no stairs to the water’s edge. The water table is level to the lot, which offers a beautiful beach area along the shoreline. There is great swimming and boating. The portable dock is 65 ft long with a 12’ x 12’ patio area. Boating enthusiasts can store their boat in the dry boathouse. Entertaining on the lake is so easy!
The home offers 2,700 sf on the main and upper level. The principal rooms offer generous space including a large private family room, formal dining room, large great room combined with the eat-in kitchen. In addition, there is 1,535 sf of finished space on the walk-out level. There are four generous size bedrooms. The primary bedroom is situated on the main level and overlooks the lake, and includes a five-piece ensuite, a walk-in closet and a garden door to the lakeside patio area. The three other bedrooms are located on the second floor.
The lower level includes a large recreation room with wood-burning fireplace and a walk-out to the lake. A large office with a built-in desk and bookcases can serve as a large 5th bedroom. The 3-piece bathroom is also equipped with a partially finished cedar-lined sauna. There is plenty of storage space on this level too.
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Staging by @chateau_designandstaging
This professionally designed custom-built home embodies a comfortable, vintage cottage feel built with energy efficient maintenance-free materials. This home offers a private park-like setting, with in- town conveniences. It’s a nature lover’s lot…a sanctuary for birds and wildlife. This one in in a million home was showcased in a 16-page spread in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine.
Shiplap walls and wood slat ceilings throughout impart a cabin-like coziness. The primary bedroom is secluded on the main floor overlooking a wooded area that surrounds the property. The front office duals as an additional main floor bedroom adjacent to a 3-piece bathroom. The upper level includes two additional bedrooms that provide enhanced privacy for guests. One of the bedrooms functions as a seating area with a Murphy bed and small kitchenette. It has been designed as a secure space for future rental opportunity.
Located in the charming lakeside village of Bayfield, this property is a stone-throw away from Lake Huron, a short walk to town, the fishing pier and marina, Pioneer Park and the Community playground. This spectacular property backs on to a designated environmental area and surrounded by trees makes it an ideal retreat for entertaining family and friends.
It’s no secret that green has been trending in a major way lately. Not only does the leafy shade conjure the sensation of being outdoors after two years cooped up at home, it also is a versatile (and welcome) alternative to traditional colors like white and gray.
Sweet 3 bedroom home that has a light and airy feel to the interior. Vaulted ceiling with open concept design creates a welcoming feel with plenty of natural sunlight all afternoon. Hardwood floors in bedrooms. Updated interior ready to be moved in to. It is a special place to call home or cottage.
Large wrap-around deck features West-facing views of 2-acre park of which you would be a 1/10th owner. Private dock for all park owners. Deeded Lake Simcoe access is rare to find. Very private setting with mature trees.
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staging by @chateau_designandstaging
photography by @ishutterphoto
20 Quiet Heights Lane, Georgina provides views of the lake from all spaces on the west side of them home, including the great room, kitchen, dining area, and primary bedroom.
You will enjoy the morning sunrise from the front covered porch and of course, sunset views from the lakeside. The natural sunlight fills the home with warmth and light all day long. It’s tranquil, serene, and welcoming.
In the design stages, the current owner had some important “must-have’s” including a Muskoka like feel, spaciousness, sun-filled rooms, and an “understated elegance“ carried throughout the home.
Some of the interior features include:
– 3 bedrooms on main level and 2 additional bedrooms on the lower level
– 3 full bathrooms plus powder room
– 10.9 ft ceiling height on the main level and 9 ft ceiling height on the lower level
– Great room includes custom millwork and 13 ft vaulted coffered ceiling
– Gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances
– Spectacular light fixtures including ceiling fans in each bedroom
– Custom drapery and blinds
– Radiant heated floors in kitchen, primary ensuite and the entire lower level
– Surround sound system both indoors and outdoors
A full list of room features, additional images, virtual tour, and more can be found on our website (link in bio).
This listing is also available on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)
When you combine the attention to detail of a quality builder with the owner’s vision to create a sanctuary home, the result is spectacular.
This home offers a “Zen” feel immediately upon your arrival.
The landscaping is wonderfully appointed with a collection of perennial gardens, shrubs, mature trees and privacy hedges on both sides, which is home to many birds. There are several seating areas promote great conversation with family and friends or a place to enjoy some quiet time when you want to be alone and enjoy nature all around you.
This is a wonderful home to entertain in both indoors and outdoors. The raised balcony includes a covered area where you can enjoy a summer rain shower. The open area provides lots of space for your chaise loungers to get some sun and watch an array of boats on the lake.
The lower deck is covered and a perfect location for the 7-seater plus lounger hot tub along with another separate seating area to enjoy the lake views.
Listing Price: $1,935,000
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The full listing can be found on our site & on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)