Moving the living room…

Another update. Fiona came up with the bright idea of moving the main living area from the centre to one side of the upper floor. It’s a move I’ve resisted before because the living area just seemed so right there in the centre with views out of its own South window and those of the rooms on both sides – and indeed the new placement does limit the view slightly (partially offset by increasing the size of the East window) – but against that the new design does bring some significant advantages:

  • Improved flow: the stairs now come up to an open space leading to kitchen, bathroom, deck, dining room and living area.
  • Better kitchen layout: no need for the galley-style kitchen
  • Easier zoning for the living area: just one side wall to close off


Sketchup model of south-facing passive solar house design - 28 October 2007

Sketchup model of south-facing passive solar house design - 28 October 2007


Overall I think the benefits are just too good to ignore. New images and model are available under the same terms as before – Creative Commons “Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike” license.

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2 Responses to “Moving the living room…”

  1. Roger Says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing your challenges and solutions. We have a similar challenge – southerly 270 degree views together with a sloping block that limits our ability to use concrete slab construction for thermal mass.

    Where are you up to now?

  2. Brad Says:

    Thanks for posting the info on your design. I have a similar problem. My block has a wonderful view to the south so our living areas will be at that side of the house. We are looking at a large wall to the north of the house with a skillion roof heading down the south. At the top of the north wall we are planing clerestory windows that will allow the sun to hit the southern end of the the house in winter, but not in summer.

    Still, the difficulty is where to put the bedrooms and such. Some rooms need to be at the north and they will will block the sun getting to the south of the house.