When we leaf through decoration magazines, we often see architectural houses with elaborate shapes: superimposed blocks, wings, unhooked, etc… It’s super pretty, it’s true.
But at the thermal level, it is a calamity (not to mention the additional cost of construction). Unless you absolutely want to wow the gallery, aim for a compact house, which will be much easier to heat.
“The bedroom here, the living room there, the kitchen here, the bathroom. The cellar ? There is still a place here! ” No, no and no ! If you want a house that is pleasant to live in and easy to heat, you will need to follow some basic bioclimatic rules:
Well yes, except that, according to IGC who studied the phenomenon in its experimental houses, it is also a very (too!) Important source of heat in summer, in the evening, when the sun becomes low, creating real discomfort for the occupants!
Then, when we settle in, we quickly understand that we have forgotten the storage. So, if you can, cut back a little on your surfaces to create closets, storage, cellars or even a laundry room.
What could be worse than drying your briefs on a tancarville in the middle of the living room? Or not being able to buy a bike because we have no place to store it?
In the same vein as storage, the garage is sometimes the poor relation of construction. Yet, what could be more practical than the garage? To store the car, motorcycle, bicycles, mower, tools, but also the little one’s scooter, the older one’s surfboard or the camping tent will be a luxury you will not be able to do without.
So try not to make it too small to be able, if you wish, to park your car there while being able to arrange shelves, store equipment … and move around without having to waddle … Think of the little one who will scratch your beautiful bodywork with the brake handle when taking out your mountain bike …
Avoid placing your water features against a chamber. Or at least don’t stick showers, faucets, etc. to room partitions. These are major sources of noise pollution and no one wants to be woken up from sleep by their husband who flushes 50 cm from your head!
You are young, you are probably thinking “You don’t need a room on the first floor, it’s not practical for my plan”. Possible. But know that if you want to sell your property one day, you will miss out on a clientele that is often quite well-off, retirees, for whom having a room on the ground floor is often a decisive choice. So weigh the pros and cons!
Finally, if you are having a house built on a garage or a large basement, try to arrange for the ground floor to be accessible without stairs.
Building is the chance to create a house in your own image, totally personalized. So sometimes, we forget that perhaps, one day, we will have to separate from this house. Change of job, transfer, separation, children who leave the nest, one day or another, you will undoubtedly want to sell your property.
Be careful at this time not to regret too personal choices. As we saw above, a house sells better if it has a bedroom on the ground floor. But there are other points that can be blocking: lack of a bathtub (you deprive yourself of young parents), vis-à-vis, small bedrooms, poor orientation, low-end materials, color of plaster, garage in which you can’t put a car, etc… Make the right choices, those that make you happy but don’t put off potential buyers! You will win!
We come back a little to the previous chapter: you build and you focus on your current needs. But how long are you going to stay in this house? 3 years ? 5 years ? 10 years ? 30 years ? Keep in mind that this may be the house of your life.
Instead, try to create an airlock between your front door and your living room, a place to cut off the view and the cold. A shelf to put the mail, a cupboard for your jacket, coat racks, a mirror … Practical and efficient!
The garage is generally less insulated than the rest of the house and can, moreover, give off odors (gasoline, …) and noise. Make it open to your entrance rather than your living room.
We also see some plans with garages at the end of the hallway in the night area. For cleanliness and silence, this is not the best idea.
Do you have any guests? They may not want to have a bird’s eye view of your room and, at the same time, see your wife sleeping undressed. Create an airlock or have the night section unblocked elsewhere.
Likewise, beware of the rooms which open onto the terrace. This requires you to hold your nest perfectly, to make the bed and to put away the socks that are lying around to avoid a horror sight to your guests!
Sometimes we make our plan by saying to ourselves “the kitchen? It will be there, we’ll see the layout later!” Then we go to your kitchen designer and realize that we are getting nowhere in the plan we have created for ourselves. Do not wait before it’s too late. The kitchen is an integral part of your plan and should be designed with it.
Avoid making a kitchen that is too small if you want to eat there, otherwise, open it up (American kitchen) and, why not, group it with your dining room to create one and large pleasant room rather than two small ones.
Two doors that bang into each other when you open them? A window banging in the door. The door that opens in the toilet forcing you to climb on the toilet to open it.
Check all the directions of opening on your plan and have the doors opened preferably against a wall so that they do not obstruct the passage when they are open.
A house costs around € 1,500 per square meter. In other words, each little space that is useless costs you dearly. And what is less useful than a hallway?
Hunt endless corridors, calculate the clearance / total living area ratio and compare it with houses of the same area. Avoid the sight of the toilets at the end of a long sinister corridor!
On the plan, the living room seems quite large, a beautiful square, superb. Except that once built, slim, you don’t know where to place your awesome TV stand, and, finally, there is no room for the 2 sofas of your dreams!
To avoid this kind of setback, create your furniture on a scale on scraps of paper and place them on plans. You will immediately see what is wrong! Take the opportunity to check that the path between your furniture is possible.
The magic combo? The TV on a wall and opposite, a bay window facing west. A good opportunity to stop watching TV after all.
A bathroom upstairs to the south-east, the kitchen to the north-east, the shower room of the parental suite to the north-west and the hot water tank (or the boiler) to the south-west. Bingo, you will have to wait long seconds each time to feel the hot water coming.
There are a few rules of good conduct to follow when positioning your stove. Finally, it must evacuate the fumes through a duct, this duct leaving your house through the roof (generally).