Needs, Preferences and Essentials of a Good Home
People have different personal lifestyle needs; and the other reasons behind the construction of their homes. For instance, a person may feels that he/she needs a spacious house for efficient family activities; while another person will just need a luxury vacation home for a temporal stay over the winter season. Therefore, the architectural design and style for the houses of such persons will be completely different.
However, despite the variances in architectural designs, styles and needs of these different groups of people; the different housing units built must have several basic features/facilities that generate the comfort; as well as satisfaction desired from any good shelter.
Properly Lit Rooms
Recently, there have been heightened sensitization and awareness to conserve energy. This is by embracing renewable energy. This means that, natural light should be plentiful in a house. This can be achieved by ensuring that all rooms of the house have windows; which are large enough to enable sufficient entry of sunlight during day time.
At night, electrical fixtures for lighting fixed should be well distributed to provide sufficient light. Also, back-up lighting system should be put in place for emergencies when there are technical problems with electric power; e.g: candles or solar energy.
Moreover, any housing unit built should have a prior plan; which considers the occupant’s current and future lifestyles. This means that family members or guest who might visit should be considered. Hence, the house should be spacious enough to comfortably accommodate them. The compound within; which the home is situated also need to be spacious enough to accommodate other needs like a garage; or a small home garden; as well as allow family activities to be carried out effectively.
A home should be located in a cool environment; which isn’t too noisy to an extent of disrupting sleep at night. The location should be healthy and free from common disease outbreaks. Generally the home should offer the serenity desired for a person’s comfort. The location should be accessible at least by vehicles to enable you move your property with ease.
As a matter of fact, a good housing system should be able to cater for the needs of the occupant(s). The basic facilities common to all homes include; a kitchen, enough sleeping and resting rooms, a spacious living room, a storage room, rest rooms; as well as an extra room for guests.
Also, if there is need for an home office or library or basement; then the house should accommodate them. Other luxurious facilities needed should also be included in the planning of the house; such as swimming pools or a yard.
Make efficient use of resources.
Furthermore, water and sewerage systems should be available; and renewable to ensure that the environment is not depleted by any over use. The house should not have any unused or under-utilized room. Roofing system should be designed to make it possible to tap rain water; which could be used later for gardening; or can be treated and used for domestic purposes.
Meanwhile, the roofing should also allow for installation of solar panels; for the purpose of renewable solar energy.
This is usually the most important element of any good house. Nonetheless, it need to secure the occupants form bad weather; as well as any other external invasion. Therefore the location, materials used and design should all contribute to securing the occupants.
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