The windows and curb appeal of a home is very important because it’s the soul and eyes of your home. Plus, they are the features that are prominent which can break or make the appearance of a house.
When you consider buying a new house, there are many things you would concentrate on or look at. These include features such as whether the foundation is solid, does the roof have leaks, is the wiring properly done, etc. Plus, other things that can affect your daily lifestyle is also important, such as quality and quantity of the light flowing through the house, the layout, size of the grounds, the location, etc.
Flow indoor to outdoor
With correct flow, it can enhance your lifestyle experience hugely. Moving with ease between these two areas will make family time, BBQ’s and events a breeze. Plus, you can be sure of sufficient light streaming into your living room. It’s important to choose French accordion or sliding glass doors between the outdoor and main living area, especially if you are building your own house.
The room sizes
You don’t want rooms that are either too small or too big. You need a size to fit in with your lifestyle. It’s important to imagine the rooms with your furniture in and placed where you want them to know if the space will be sufficient. Measure them to scale and discuss it in detail with the planner if building. Yet, if you look at an existing house, make sure your furniture will fit in properly as it is a hassle to move in and find your furniture does not fit.
Layout of the interior
With the floor plan or interior layout of your house, whether you want to build or buy an existing home, it’s important to consider your daily activities. When looking for a home to buy, imagine what it would be like to live there as you walk through the house. Things like narrow passages and sharp corners might be difficult to move around with small kids around, you will need enough space to move naturally from room to room.
Placements and size of windows
It’s always possible to modify and add windows if you buy an existing home, but it can be an expensive change and you should rather look for the house, that have well-placed and sufficient windows. If building, consider your windows with care, look at the direction of the sun, and the scenery outside.
How much natural light is in the home?
This may be easy to overlooking when you attend an open house but is an important fact to consider. After you visit a variety of houses, make a list of the best ones you like and schedule appointments at different times to take another look. Seeing a house in a different light, or at a different time of day can help to get a bigger picture of how much natural light infiltrates the house.
Considerations of regional weather
If you live in an area where the winters are cold, it might be a good idea to have your garage attached to the home. You also need to consider entrances and the driveway, ensure these are easy-to-shovel when there is snowfall.
For climates that are warmer, it is a good idea to focus on big trees that can provide sufficient shade without damaging the home. Trees will also be required for walkways and for relaxation in the garden.
Orientation of the house on a lot
The position of your home can affect the amount of natural light you will get. Plus, it can also influence your cooling and heating bills. Make sure if building that the home is facing in the correct direction. The direction will depend on weather conditions in your area, yet, with enough windows right around, it can be warm in winter and cool in summer.
About kitchen features
Most of the time, the kitchen is the woman’s domain and she will know what to look for. However, important features except for the layout and shape of the kitchen need to be looked at.
The following is considered as top of the list:
The amount of natural light streaming in,
Number of sinks,
Flat surfaces for working on
How many bathrooms?
To add an additional bathroom can be a very expensive outlay. Therefore, it’s important to make sure there are enough bathrooms to meet the needs of the family. You don’t want to buy a beautiful house with only one bathroom if you have a big family, as everyone will have to fall in line for their turn.
It is also important to consider the layout of the bathrooms in a house. Will you require a shower and bath or only one of these? Also look at the windows and shower doors, are the shower doors glass or will fiberglass be suitable?
How close are your neighbors?
It’s nice to have neighbors around you but having a big yard for outdoor relaxation and privacy is also very important. Remember, when the day comes that you want to resell your home, small spaces for gardens and no room to relax will jeopardize your chance to get the price you want.
The right neighborhood
This should be at the top of your list when you start searching for a home. If you have small children it’s important to look for an area where schools are close by, as well as in close proximity to your family and work. Other features of a neighborhood should include parks, libraries, shops, and sports facilities within walking distances.