Green sustainable design principles to embrace, for your new beachside home.
Building a brand-new, custom-designed beach home is a huge life goal for many Australians. With such a vast coastline, they have no shortage of beautiful locations to do this, including the stunning Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast in southern Victoria.
Building a new home in any location is an exciting prospect but can also be challenging and a little stressful. Beach homes have their own set of unique challenges due to their exposed location and the sometimes harsh beachside climate. However, with the right planning and contractors, you can create a beach home that embraces the coastal environment and lifestyle.
If you want to build a new beach home, then learn about two important design principles that you should embrace to get the best home possible.
Sustainable design and construction have become a huge phenomenon in recent years. The World Green Building Council named Australia as one of the countries with the highest green ratings overall, particularly within the low-rise residential market. Sustainability is important to incorporate into your new home for both ethical and practical purposes.
Ethically, sustainable building is a response to increased awareness of how the sourcing and manufacturing of building materials impacts the natural environment on a local, national and global level. Sustainable building also considers how the ongoing energy needs of a home can be met without burdening the environment.
Practically, a sustainable home is cheaper to run and will cost less to heat and cool than a traditional home. With the increasing number of Australians who value sustainability in a home, your home will be more valuable and more appealing to buyers if you plan to sell it in the future.
When designing and building a sustainable beach home, here are some ideas that you can incorporate:
Talk to your building contractor about using these design and sustainability ideas for your new beach home.
Ergonomics is the science of designing spaces and products with enhanced human interaction in mind. While people often associate the concept of ergonomics with offices and other work spaces, it's also a very valuable concept for residential design and construction. Using ergonomics will make your home easier and more enjoyable to live in.
A great example of this concept for a beach home is adding the beachside equivalent of a boot room, which is a common feature in rural homes. A beach home's boot room is a small space that's dedicated to keeping sand from the beach out of the house and storing beach equipment with easy access. Plenty of storage, a small shower room and flooring that's easy to clean are features to consider.
When you work on the design of your home, here are some questions to ask when considering how ergonomics can make your home more user- friendly:
If you'd like to incorporate these design principles into your new home, contact the team at Coastyle Building Solutions. We can help you to create and construct the perfect beachside home for you and your family.