One of the best things about living in Queensland has got to be our amazing weather! As a part of this, the external environment is a huge consideration for any custom home build or renovation project we complete for our clients. It can affect everything from the optimal design of the home to the materials selected. With the harsh summer sun and heavy humidity we get in Queensland, designing your home to suit the environment is crucial. As experienced luxury home builders in Brisbane, the team at Tide can walk you through the things you need to consider to ensure your home is comfortable and suited to the weather, year round.
The iconic Queenslander style home was built for the hot summer days we experience in the Sunshine State and the afternoon storms that often followed. We utilise many of the quintessential Queenslander home features in our Brisbane home builds, including designing many homes to enhance natural ventilation, allowing the home to be opened completely from the front to the back. This encourages the breeze to flow into the home and the rooms coming off the main corridor. We can also implement other forms of ventilation control and insulation to maintain a comfortable climate throughout the hot summer and cooler winter months.
The layout of your home and where your rooms and windows are located in respect to the sun can greatly affect the climate within the space. High use living areas like the living room, kitchen and dining space should ideally face north to receive good lighting and natural breezes and this will also help reduce the effects of the hot afternoon sun as well. Bedroom positioning can be based on personal preference or how they fit best into the overall design of your home. West facing bedrooms avoid the morning sun but east facing bedrooms will be cooler in the evening. As part of our building process, we can discuss your family and lifestyle needs to come up with the perfect design and layout.
Different colours reflect and retain heat differently and this is actually an important consideration for your home build or renovation. When looking at exterior colours in particular, your colour choice can greatly affect the inside temperature of your home. Speaking from years of experience building homes in Brisbane, we often recommend the use of light colours and smooth surfaces for home exteriors to reflect heat away, rather than absorbing it. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean restricting your desired colour scheme, we will always work alongside you to help you make the best colour choices that will also work for our Queensland environment.
While we have outlined some practical elements you need to factor in when considering building a new home or renovating in Queensland, we also want to ensure that your new home allows you to take advantage of the beautiful weather! Outdoor living is synonymous with the Brisbane lifestyle, so why not make your outdoor area a show stopping space that allows you to stay cool and entertain all summer long? When looking at designing and building outdoor entertaining areas and decks, alongside creating spaces that are practical and look amazing, we always consider natural shade options, sun position, structural shade and airflow.
Want to get started creating your perfect home? Tide Constructions are an experienced team that fully understand the Brisbane environment and how it relates to building your dream home. We can create a new luxury build or complete a full home renovation that you can enjoy season after season and year after year. Contact us today!