Right Place! Wrong Style!

Finally! you have found the perfect site with fantastic views, plenty of room and the neighbors are great. You have this great vision to design and build your dream home but is it suitable for where you intend to build? One of the reasons we have so many styles of residential architecture is not because of the unlimited creativity of the people who design them but because of the environment they are built in. Different environmental conditions will require certain architectural styles in order to allow the dream home to function appropriately on its own rather than heavily rely on technology to get it over the line. When deciding on the architectural style for your dream home you should consider the environment you are building and design elements such as:
  • ROOF PITCH
  • ROOF EAVES
  • WALL TYPE
  • STORM WATER CONTROLS
ROOF PITCH For regions prone to heavy snow falls during winter, high pitched roofs are the ticket. This restricts the accumulation of snow on your roof and reduces stress on its structure. ROOF EAVES If your dream home involves extensive amounts of glass and will be in a region with extended periods of heat, be sure to include suitably sized roof eaves to shade the glass. Although current glass technology is amazing, it is very expensive. WALL TYPE Wall with greater mass – stone, mud, brick – are great for moderating excessive ranges in temperature during the day. However, your sites location and the ease of getting these materials to this location will become a determining factor. Fortunately, technologies in insulation will compensate. STORMWATER   For regions with excessive rainfall avoid flat roofs or at least roof junctions that will involve closed box gutters. Closed box gutters are notorious for collecting debris and causing serious leaks. The quicker water can be removed from your roof the better. There are many other factors consider however, ultimately you will need to balance other factors such as budget, available contractor expertise and maintenance.  

WHAT ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS WILL GREATLY AFFECT YOUR DREAM HOMES STYLE?

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