If . . .

If you were designing the perfect house, what five (ish) requirements would you start with?

4 Responses to If . . .

  1. Gravedodger says:

    1 Aspect, nature offers the cheapest heating. Prevailing winds, noise, drainage etc, are best managed by geography, and only mitigated by planting and or design
    2 Space, it is poor economy to minimise unless site constraints dictate.
    3 Design for the future not the present. People age, offspring leave, activities and mobility change with time. Always consider who will be next occupier you need them to like it too. Simple is easy to dress, occupy and change.
    4 Compartmentalise so living space can be shrunk when not required, also allows casual and visiting persons privacy and independence.
    5 Access, one big problem that manifests in my other life is vehicle access, doorway siting, awkward corners, narrow stairs and , corridors. Quick easy access is never given priority by planners and is so frustrating.
    6 Integrating wiring, plumbing, heating etc may seem daft but as the plan evolves a change to one may significantly interfere with another, so review constantly
    7 Open homes and spec houses in new subdivisions offer enormous benefits in harvesting ideas currently in vogue in the pre-design phase.

    Too many architects become super confident and tend to tell not listen, they easily disregard basics such as who will use and who will pay.

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  2. TraceyS says:

    Funny, my husband and I were having a conversation about this earlier today.

    We decided that the number one requirement to start with is the existing house.

    The next, whether renovating or building, would be identifying a clever, skilled, craftsman of a builder and finding out his availability because the better he is the longer the waiting list!

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  3. pdm says:

    We had this conversation yesterday based around maximising the sun into living areas in Winter. The dam’n house over the back fence means our lounge and kitchen get very little sun at this time of the year.

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  4. fredinthegrass says:

    While sitting in Picton waiting for the ferry – already 7 hours late – to leave my sense of humour is a little warped.
    How about a roof, four walls, and Hp, if you’ll allow a fifth requirement, how about a floor?

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