There are many types and styles of houses from which to choose, but I’ll list some common questions one might ask when trying to decide on their future home. I’ll start with possibly the most conclusive factor, followed by several subfactors.
— Cost. It’s no secret that more money equals more return — and it’s no different when concerning the purchase of a home. This is not to say that simply dumping endless amounts of cash into a building project will in all cases yield a proportional outcome, but the amount of available funds will by and large determine the upper limit in terms of the quality of the following subfactors:
- Durability. Even if the house is cheap, if it doesn’t last, you’ll be back to square one. Durability comes with both quality materials as well as quality construction, which includes quality structural design.
- Size. The more people there are, the larger your house needs to be to comfortably house them. Floor area as well as number of rooms are important when determining the ideal size of a house. However, floor area is what’s typically used when calculating the price of the overall construction of a house as well as the price of one that’s already built, not the number of rooms. (Taxes are also levied according to floor area.)
- Location. This has to do with the land rather than the house itself. The better the location, ie, proximity to convenient public transport, schools, main arteries to town, etc, the more the land will cost, as well as the land tax.
- Aesthetics. A house can be durable without being beautiful. Of course, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s pretty safe to say that there are certain features that make a house pleasing to the eye of most people.
This is where architectural design plays a critical part. Hiring qualified and talented professionals for this aspect of the design is the first step to building an aesthetically pleasing home.
- Thermal Efficiency. This is a factor that many people may not consider. This ties in directly to environmental sustainability, as the more efficient a house is, the less energy it will require to keep it at a comfortable temperature throughout the year.
Practically speaking, thermal efficiency can be achieved through the consideration of such things as window placement in relation to the sun’s position; insulation and thermal properties of walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs; and angle and overhang-length of eaves.
- Abundance, or lack, of interior commodities that raise the quality of life of the occupants. These things include (as examples): ratio of bathrooms and showers to bedrooms (or number of occupants); number and placement of electrical outlets as well as built-in LAN dispersion throughout the house; amount of closet and storage space; adequate number, size, and placement of windows to allow optimal sunlight penetration.
- Outdoor to indoor area ratio. Being that a given plot of land has limited area, one must determine just how much of this land he will dedicate to the structure, and how much he will leave open for such things as parking and possibly a garden of some kind.
Homes with no balconies or open roof-tops, may want to have a larger yard area, whereas those with one or more such built-in additions may get by with a smaller one. Households with pets, children, and outdoor hobbies may also opt for a larger outdoor area.
As you may have noticed, the above points cover the more fixed aspects of a given home, as in, those you can’t so easily change without major construction or reform. Things like heating, air-conditioning, and even light fixtures, can all be bought and changed to suit your needs and wants. The exception to this would be in colder climates where it would be more efficient across the board to have central heating built into the structure.