Don’t wing it! Prepare for an extraordinary design
Everyone has their own individual style however when it comes to design, building and innovation there are a few things you should consider to ensure you get the best value and functionality out of your next project.
- One of the most cost effective ways to stay comfortable at home and to save on your energy bills is to design your new home or renovation to suit the climate you’re living in. Climate will have a direct impact on the type of building materials you’ll use when you’re building a new home or renovation. It will affect the design of your floor plan, how much glass and how much shading or insulation you may need. And that’s just the beginning.
- Make the most of natural lighting so you can create a light air filled space that you’ll enjoy spending time in. Design your living areas and rooms so they face the midday sun, by doing this you’ll save on heating and lighting costs. Using lighter coloured paints and finishes will also help to create a light and bright space.
- Use environmentally friendly products and designs where you can. There is a great range of innovative products available such as insulated wall panels made from recycled materials, as well as natural paints and even cement that’s manufactured in a less energy intensive way. These products work the same as ordinary products and some are cost competitive, so it’s definitely worth looking into these options. You can also visit the buildBITS.com.au website where you can buy or sell new, used, recycled or surplus building materials. A great place to help you save some money on your next building project.
- Even though large glass-wall areas provide an open living feel, don’t go overboard with it. Glass can create comfort but it can also create glare problems. Glass also has a low resistancy, which means it will let out approximately 10 times more heat in winter and let in 100 times more heat in summer. If you’re going to use glass, make sure it’s energy efficient and use a moderate amount for your windows, skylights, and glass doors.
The key here is to be prepared and to seek professional advice before you jump in.
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