Most people spend a lot of time imagining the dream home, but planning the space goes way beyond that, so we’ve written this article with some tips for you to split and organize the rooms.
The design of an organized house begins well before the work, still in the elaboration of the architectural plans. In them, small details must be taken into account, because in the end, they will make a big difference, bringing economy and comfort to your residence.
If you are still in the planning stage and are already concerned about the proper use of the rooms and rooms, read our article with everything you need to know before building your house. Already in the built houses, following some precepts of design and civil engineering can make the difference.
Here are 6 tips we’ve brought to help you with the task of planning your home space:
1- Position the rooms thinking about the solar incidence
Imagine the following situation: your office faces west. Consequently, it will receive light more strongly from noon to dusk, the hottest part of the day. This is likely to cause discomfort and consequent headaches.
Thinking about how to take full advantage of natural luminosity in the planning phase of a construction from scratch, or just a renovation, is one of the key factors that will determine whether you will have a good quality of life in the future.
Not to mention the savings this can bring on the account!
Analyzing the solar incidence in practice
Each building should take into account the solar incidence of the region in which it is inserted, in the case of Rio, the north face becomes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. When it comes to the east and west sides, the former usually receives sunshine from dawn until noon (a room with windows facing this region is the one we usually see in newspaper ads characterized as “morning sun”); and the second (known as “afternoon sun”) is usually the most problematic, since it receives sun from midday to late afternoon, just the hottest period of the day, as quoted at the beginning of the text. Finally, the southern part usually receives very little solar radiation during the year, being the freshest place of the building.
So, notice that in Rio de Janeiro the north side is ideal for a living room, for example. Already the southern part can be a good option for the kitchen, as a commonly hot room. The eastern part of the house tends to be more pleasant for the distribution of the rooms, while the west is generally avoided, being used for minor environments such as service areas.
2- Think about how the ventilation will be
What is the use of not suffering from heat in your home, but feeling in a stuffy place? Taking Rio de Janeiro as an example, where temperatures and humidity tend to be high, taking advantage of natural ventilation is a great resource. One could say even fundamental to life not only in this city but in the whole of Brazil, especially if you consider the increase in electricity expenses lately and you are thinking of saving by reducing the time that the air conditioning gets connected.
Have you heard of cross ventilation? This type of ventilation comprises placing spans such as doors and windows on opposite or adjacent walls and in the orientation of local winds (eg north-south, east-west). Do you realize how good it is? If not, just think that so you put the places for in and out of the winds in the direction of their flow in the region of their construction.
3- Do not leave the bathroom in areas of common use:
Imagine only you being visited and at some point decides to take a shower. When it’s over, you wrap yourself in the towel and head toward your room, past the visitors. Or take all your clothes to the bathroom and change clothes there. Both situations are unpleasant, do you agree?
A very common misconception committed when designing the layout of a home is to place the bathroom overlooking common areas of use. When planning your floor plan, care should be taken to ensure that the bathroom door does not face the rooms or the kitchen. Ideally, it should be close to the rooms, in a hallway, for example, and if it is just a bathroom for the whole house, it has easy access also for the visitors. This ensures the privacy of the user and avoids discomfort for those present.
4- Group wet areas:
The hydraulic installations correspond to 7% to 11% of the total value of the work. However, by using some devices, the cost of the hydraulic lines can be reduced.
For this the wet areas, ie bathrooms, kitchens and service areas should be nearby. In addition to this proximity, when two of these rooms are adjacent, sharing the same hydraulic wall is also an economical alternative.
Another important detail that reduces costs is the positioning of the water tank. This should preferably be done near these wet areas. Thus, the water pressure in the equipment will be higher and the expense with pipes for the distribution will be lower